#tools


The New VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam is an easy-to-use iPhone cam­era app with ele­gant, min­i­mal pro­cess­ing options. The sleek inter­face and stream­lined work­flow enable you to quick­ly cre­ate beau­ti­ful images to share via major social media out­lets.

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Blend Textures In Your Instagram Photography

If you are look­ing to add a bit more extra (or explore a bit) with your Pho­tog­ra­phy, specif­i­cal­ly with Insta­gram, read on. It took me a while to track down these sources so I hope they help you find more cre­ative ways in using Insta­gram; and in the process, learn and grow more with your Pho­tog­ra­phy style.

For this post, I will be intro­duc­ing three peo­ple who are con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­ni­ty by cre­at­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing free texture/pattern/overlay packs. You prob­a­bly have seen a lot of amaz­ing images late­ly using these or a com­bi­na­tion there of.

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Sublime Text 2, Fetch Settings, and Zen Coding

I recent­ly been using Sub­lime Text 2 as my text-edi­tor (for text, code, etc.). I was using Text­Mate 1.5.x before­hand, but that project hasn’t been updat­ed in a while (oth­er than Text­Mate 2.0 Alpha’s of course). Any­ways, Sub­lime Text 2 is pret­ty fast. I can’t wait to see what else it can do with future improve­ments, espe­cial­ly once it gets out of beta-devel­op­ment.

If you are new to it, you may have a read over at Net­tuts+ for some tips & tricks. Also, be sure to check-out the Zen Cod­ing project.

Zen Cod­ing is an edi­tor plu­g­in for high-speed HTML, XML, XSL (or any oth­er struc­tured code for­mat) cod­ing and edit­ing. The core of this plu­g­in is a pow­er­ful abbre­vi­a­tion engine which allows you to expand expressions—similar to CSS selectors—into HTML code.

You may install the Zen Cod­ing pack­age via Sub­lime Text 2’s Pack­age Con­trol (instruc­tions are in the linked Net­tuts+ arti­cle above).

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Bash Completion, Along with SVN and Git Tab Completion

Time is pre­cious. I installed these util­i­ties to save some of it:

I install bash-com­ple­tion via Mac­Ports on my Macs.

sudo port install bash-completion

I then saved this svn-com­ple­tion script to local­ly, and did a sudo cp:

sudo cp bash_completion /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d/svn-completion.sh

Note: “bash_completion” is the file linked on “svn-com­ple­tion script”. I hope that avoids con­fu­sion.

Last but not least, I then installed the git-com­ple­tion script. I first checked the ver­sion of Git I have via Mac­Ports which hap­pens to be 1.6.0.5.1 I then saved and untarred the Git tar­ball of the ver­sion I have local­ly. Then did anoth­er sudo cp of the actu­al git-com­ple­tion script to the same direc­to­ry where my svn-completion.sh is locat­ed at:

sudo cp git-1.6.0.5/contrib/completion/git-completion.bash /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d/git-completion.sh

After that, I added the fol­low­ing to to my .pro­file (or .bash_profile):

# for bash-completion
if [ -f /opt/local/etc/bash_completion ]; then
    . /opt/local/etc/bash_completion
fi
source /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d/svn-completion.sh
source /opt/local/etc/bash_completion.d/git-completion.sh

Either restart your Ter­mi­nal, or re-exe­cute your .pro­file, and that would do it.

For more info on Git com­ple­tion, check out this arti­cle by Kamal Fariz (bit­flu­ent).

  1. Got it by using git ver­sion. []

SUMO Paint — A Flash-based Photoshop Clone

SUMO Paint

Dope­ness. SUMO Paint is a free image edit­ing soft­ware that gives you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to cre­ate, edit and com­ment images online with pow­er­ful tools and lay­er sup­port. I tried it for a quick bit, and I bare­ly noticed any lag using it; then again, I didn’t have so much lay­ers yet.

Being that its a Flash-based application/tool, that’s a whole lot of user-sup­port and mar­ket share. That’s remark­able as Design­ers and non-Design­ers a like can use it whether they’re away from their work­sta­tions or just don’t have Pho­to­shop or appli­ca­tions like it at their dis­pos­al. Some of the fea­tured I’m dig­ging are: Shape Trails, Sym­me­try Tool, and it’s sup­port for Cooliris3D Gallery (for­mer­ly Pix­el­Lens).

Any­ways, go check it out and let your mind free. You may access the appli­ca­tion direct­ly via sumopaint.com/app/