Flickr: A New Take on an Instagram Alternative [Link]

Flickr: A New Take on an Instagram Alternative [Link]

Flickr Mobile Screenshot

Recently I dropped Instagram and started using my Tumblr account to post my pictures. It has worked out, but is still a bit awkward to use a separate app (Snapseed) to edit my pictures before posting. I used to use Flickr a lot and kind of stopped sometime last year when my membership was up for renewal and Instagram had become my app to post photos online.

Recent versions of the Flickr mobile app have added many features like photo editing, filters and social integration which makes it a very good Instagram replacement.

App.Storm has a great write-up on the app.

There was a bit of a ruckus in December when Instagram changed its Terms of Service and then changed them back. At the same time, Yahoo released an all-new Flickr app for iPhone that was clearly an Instagram competitor, but word on the street quickly grew and word was good: Flickr was a good competitor.

I’m still going to continue using Tumblr, but when it comes to posting photos it will be done through the Flickr app which allows me to post to Tumblr. App.Storm give the Flickr Mobile App a rating of 8 out 10.

Flickr’s filters make it a great alternative to Instagram and its social elements are great, but its real power lies in the power it gives professionals.

The App is available for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone

Build Your Own Adobe Creative Suite with Free and Cheap Software

Build Your Own Adobe Creative Suite with Free and Cheap Software [Link]

Two weeks ago I posted how to get Adobe Creative Suite 2 for free which is a great product, but still around seven years old. If you’re looking for new features you’ll need to build your own suite using free and/or cheaper software. Lifehacker has a great post on several alternatives for each of the products which make up Adobe Creative Suite.

Adobe’s Creative Suite is one of the best software packs out there for professionals, but the suite is prohibitively expensive for most people. If you can’t drop the cash, you can still get a similar experience with free or cheap software. Here’s how to build your own Creative Suite.

Some of the replacements include popular Open Source projects like GIMP, Scribus, InkScape, KompoZer, Blender and Synfig.

Microsoft retires Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype

→ Microsoft confirms Windows Live Messenger retirement in favor of Skype

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The Verge reports that:

Microsoft has confirmed it will retire its Windows Live Messenger service in favor of Skype… Microsoft will integrate over 100 million Messenger users to Skype as part of the discontinuation. “We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available),” says Skype’s Tony Bates.

I haven’t used Messenger or Skype in a long time, but I might be interested in using Skype again.

Mypaint 1.1 – A guide through the new features

→ Mypaint 1.1 – A guide through the new features

At the very end of 2012, the code of the famous free and open-source digital-painting program Mypaint 1.1 was released. If you still using Mypaint 1.0 , you might be interested to see what happened into this one year of change. For reading an excellent review about it , please read the very cool and full article wrote by Alexandre Prokoudine on Libre Graphic World , he also made a cool video.

This is one of those apps I always install and just never have time to really get good at. MyPaint is a must if you are interested in digital painting or as a free and great alternative to PaintTool SAI.

Here are a few screenshots of the new features. Make sure to follow the link to see all of the new features with screenshots.

 

Ubuntu Based Linux Distros & Live CD’s

→ Ubuntu Based Linux Distros & Live CD’s

Nice list of Ubuntu based Linux Distributions and Live CD’s (I counted 33). The list includes everything from full distributions like Ubuntu and Mint to specialty Live CD’s like BackTrack and XBMC.

Don’t forget about UNetbootin which will allow you build a bootable Live USB Drive from probably most of the Projects in the list.

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