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How SNES emulators got a few pixels from complete perfection

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Glimpse image editor aims to make open-source GNU Image Manipulation Program more accessible

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The Glimpse project has released a new fork of the GNU Image Manipulation Program often referred to as 'GIMP,' called Glimpse image editor. This free, open-source image editing software is building upon the legacy of the GNU Image Manipulation Program to make free image editing software more user-friendly and accessible. If you're unfamiliar with GNU Image Manipulation Program, it is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, offering much of the same core functionality.

GNU Image Manipulation has remained an important tool for many users, but Glimpse strives to make the user interface more photographer-friendly. By forking, Glimpse Image Editor can build upon a stable foundation but reinvigorate efforts to improve the usability and functionality of the software.

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There are three primary reasons for the Glimpse project forking. First is the name of the GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP. The name 'GIMP' was chosen nearly two decades ago as a reference to a scene in the cult classic movie, Pulp Fiction. However, many people find the name offensive. At worst, the name is ableist and reduces the reach of the program, especially in educational settings. There have been many user complaints and requests for the GNU Image Manipulation Program to be renamed, but the team in charge of the project has opted against a major change.

Secondly, the dedicated user interface design team for GNU Image Manipulation Program hasn't met since 2012, resulting in fewer usability improvements and slower development of updates. Glimpse also includes useful third-party plug-ins pre-bundled.

The Glimpse project is quick to point out that the intention is not to replace GNU Image Manipulation Program, but rather, to provide a rebranded fork which is more appropriate in professional and educational settings. On GitHub, the Glimpse project says the following of Glimpse image editor, 'The aim of Glimpse Image Editor is to repackage the GNU Image Manipulation Program to make it more appealing to the wider computer-using public, and also to better tailor the program for school and workplace deployments.'

Of course, it is about more than just the name. As of now, Glimpse has been focused on removing the pre-existing 'GIMP' branding. Over the longer term, the team aims to revise the graphical user interface and improve overall functionality and usability. Ultimately, in terms of both the name and overall goals for Glimpse, the team hopes to make free image editing software more accessible.

As of now, you can download and install Glimpse on systems running Windows 7 or newer and modern variants of GNU/Linux. Support for macOS is in the works. Glimpse can be downloaded from Snapcraft and from Glimpse directly. If you are interested in learning more about the project and finding out how you can contribute, click here.


Update (April 1, 2020): Updated the article to correct that GNU Image Manipulation Program has not removed third party plug-in support and has seen updates recently.

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Vim³ – vim rendered on a cube (for no reason)

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If you’re setting out to win friends and influence people with your vim skills, you might as well do it in 3D…

Vim³ – vim rendered on a cube (for no reason)

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DPReview TV: How to look good and sound great on videos (and video conferences) from home

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Lots of people are suddenly working from home. For many, that means creating online videos for others to watch or logging time on video calls. We review some simple techniques to make your videos look and sound great, so you'll look more professional.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week.

For more tips, watch Chris and Jordan's earlier video about coverage on The Camera Store TV.

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Pass Data from CSS to JavaScript with CSS Variables

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What happens when you combine the fact that part after the : for CSS Custom Properties doesn’t need to be valid CSS with window.getComputedStyle()? You get a way of passing data – including Arrays, Objects, and even JSON – from CSS to JavaScript.

CodePen: JSON in CSS Vars →

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Run your GitHub Actions locally with act

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When you run act it reads in your GitHub Actions from .github/workflows/ and determines the set of actions that need to be run. It uses the Docker API to either pull or build the necessary images, as defined in your workflow files and finally determines the execution path based on the dependencies that were defined. Once it has the execution path, it then uses the Docker API to run containers for each action based on the images prepared earlier. The environment variables and filesystem are all configured to match what GitHub provides.

Installation per brew (if you’re on Mac):

brew install nektos/tap/act

Once installed, run act and you’re good to go …

# List the actions
act -l

# Run the default (`push`) event:
act

# Run a specific event:
act pull_request

# Run a specific job:
act -j test

# Run in dry-run mode:
act -n

# Enable verbose-logging (can be used with any of the above commands)
act -v

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