Hugh / Cairmen (cairmen) wrote in bloodspell,
Hugh / Cairmen

And now...

We're all t3h IllZ0r. *Sigh*. Living in a cold climate is great most of the time, but come the November/December "everyone's ill" months, it can kinda suck.

Anyway, time to do a quick highlight. And today's highlight is... some of the great Open-Source tools that we use for BloodSpell production on a day-to-day basis.

OK, OpenOffice is cool. Everyone knows that having a complete replacement for Microsoft Orifice is a good thing. But did you know that it also does an excellent job, with just a little setting of styles, of replicating screenwriting programs like Final Draft? Even down to line numbering, if you hack it a bit. Well done it!

WinMerge is a bit more obscure, but we couldn't live without it. What does it do? Well, it compares and if necessary merges files and directories. Sound boring? Not when you've got two nearly-identical model files, one of which works and one of which doesn't, it isn't. Nor when you need to check whether two game directories are the same before they screw up a day's filming. Brilliant stuff.

And finally, we have VLC, the World's Best Media Player. In my opinion, anyway. Why's it so great? Well, it's small, it loads quickly, it'll play just about any damn format you throw at it, it has a whole ton of options for streaming, saving, converting and so on, and it's got a great full-screen mode that works well on most if not all displays. Which is more than you can say for Windows Media Player. Hurrah.

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