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Old 09-03-2006, 03:50 PM   #451
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Video Editing


I still have windows for video editing. I have downloaded kino for my Linux Box but have not had the time to try it out.

I am using Blender now instead of 3Ds Max.
I also write software and since most people still use windows I need to have a place to test me software.
 
Old 09-04-2006, 12:45 AM   #452
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I'm very new to Linux so take this with a grain of salt, but there are a few things I just can't see doing without Windows. Aside from the games, which I could live without, it is all work related and I need to have file compatibility with outside consultants who all run Windows.

Photoshop CS - Gimp is a decent program and does about 99% of things I need it to do. It can save to a .psd format which is great. But occasionally I need that last 1% of functionality in PS and then I will use Windows.

3ds max - Please don't even suggest Blender. It's nowhere near what max is. Neither is Sketch Up. Both are great for what they are but when I need to do something really complex, I need max.

Revit - Nothing even touches this for intuituve Building Information Models that can print to 2d documents and natively create and display 3d architecture.

AutoCAD - This one is the real kicker. I could probably find a way around everything else if it weren't for the .dwg format. But as long as I'm over in Windows, I might as well get the rest of my work done there too. Not only are there no programs available on any desktop platform that match ACAD's power and customizability, but a .dwg can't even make a round trip through AutoDesk's other software without losing information and functionality, let alone a foreign format. Seeing as how a basic 2d .dwg file is the mainstay of my job and that I usually receive it from someone else, do my work, sent it off to someone else, get it back, sent it off again, ect, I really am stuck with this proprietary application and thus, Windows.
 
Old 09-12-2006, 06:01 AM   #453
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games and big file downloads
 
Old 09-13-2006, 01:06 AM   #454
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What do I run on Windows

1) Anything where I need to be sure that the h/w is actually working. I keep Windows around to verify the h/w because I can never be sure a linux distro is done right.

2) photoshop

3) Anything with fonts, and char sets.

4) CD burning. cdrecord is very very slow, and very very flaky.

5) Anything where my wife runs the app. For her spending 3 weeks to get something installed and working is not an option. So for her computer I just run windows where things work out of the box (Something that just does not happen with Linux -- ever.)

6)
Oh Yeah. And sound editing. Cool Edit, sound forge, and Magix audio cleaning lab.
Note that I am into LP restoration, not fancy audio synthesis. Besides half the time I cant even get basic audio to work on LInux.

Last edited by pgmer6809; 09-13-2006 at 01:08 AM.
 
Old 09-13-2006, 01:24 AM   #455
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Originally Posted by pgmer6809
...Note that I am into LP restoration, not fancy audio synthesis...
Which linux tools would you recommend for this on a hobby basis? It is just my old vinyl collection, of which I'm quite fond...

<edit>Besides, sound forge comes for linux too:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

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Old 09-13-2006, 11:36 AM   #456
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Originally Posted by Scarlett_Oh
Photoshop CS - Gimp is a decent program and does about 99% of things I need it to do. It can save to a .psd format which is great. But occasionally I need that last 1% of functionality in PS and then I will use Windows.
The only thing I miss about Photoshop CS is the ability to record actions. But Gimp has so many more features then photoshop. What is it that you need in photoshop?
 
Old 09-13-2006, 02:26 PM   #457
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Originally Posted by 1kyle
just a question to "Dual Booters" who still have Windows on their machines.

I'm curious as to what Windows programs you MUST still run on Windows
and what's stopping you from getting rid of 'Doze entirely.
xp: corel 8*, 1nsane, some small software needed on occasions. right now it's primarily a customized book-printing software which is not available for linux. my windows-partition is grotesquely oversized though, i'll have to shrink it when i have time - since i have only 200mb left on my linux-partition...

regards
ungua

*= gimp is nice but cannot always compete with corel. and i never managed to make the free corel 9 for linux version run.
 
Old 09-13-2006, 02:46 PM   #458
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XP prof : Warcraft III Frozen Throne. that's all, no MS word, wordpad, zip program, messenger, even the famous solitaire. just a pure XP with networking capabilities, vga and motherboard driver, and of course Warcraft III.

i still cannot play DotA as smooth as on Windows in WINE
 
Old 09-13-2006, 02:48 PM   #459
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5) Anything where my wife runs the app. For her spending 3 weeks to get something installed and working is not an option. So for her computer I just run windows where things work out of the box (Something that just does not happen with Linux -- ever.)
It takes three weeks for your wife to double click an RPM?

Linux worked out of the box for me, I just popped a SuSE disc in and away it went; it had all the software I needed built in and I didn't need to install a single driver.

On windows, however, I would need to navigate the hideous semi graphical installer, wrestle with the partition manager to get it to do what I want but end up settling for format all.

Then, accept a liscence agreement, telephone microsoft to get a CD key, then (with a bit of luck) I wil get into the desktop. The desktop is set at 800x600 resolution and the start button occupies two thrids of my monitor. So then I need to find a video driver, I instinctively try and get one off the internet before realising I don't have an ethernet driver. So after I install all my drivers from discs I am left with my complete desktop; which still does nothing.

I won't even begin to document how I have to install all my software, install programs to scrub sweep and mop spyware, adware and virii from my hard disk and try to update while the genuine validation tool is adamant that my brand new OS disc is fake.
 
Old 09-14-2006, 12:41 AM   #460
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The only thing I miss about Photoshop CS is the ability to record actions. But Gimp has so many more features then photoshop. What is it that you need in photoshop?
Good question. I've played around with it a little bit more and finally found the transform tools, which is in a different place than right next to transform, where I expected it. That helps a lot. Not being able to change the perspective, skew or warp was a huge disadvantage to me.

But I still miss my macros. I only used a few but the most important of them was an undocumented feature in Photoshop that set the black and white points. This affects the entire relational value of color and how color tools and chanels interact with the existing image. It also doesn't support CMYK which I find odd. The files I send to my reprographics place are always in CMYK and I really don't want to pay to find out how differently RBG would print on their machines.

That could be why I find the color tools to be a little... flat, I guess. I can't really explain how I find them lacking, I just do. It seems I don't have quite the amount of control in Gimp. Or they just lack a certain subtlty. I also haven't seen a color filter. There might be one, but I can't find it and I need that.

There's no history where I can go back and edit or delete a particular filter or action and no snapshot to revert to if I've done something I'm not happy with.

Gimp seems to have a problem with larger images. I don't really work with anything outside it's capabilities but some of the really big files I use slow it down considerably. Waiting for it to generate a preview of a filter is painfully slow at times.

And this is maybe nit-picking a little... but the GUI is horrendous. It opens up in three separate windows. Why does it do that? Then they end up overlapping each other, I minimize one but the others are still there, it's really annoying.

Overall I think that Gimp is a great application and more than meets the needs of the average hobbiest.
 
Old 09-14-2006, 10:14 AM   #461
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@tito2502, i've had suse 9.1, 10.0 and 10.1 - and i cannot confirm that it works "out of the box". i would say that suse is easier, by far more userfriendly than xp, of course. but you shouldn't exagerate, just think of this media-stupidity because of non-oss-licenses! and still, for somebody who "grew up" with windows, the windows-logic doesn't look as stupid as it is, vice versa: it is understood as the "natural" way of running an os. that has been discussed for a billion times in linux-forums all over the net... i still consider myself a newbie since i never had the time or will to really study how linux works and how it's logic is. so i use suse as most people use windows - don't understand a thing, happy as it works.

regards
ungua, system administrator for some years at school, when win98 still was up-to-date.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 02:45 AM   #462
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I have a computer with xp doze Just for my games
 
Old 09-18-2006, 03:11 AM   #463
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I need it for work purposes mostly. Otherwise I have no reason to use it. If need to, I can use Wine or Crossover Office for windows stuff.

"1) Anything where I need to be sure that the h/w is actually working. I keep Windows around to verify the h/w because I can never be sure a linux distro is done right."

Somebody mention the above. Well lets see, if it is Winhardware, you will catch hell trying to get it to work with Linux.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 09:30 AM   #464
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OH YEAH!!!!!!!! I don't need windows at all. I used to use windows for games, but now the only games I'm interested in run okay in Wine. BIG PENIS
What do you think about that? One day, I believe Linux will take over the desktop market. Heh heh heh.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 11:23 AM   #465
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Visual Web Developer 2005 and Office 2007.

After initialy screwing everything up (in typical Microsoft fashion) the 2005 version basically reinvents the Visual Studio 6.0 wheel and brings back all the data binding features they never should have abandonded in the first place.

And Office 2007 deals the decade old mistake of the "common user interface" a death blow as well BTW. Finally, an interface that tailors itself to the task at hand!

Now if we could just get rid of the registry monstrosity and go back to private INI files in the application's directory (instead of config files all over the place as with Linux)... oh well, two out of three ain't bad I suppose.
 
  


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