Going to Akademy 2014

Akademy 2014

In two weeks I’m going to Akademy 2014, the annual summit of the KDE community.
This year it will take place in Brno, at the University of Technology, from September 6th to 12th. As usual, the main talks will be during the 2 first days (6th-7th), then we will have a week filled with Birds-of-feather, workshops and meetings. I’ll present a workshop about “Creating interface mockups and textures with KDE software” on Monday 8th.

Akademy is a really important event for the KDE community and for Free Software more generally. That can happen thanks to the support from some generous sponsors. You can become one here, or make some donations to support KDE through out the year here.

See you @ Akademy 2014!

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Krita booth at Siggraph 2014

This year, for the first time, we had a Krita booth at Siggraph. If you don’t know about it, Siggraph is the biggest yearly Animation Festival, which happened this year in Vancouver.
We were four people to hold the booth:
-Boudewijn Rempt (the maintainer of the Krita project)
-Vera Lukman (the original author of our popup-palette)
-Oscar Baechler (a cool Krita and Blender user)
-and me ;) (spreading the word about Krita training; more about this in a next post…)

Krita team at Siggraph

Together with Oscar and Vera, we’ve been doing live demos of Krita’s coolest and most impressive features.

Krita booth

We were right next to the Blender booth, which made a nice free-open-source solution area. It was a good occasion for me to meet more people from the blender team.

Krita and Blender booth

People were all really impressed, from those who discovered Krita for the first time to those who already knew about it or even already used it.
As we already started working hard on integrating Krita for VFX workflow, with support for high-bit-depth painting on OpenEXR files, supporting OpenColorIO color management, and even animation support, it was a good occasion to showcase these features and get appropriate feedback.
Many studios expressed their interest to integrate Krita into their production pipeline, replacing less ideal solutions they are using currently…
And of course we met lots of digital painters like illustrators, concept artists, storyboarders or texture artists who want to use Krita now.
Reaching such kinds of users was really our goal, and I think it was a success.

There was also a bird of feather event with all Open-source projects related to VFX that were present there, which was full of great encounters.
I even could meet the guy who is looking at fixing the OCIO bug that I reported a few days before, that was awesome!

OpenSource Bird Of Feather

So hopefuly we’ll see some great users coming to Krita in the next weeks/months. As usual, stay tuned ;)

*Almost all photos here by Oscar Baechler; much more photos here or here.

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KDE aux RMLL 2014

Post in French, English translation below…

Dans quelques jours débuteront les 15em Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre à Montpellier, du 5 au 11 Juillet.
Ces rencontres débuteront par un week-end grand public dans le Village du Libre, dans lequel nous aurons un stand de démonstration des logiciels de la communauté KDE.

Ensuite durant toute la semaine se tiendront des conférences sur différents thèmes, la programmation complète se trouve ici . J’aurai le plaisir de présenter une conférence sur les nouveautés récentes concernant les logiciels libre pour l’animation 2D, programmée le Jeudi à 10h30, et suivie par un atelier de crétion libre sur le logiciel de dessin Krita de 14h à 17h.

Passez nous voir au stand KDE ou profiter des conférences et ateliers si vous êtes dans le coin!

En passant, un petit rappel pour deux campagnes importantes de financement participatif:
-Le Kickstarter pour booster le dévelopment de la prochaine version de Krita vient de passer le premier palier d’objectif! Il reste maintenant 9 jours pour atteindre le second palier qui nous permettrai d’embaucher Sven avec Dmitry pour les 6 prochains mois.

-La campagne pour financer le Randa Meeting 2014, réunion permettant aux contributeurs de projets phares de la communauté KDE de concentrer leurs efforts. Celle ci se termine dans 8 jours.

Pensez donc si ce n’est déjà fait à soutenir ces projets ;)

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In a few days will begin the 15th “Rencontres Moniales du Logiciel Libre” in Montpellier, from 5th to 11th of July. This event will begin with a week-end for general publicaudience at the “Village du Libre”, where we will have a KDE stand to show the cool software from our community.

Then for the whole week there will be some conferences about several topics, the full schedule is here. I’ll have the pleasure to present a talk about recent news on free software for 2D animation on thursday 10.30 am, followed by a workshop about free creation on Krita painting software from 2 to 5 pm.

Come say hello at the KDE stand or enjoy the conferences and workshop if you’re around!

On a side note, a little reminder for two crowdfunding campaign:
-The Kickstarter to boost Krita development just reached the first step today! We now have 9 days left to reach the next step that will allow us to hire Sven together with Dmitry for the next 6 months.

-The Randa Meeting 2014 campaign, this meeting will allow contributors from key KDE projects to gather and get even more productive than usual.

So think about helping those projects if ou haven’t already ;)

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A report from the Krita Sprint 2014

A few days ago we had the Krita Sprint 2014 in Deventer. It was very productive, with all expected topics discussed but also unexpected improvements that came from it.

The first day, I spent some time testing the cintiq 13hd on linux, and noticed that sadly the calibration in kcm-wacom-tablet module didn’t work at all with it (xsetwacom reporting unchanged Area values..), only the gnome3 one worked properly.
Then I spent more time to find the right steps to make the Huion H610 work properly on Linux with Krita, which was successful in the end. The result is now in Krita.org FAQ.

After this, more people arrived. It was so nice to can put a face on some cool new active contributors that I knew well from IRC but didn’t have a chance to meet IRL yet.
Along the days we ran across all reported bugs, to check them and confirm known issues. We had discussions planning the direction for next major versions (2.9/3.0).
Boudewijn and Wolthera made good work on preparing the Kickstarter’ we are about to launch, and we had more collective brainstorming about it to finish the details..

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(Two great active Krita users, by a third one…)

We had a little user-demo session where we could show developers the current state of Krita for different kinds of style and workflow.
That kind of session is always very instructive. After I shown in my demo the gmic colorize-filter, we had a discussion about it with Steven, where is born the idea to have an option to put each color on different layer.
There comes a remote contribution from magic’ David Tscumperlé, who made this option real quite right after he recieved the request, and improving it after a bit more live discussion.
(I could only test it in Gimp for now, but an option to update GMIC directly from the GUI should come soon in Krita too thanks to Lukas ;) )

Some other notable cool unexpected improvements:
-The composition docker is now much more usable thanks to Sven, with possibility to update and rename compositions, and advanced export-selections.
-The Zoom shortcut steps have been improved by Dmitry, after a few patch/test iterations the result is now much better with better scaled values.

Dan and Stuart were here too, working mostly on fixing bugs and improving Sketch and Gemini versions. Again it was really cool to can put a face on some good IRC friends.
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(The Krita Sprint Team 2014 – Photo by DmitryK )

I brought some homework for the next few months, as we have the ressource package manager almost ready, it’ll be a good occasion for me to update the default workspaces and brush presets before 2.9 release.
And not forgeting that GSOC time has started so I’ll spend some time following the progress of Somsubhra on the animation branch, awesome things coming!!

Thanks a lot again to KDE e.V. who made this awesome sprint possible with their support, and to Boudewijn and Irina who kindly hosted us.

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LGM 2014, one more year of awesomeness in Libre graphics software

Here’s my report of the Libre Graphics Meeting 2014 that took place in Leipzig last week:
-Very nice people
-Awesome projects
-Productive connections
-Time was flying (and a quadcopter drone too… ;P )

Seriously, it has been one more impressive meeting, big thanks to the organisers who made very good work!
And again, very big thanks to KDE e.V. for supporting me to can represent Krita there.
I could make a workshop about managing all kinds of assets in Krita, and participants were very happy about it. I also improvised a little lightning talk to forward the Krita Steam early access announcement that happened the same week.

Then, lots of unexpected productive discussions:
-I spent lot of time talking with Tom Lechner and learned some cool fanzine production tips, that make me want to do some now. And he’s a crazy good independant comics artist, so it was very inspiring to can discuss comics related topics with him.
He also has developed incredibly good new tools in his Laidout software, I definitely must give them a try! And I hope to see some of these tools included in others libre graphics software at some point, as he’s been working on the Tool Sharing concept..

-I met Manuel Quiñones, the one who made the xsheet-mypaint branch two years ago for a local animation production in Argentina. He is now working on a new “Xsheet” animation software from scratch using libmypaint for the brushes and GEGL as “canvas engine”. Again it was really good to can meet him and discuss animation related projects, and how his xsheet software could be used in combination with the Krita animation plugin that is in progress.

-David Tschumperlé from Gmic was there too for the first time, so it was great to finally meet him personally as we worked together recently on the colorize-comics filter. I hope to can send him good ideas for some new Gmic filters soon.

And of course all the other presentation and workshop topics were immensely interesting for someone working in graphics: fonts creation, raw photography workflow, all kinds of 3D work with Blender, Inkscape and SVG specs evolutions, the Libre Graphics Magazine team talks…

It was cool to see the Gnome design group talk, but then I’ve been thinking that the new Visual Design Group in KDE community was badly missing, so I hope some of them will be able to come next year.

Look forward to the conference videos that should be online soon, and the first LGM-people aerial-group-video recorded by Jakub Steiner from his funny quadcopter!

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