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GIMP Gone from Sourceforge

GIMP Download Moved from Sourceforge to Gimp.org

gimp gone from sourceforge thumbnailThe GIMP Windows installer package download was removed from Sourceforge by the developers of the software. Citing the recent changes made by Sourceforge where their own so-called “installer” package is pushed in visitors faces, GIMP announced they could not expose GIMP users to this practice.

The GIMP is available directly from www.gimp.org and this is the only download anyone looking the application should use now.

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Missing Images

Image Links Broken?

Broken LinksAnyone who has linked to images on graphicline.co.za, as well as all sub-domains, may notice these are no longer displaying on their website or blog.

We at Graphicline do not mind you using and sharing our images (apart from company logos and a few copyrighted images). We have simply blocked external linking to images (HotLink Protect and Leach Protect) on our server to reduce server load.

Please download the image(s) used and upload them to your own server!

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Panda Help for SA Bloggers

Panda 2.5 – Free Help for South African Bloggers

Beating up the Panda

Beating the Panda

If you are a South African based Small business entrepreneur, and your wordpress.com blog site has taking a severe traffic drop as a result of Google Panda 2.5, I can possibly help.

To help these SME’s I am making the resources of my company Graphicline.co.za available with a PRO BONO offer to help move your blog to a self hosted domain.

The only way you have a realistic chance of recovering is to move your blog site to your own domain. I fully realise many of you do not have the technical skills to do this without help. The process of setting up a WordPress CMS is simple to us web people, but complicated for the uninitiated.

Transferring an existing site poses additional challenges. WordPres.com happines engineers will do this for you for a fee, to one of their partner hosting services. For South Africans, a .co.za domain is cheaper than a dot-com or other international domain, and not necessary for those of us conducting business in South Africa – When a visitor sees .co.za they know straight away this is a South African web site, a dot-com could be anywhere in the world.

Having a self hosted WordPress site gives the advantage of total control over the site structure, with the long-term benefits of making your site (blog) as Google friendly as possible.

Pro-Bono to Beat Google Discrimination

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Dual Displays Rule

I’ve been spoilt. For the past 6 years I’ve had the benefit of dual displays. Recently I was reduced to a single monitor, and it has been a nightmare. The reason; I simply needed to use my 2nd screen on another PC.

Broken computer - image from 123rf.com

Broken!

There’s been a mini flood of PC’s with problems through the office… and space here is really limited. There is just enough for the 2 LCD usual screens, and a 3rd old smaller CRT type if it’s raised up above the others, and the scanner gets put somewhere else. I also have a small workbench to the side – just big enough to take one PC box at a time. Space also had to be found for an extra 2 keyboards, and 2 more mice… Read the rest of this entry

Support for Corel Draw to end

Graphicline DTP will cease all support for Corel Draw.

Since our inception in 2007 (see article; Graphiline turns 2), Graphicline has provided support for Corel end of the road image“.CDR” format files.

9 months ago we undertook to begin a rationalisation programme, and have been examining our operation to identify unprofitable areas of service. Providing finished work in CDR format was quickly noted as a loss making service. In brief, after 2 version upgrades from 12 to X3 to X4, it was apparent the purchase of  X3 had not yet paid for itself.

In total the amount of work output in CDR format was less than 0.1% of all production. Also of note are the following; typically a job for cdr output was found to be taking longer to prepare than one undertaken using our standard all Adobe workflow. Continual problems with PDFs (especially from work containing vector graphics) created from these applications were also of concern, and required additional time to bring up to our high standard.

In January this year, as an interim measure aimed at continuing to offer this file format to the very few clients requiring this, we introduced a substantial premium on our rates (of 50%).

However, this was strictly a short-term measure, and with version X5 now being required to stay current, we took the decision to end all work created in Corel Draw, and to dispose of the software while it still had a residual market value.

At least for now, and until our customers have made provision to locate an alternative service provider, we will continue to accept material in CDR format (version 12 or earlier only), provided it can be readily and successfully converted to Adobe Illustrator.

We have also placed a limit on accepting PDF files created in Corel. Any PDF containing OPI information will no longer be accepted under any circumstances. We will only accept PDFs created in this application that fully meet the X1a or X3a standard as pre-flighted in Adobe Acrobat Pro CS2 or later, or a similar printing industry standard pre-flight application e.g. Flight Pro.

Mike Otgaar

Graphicline Support for SA Election Blog

On Monday evening we were approached to provide editing, graphics, back office and other support for a current affairs blog “AndNowComrade?”

The first item was to create Special Event banner header for the blog. We also had to set up posting systems for additional contributors, online and via SMS.

Additionally several news feeds needed monitoring, A number of twitter feeds, Facebook links, RSS and Google Buzz postings need to be carried out.

Today we are all feeling the long hours, but can report the day was a resounding success except in one area; the promised results feed via SABC/election website crashed before it went it went live! So we were unable to provide the date input for this part of the programme.

We still will be undertaking final editing of the posts, which were mostly placed ‘live’ and unedited or formatted, and are waiting for the (volunteer) contributors to be available.

This project was a new venture for  us, and hopefully we learned a lot as we have already been asked to be available for the next National Election in 2014. (And maybe more before then too)