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Jubler

Jubler enables you to create and translate subtitles for video files. Using Jubler you can export the subtitles as a text file which can then be used by a variety of applications including VLC to play back the subtitles with the video. These text files can also be used by DVD authoring programs to embed the subtitle file in multilingual DVDs....

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WordPress

Starting as blogging software WordPress is now sophisticated enough to be used to create more advanced websites. It's a flexible Content Management System (CMS). WordPress may sometimes require a bit of creativity to get it to do what you need. But with a huge range of plugins available from its community and the ability to write your own, it is a good starting point....

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Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird is a feature-rich, reliable, and secure tool for managing your email. It's free and open source and it comes from the folks at Mozilla, the people who created the Firefox web browser....

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Video Subtitling

This manual on Video Subtitling is for those who find themselves with the desire but not the practical knowledge to produce, translate or watch subtitles for digital video using free, libre and open source software (FLOSS) tools. Not intended as a professional training guide, the Video Subtitling manual seeks to provide a basic overview of the available FLOSS tools to work effectively with transla...

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Inkscape

iInkscape is an open source drawing tool for creating and editing SVG graphics. More than just a text vector editor, Inkscape provides a WYSIWYG interface for manipulation of vector images, allowing the artist to express himself freely. While other free and proprietary software with similar capabilities exists, Inkscape provides an interface to directly manipulate the underlying SVG code....

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Guide to Independent Video Hosting

This guide focuses on approaches and tools to host, showcase and 'aggregate' video content. The guide will give different paths to groups that want to reduce their reliance on services like YouTube and Vimeo....

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Tech Tools for Activism

This booklet provides an introduction to the effective use of technology for activism, with links to step-by-step guides and further information. It is written with a UK focus; we invite people to translate it to their own languages and cultures....

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OwnCloud

There are two main reasons why you or your group may want to use ownCloud rather than a similar service like Google Docs or Dropbox. The first is that it offers more security for the files that you store, because you store them on your own server and can also encrypt them. The second reason is that by using ownCloud, you are supporting a more decentralized and less monitored internet. If you are u...

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GSoC Students Manual

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that matches students up with open source, free software and technology-related organizations to write code and get paid to do it! The organizations provide mentors who act as guides through the entire process, from learning about the community to contributing code. The idea is to get students involved in and familiar with the open source community ...

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Csound

Csound has been growing for 30 years. There is rarely anything related to audio that you cannot do with Csound. You can work by rendering offline, or in real-time by processing live audio and synthesizing sound on the fly. You can control Csound via MIDI, OSC, through a network, within a browser or via the Csound API (Application Programming Interface). Csound will run on all major platforms, on p...

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Firefox in a Nutshell

This manual on Firefox browswer has a focus on Internet Security. The Internet is a giant network of computers, all connected to each other. Some of the computers are Web servers – computers that have Web sites on them. If you want to visit these sites from your computer or a mobile device, you need a way to surf around and display them. That's what a browser does. One of the most popular browsers...

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Sahana Eden

The Sahana Project was conceived by people on the front lines of the 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami in order to coordinate the rescue efforts. The word sahana means relief in Sinhala. This has evolved to provide solutions to both prepare for and respond to disasters no matter where they happen. Sahana Eden is an open source software platform which provides a range of solutions for Disaster Management prac...

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Collaborative Futures

At the outset we must admit that this book might possibly be useless. Because collaboration is everywhere. To imagine that we could write a book about collaboration is to imagine there is such a thing as not collaborating. And to imagine a long history of not collaborating with each other. And the ability as “individuals” (Western liberal subjects) to operate separately from the “others” and the w...

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Digital Foundations

This book was written by two artist educators who teach digital art and design studio foundation classes. It is a mash-up of the Bauhaus Basic Course and open source software such as Inkscape, Gimp, Firefox, and Processing. We have taken some of the visual principles and exercises from the Bauhaus Basic Course and adapted them into exercises for these applications....

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GSoC Mentors Manual

In addition to the great code produced, the GSoC experience is about building open source communities. By focusing on students, we are going to the source of all future open source efforts. The ultimate success of the GSoC program is thus measured by the quality of the student experience. Each organization and each mentor plays a crucial role in creating this experience through their project ideas...

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FFmpeg2theora

ffmpeg2theora is a very useful application that enables you to manipulate all kinds of video with the Ogg Theora video file format ('codec'). Its pretty impossible to give a quick summary of what ffmpeg2theora can do as it is a very powerful application. You can send live video from a video camera across the internet, capture video from a DV camera, convert other formats to Ogg Theora, change the ...

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Basic Internet Security

The digital world is changing at a tremendous speed. New communication technologies open up new possibilities, but by using them you can also expose yourself, and others, to risks. Many people have trouble assessing these risks especially with regard to the subject of safe digital communication. This is particularly true for people working in regimes with high levels of censorship. ...

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Freedom Fone

Freedom Fone allows anyone with a phone to access or contribute information on a specific issue 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It takes advantage of audio and text to address language and literacy barriers when reaching out to marginalised audiences that don't have access to other media. No internet access is required by either you or your audience for this....

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Fluxus

Fluxus is an environment which allows you to quickly make live animation and audio programs, and change them constantly and flexibly. This idea of constant change (flux) is where it's name comes from. Fluxus does this with the aid of the Scheme programming language, which is designed for flexibility; and an interface which only needs to provide you with program code floating above the resulting vi...

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A Look at Open Video

A look at Open Video with contents that would be useful to end users of video technology and then take this knowledge deeper so to be of use to software developers in this area. There are many other reasons to get excited about the possibilities of open video. Rather than listing all the good things about open video now, we'll introduce different arguments with examples in each chapter as we look ...

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ChucK

What it is: ChucK is a general-purpose programming language, intended for real-time audio synthesis and graphics/multimedia programming.It introduces a truly concurrent programming model that embeds timing directly in the program flow (we call this strongly-timed). Other potentially useful features include the ability to write/change programs on-the-fly....

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ObscuraCam

ObscuraCam is an application for Android devices which was created from the need to quickly obscure the faces of people in photos and videos taken by smart phones, specifically Android devices. ObscuraCam is a useful tool to those documenting social movements and working in the area of human rights. ObscuraCam was first conceived at the Open Video Conference at a hackday session. The project was l...

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Plumi

Plumi enables you to create your own sophisticated video-sharing site. It includes a beautiful adaptive skin using Diazo, server-side transcoding of most video formats, upload progress bar, thumbnail extraction, HTML5 video playback and embedding, subtitles using Amara, large file uploading via FTP, social media integration, threaded commenting and user feedback forms, customised user profiles and...

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Blue Griffon

BlueGriffon is an Open Source Web editing application that allows WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editing and creation of web pages. It is a successor to the NvU editor, which is no longer maintained. BlueGriffon also includes support for new features in HTML5, which have been defined since the time when NvU and some other similar editors were developed. The BlueGriffon website is http:/...

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Chromium

When Google released the Chrome web browser in 2008, it also released its source code to the public through the Chromium project. The code was issued under the BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) license, which meant that the source code for Chromium may be freely used, copied, modified, and distributed for use in other programs. The goal of the Chromium project is to improve web browser technolo...

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UpStage v2.4.2 User Manual

UpStage Cyberformance Platform. Upstage is an open source platform for cyberformance. Remote players combine digital media in real-time for an online audience. All you need is a web browser. ...

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Audacity

Audacity is a multi-track audio editor for Linux/Unix, MacOS and Windows. It is designed for easy recording, playing and editing of digital audio. Audacity features digital effects and spectrum analysis tools. Editing is very fast and provides unlimited undo/redo....

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FontForge

This book has been produced to help make the process of type design available to anyone. Type design is visually complex as well as highly technical. However it is easier to begin making type now than ever. Partly this is because of free access to excellent tools such as FontForge. It is certainly a fairly ideal platform in which to begin. That said, FontForge is not just a beginner's tool. It is ...

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Pure Data

Pure Data (or Pd) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. Pure Data is commonly used for live music performance, VeeJaying, sound effects, composition, audio analysis, interfacing with sensors, using cameras, controlling robots or even interacting with websites. Because all of these various media are handled as digital data within the program, ...

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Ardour

Etherpad is a real time collaborative editor. Etherpad can and has been used for the following: Taking minutes for online or offline meetings, workshops or any event about which you wish to keep records, real time or asynchronous, text-based planning of projects. a tool for education and reflection....

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Etherpad

Etherpad is a real time collaborative editor. Etherpad can and has been used for the following: Taking minutes for online or offline meetings, workshops or any event about which you wish to keep records, real time or asynchronous, text-based planning of projects. a tool for education and reflection....

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K9

K-9 Mail is an email application (app) for Android phones or tablets. K-9 supports multiple mailboxes, each independently configurable. This ability to configure the application makes it great for people who get a lot of email and want to be able to manage it flexibly when you are on the move. ...

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Introduction to Video Editing with Shotcut

Shotcut is a feature-rich but lightweight open-source video editor....

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Scribus

Scribus is a desktop publishing application that allows you to create posters, magazines and books ready to send off to a printing house. It supports professional publishing features, such color separations, CMYK and spot colors, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation....

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Encrypt your Email with GPG

E-mail is one of the oldest forms of communication on the Internet. We often use it to communicate very personal or otherwise sensitive information. It is very important to understand why e-mail in its default configuration is not secure. In the following tasks we will describe the different methods necessary to secure your e-mail against known threats....

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Ogg Theora Cookbook

Theora is a video technology for creating, editing, manipulating, and playing video. This type of technology is often referred to as a video format or codec (a portmanteau of coder-decoder). Theora is a free video format, meaning that anyone is free to use, study, improve, and distribute it without needing permission....

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Alchemy

Alchemy is software for sketching or drawing using a computer. Unlike other paint programs, Alchemy is not necessarily about creating finished artwork, instead it focuses on using experimental interaction to come up with new ideas completely. 'Experimental interaction' in this case means things like using your voice to control how lines are drawn on screen, generating random shapes, or drawing wit...

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Open Web

The Web was meant to be Everything. As the Internet as a whole assumes an increasingly commanding role as the technology of global commerce and communication, the World Wide Web from its very inception was designed to be a free and open medium through which human knowledge is created, accessed and exchanged.1 But, that Web is in danger of coming to a close....

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How to Bypass Internet Censorship

There is a vast amount of energy, from commercial, non-profit and volunteer groups, devoted to creating tools and techniques to bypass Internet censorship, resulting in a number of methods to bypass Internet filters. Collectively, these are called circumvention methods, and can range from simple work-arounds, protected pathways, to complex computer programs. However, they nearly all work in approx...

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Introduction to the Command Line

This manual is an introduction to using the command line with a focus on empowering GNU/Linux beginners. It is meant to be fun and encourage the reader to play. For instance features are introduced in the context of useful tasks. Rarely used features are not discussed. The main topic is the GNU/Linux Bash shell. This manual was originally written during LibrePlanet 2009. The Book sprint was organi...

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Blender

Blender is an integrated 3d suite for modelling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback (games). Blender has its own particular user interface, which is implemented entirely in OpenGL and designed with speed in mind. Python bindings are available for scripting; import/export features for popular file formats like 3D Studio and Wavefront Obj are implemented as scri...

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Video Editing with Kdenlive

There are many factors to take into account when you are choosing software for video editing. This guide uses the Free Software editor Kdenlive which we recommend for teaching and making short films. This guide to editing video is designed to provide an overview of the techniques of editing video footage regardless of the software used....

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Open Video Workbook

If you want to get a video ready for the web, if you want to subtitle a video in a compatible way, if you want to stream a video, then this workbook is a great place to start. Maybe you want to annotate online video with live tweets and interactive maps. Perhaps you are an artist looking for a more an innovative way of working with video art and projections....

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Open MRS

OpenMRS is an electronic medical record system (EMR), designed for use in the developing world and first established in 2004. Today, the system has evolved into a medical informatics platform used on every continent, supporting health care delivery and research in an extremely wide variety of contexts....

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Gimp

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc....

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Evergreen in Action

The Evergreen integrated library system with two main functions: inventory management; keeping track of what the library owns, where it is, and even ordering new materials, patron management; controlling who has access to the materials and their current status...

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Upstage Video Hack Annex

This manual is for the UpStage Video Hack (2013) and is specifically a...

 

GCI Melange

Melange is the software that administers the Google Code-in contest an...

 

Sugar

Sugar is a learning platform that reinvents how computers are used for...

 

Open MRS for Developers

This book is designed to give you the knowledge, tools, and confidence...

 

E-book Enlightenment

The benefits of free e-books can become even greater when you learn to...

 

XO Record Activity

The Record Activity is used for recording audio and video and for taki...

 

Learning with Etoys

Etoys is a tile based programming environment for children that was bu...

 

XO Class Acts

Community Support experience to ease community implementations by prov...

 

Hide your Data Workbook

You may find it necessary or perhaps re-assuring to encrypt some data ...

 

Nvu

NvU is an Open Source Web editing application that allows WYSIWYG (Wha...

 

Avidemux

Avidemux is a free video editor and converter. It is not really design...

 

XO Terminal Activity

The Terminal Activity is the most powerful method of interacting with ...

 

Create Sugar Activities

The purpose of this book is to teach you what you need to know to writ...

 

XO Turtle Art

Play with Turtle Art to draw colorful art patterns using a turtle that...

 

XO Write Activity

The Write Activity serves as the document creation Activity in Sugar. ...

 

Handbrake

Handbrake is designed to transcode non-encrypted DVDs to a file ready ...

 

XO Laptop

The XO laptop is an Other tool designed to be put into the hands of ev...

 

Miro

Miro is an Internet player which enables you to subscribe and manage ...

 

VLC

VLC is a great media player. But saying that VLC is just a media playe...

 

XO Memorise Activity

Memorize is a memory game of finding matching pairs of tiles. These ma...

 

Introduction to Mallard

The Mallard language is an easy way to build topic-oriented, context-s...

 

Kino

Kino is a free, open source video editing program that lets you captur...

 

UpStage v2.1 User Manual

UpStage Cyberformance Platform. Upstage is an open source platform for...

 

Contributors' Guide to BRL-CAD

Welcome to BRL-CAD! Whether you are a developer, documenter, graphic a...

 

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