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Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

Not strictly software, but a book about software that I thought forum members might like to know about. This:

arrived in the post this morning. Actually it arrived yesterday when I was in the bath and the postman left it under a bush in the front garden. Only discovered it today. You can get it from Amazon.

I ordered it when I discovered it by chance on the Amazon website. It seems to be the first new book on the GIMP for some years, and a quick look inside suggests it's very good - many good quality colour illustrations and clear text. I paid over 30 for it, but there's now a whopping discount and you can get it for less. Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 8:11 pm    Post subject: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

spottedcat wrote:
postman left it under a bush in the front garden. Only discovered it today. You can get it from Amazon.


I didn't know Amazon had started selling bushes, what sort is it? Variegated foliage or just one colour? Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 8:20 pm    Post subject: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

pedantry, pedantry Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 8:40 pm    Post subject: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

Ambiguity, ambiguity actually. Now that's pedantry! Razz
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 8:51 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
I didn't know Amazon had started selling bushes, what sort is it?


It's Lonicera fragrantissima only it's not fragrant at all. Bloody swindle. Sad I want my money back. Trouble is, I've thrown the Amazon packaging away now.....
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 4:14 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

Wouldn't the -issima suffix be a diminutive, suggesting it is only a little fragrant Wink
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 4:50 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

Right! (Rolls sleeves up.) I happen to have about the house (as one does) a book entitled 'LATIN, Better Read than Dead - Essential Latin for Beginners and Refreshers.'

Quote:
The Superlative Form
An adjective ending -issimus, -errimus or -illimus is the superlative form: gratissimus (very/most pleasing); tristissimus (saddest).....


issima being, of course, the feminine form.

I can't find a reference to the diminutive ending in this book but dim and distant memory tells me the ending for 'least....' is -inimus/a. But this is from a man who has the rare distinction of having failed O-level (giving my age away there) Latin twice. Very Happy

So. Is there a classical scholar in the house? Wink
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 5:12 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

Oh well, if you actually know Latin... you were only allowed to do Latin at my school if you were seriously intending to be a solicitor or a doctor. Suffixes involving lots of esses always look pissy and diminutive to me.

Edit: I'm probably thinking of Italian - piano and pianissimo, presto and prestissimo and so on. Which only goes to show, I've been misunderstanding music notations for years Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 5:15 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

spottedcat wrote:
the rare distinction of having failed O-level Latin twice.


Rhakios wrote:
Oh well, if you actually know Latin...


Not really. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professional Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
Edit: I'm probably thinking of Italian - piano and pianissimo, presto and prestissimo and so on. Which only goes to show, I've been misunderstanding music notations for years Very Happy


I see. When the music says pianissimo, do you play very softly or very loudly? Smile

piano = 'soft/quiet'

pianissimo = 'most softly'

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(We've rather strayed from image editing, haven't we? Smile)
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 8:52 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professi Reply with quote

Oh is that what it's all about. Is the book any good spottedcat, or have you not had enough time to read any of it yet?
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 9:46 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Professi Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
Oh is that what it's all about.


Very Happy

I'm near the end of the second chapter. Yes, it is very good - so far. It starts with a guided tour around GIMP, which you certainly need. I find the GIMP quite daunting at first. And then it's straight onto working with photos. It's very comprehensive. Clearly laid out and excellent colour illustrations.

What's a bit odd is that it's 'based on the latest GIMP 2.4 release' which hasn't been released yet. Confused But a lot of the screenshots are clearly from 2.4 which is very tantalising as it's obviously going to be quite a bit better. Nevertheless, she explains in the text what you will find in 2.2.

I'm glad I bought it - overnight sojourn under a bush notwithstanding. Er - that's the book I'm referring to, before you make some wisecrack about my sleeping habits. Smile Wink
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 11:09 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Prof Reply with quote

spottedcat wrote:

I'm near the end of the second chapter.

spottedcat

What are you doing sitting around reading books when you have a computer in bits to attend to? Laughing

(I've been messing around with Vector Linux this afternoon and although I had a few problems setting it up (Lilo wouldn't install, there was something wrong with my xorg.conf file, couldn't "startx" - all the usual little things that are sent to try us), I have now got it running quite nicely and am pretty impressed so far.)
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 11:43 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Prof Reply with quote

Marrea wrote:
spottedcat wrote:

I'm near the end of the second chapter.

spottedcat

What are you doing sitting around reading books when you have a computer in bits to attend to? Laughing


The new m'board doesn't arrive until Monday (courier service allowing), so all I can do until then is stare at the bits (or check under sundry bushes). Got a bit bored, you see. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 12:22 am    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Beginning GIMP - From Novice to Reply with quote

A true geek would be trying to fit the old MB into a toaster or for a real challenge a kettle Wink mind you when waiting for parts i have a tendancy to use a soldering iron to remove all the parts from the old item, not that I ever use any of the chips I seem to have built up, but Hard drive motors can be quite useful
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