Whats on the DVD

First of all, you will find this book in PDF format (Goelker_GIMP2_6ebook. pdf) on the DVD. You may want to copy this to your computer so that you can quickly search for specific topics. The DVD also contains a folder named SampleImages where you'll find master copies of all images used in this book. You can use them to practice the exercises found in the tutorial. You will also find the finished images from most exercises in the FinishedImages folder so you can compare your work.

In addition, the DVD includes the GIMP installation files for three operating systems: Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. To download more recent program versions or installation files, it is recommended that you visit the websites listed in this book. You can access them directly from the LinkList on the DVD.

Windows users will find all files necessary to install the GIMP version 2.6 on the DVD, including various helper programs and plug-ins and the RAW developer UFRaw. Linux users will find the GIMP source code for version 2.6.10.

Users of Mac OS version 10.5 and 10.4 (for both Intel and PPC Macs) will find the installation file for GIMP version 2.6.10. The disc images already have UFRaw installed. The help function will be installed from the application's folder.

GIMP is open-source software that can be distributed for free under the condition that the development software, or source code, is included in the distribution. You don't have to install the source code unless you're a Linux user or you want to further develop or reprogram the software. The source code is not required to work with GIMP.

Open-source software is distributed under the GPL license, excluding all warranties. Be aware of the fact that neither the author nor the publishing company provide a warranty for the software shipped with this book, nor do they guarantee that it will operate without problems on your computer.

The DVD includes the IrfanViewer freeware program for Windows. IrfanViewer is a free image viewer that does much more than view images (See iview427-setup.exe and irfanview_plugins_427_setup.exe in the Programs > Irfanviewer folder).

For those interested, the free basic version of FDRTools (an HDR program) is included on the DVD (FDRToolsBasic232.msi for Windows, FDRToolBasic232_i386.dmg for Mac OS X Intel and FDRToolBasic232_PPC.dmg for OSX Mac PowerPC). You will also find the open-source software Hugin for stitching panoramic pictures (Hugin_2009-4-0_win32_setup.exe, hugin-mac-2010.0.0.dmg, hugin-2010.0.0.tar.gz)

Furthermore, you will find several other programs to manage your images, to create HDR images, and for calibrating your monitor under windows. The collection of programs is supplemented with the currently available versions of GIMP hacks as well as a collection of interesting plug-ins, script-fus, and GIMP themes.

Some of the files on the DVD, as well as most of the files available for download on the Internet, are compressed ZIP archives. To unpack or decompress such a file, you will need a piece of software or shareware, like the popular WinZip (http://www.winzip.com) for Windows or Stuffit for Mac OS, Linux, and Windows (http://www.stuffit.com/). You will also find the freeware program 7zip (Windows) or p7zip (Linux) and 7zX(Mac OS) on the DVD, all of which can be used to unpack files.

To view the PDF format of this book from the CD, you need a PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader (http://www.adobe.de/products/acrobat/ readstep2.html) for all three operating systems, or GhostScriptViewer (http:// pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/gsview/get49.htm) for Windows or Linux. The DVD additionally provides the following files and directories:

• FinishedImages

This folder, the subfolder Gardapanorama, and the subfolder Exposure Bracketing contain all images that have been used as examples in this book as reference. (All images copyright by Klaus Golker except for miami.tif, copyright by Julius Seidl, and moon.png, courtesy of NASA.

• SampleImages

This folder contains the images used in the workshop exercises in the book. For the most part, the images contain the layers too.

The subfolders contain all programs necessary for installing GIMP under Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Moreover, you will find plug-ins and additional auxiliary programs such as the programs mentioned earlier.

• E-book version of the book (in screen size) lets you look up and find information quickly. (Goelker_GIMP2_6ebook.pdf).

This html file contains the Internet addresses mentioned in the book. The file opens in your browser. Click on the links to visit the websites.

• Installation references and link lists for the installation of GIMP on Mac OS X (GIMP_InstallationOnMacOS.html).

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Digital Cameras For Beginners

Although we usually tend to think of the digital camera as the best thing since sliced bread, there are both pros and cons with its use. Nothing is available on the market that does not have both a good and a bad side, but the key is to weigh the good against the bad in order to come up with the best of both worlds.

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