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Linux Journal: Photodex's CompuPic

Jun 25, 2000, 13:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)

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"I've been following graphics tools on Linux now for a number of years. Graphics tools are the domain of the desktop user and, as such, have been slower in coming from both the open-source and corporate worlds than networking and server-side tools. Fortunately, this is a trend that's starting to change. The importance of Linux on the desktop was recognized by video-card companies with the advent of video games from Loki and high-end tools like Houdini from Side Effects Software. But there is much more to graphics on the Linux desktop than games, 3-D modelers and renderers."

"One company that recognized early on the importance of Linux for graphics users is Photodex, a software development company focusing on graphics and digital-content management. Photodex, located in the heart of Texas' high tech mecca, Austin, started porting work for their CompuPic product in early 1999, with a first public beta release in June of that year. Recently I was able to sit down with a registered version of CompuPic 4.6 to find out just what this product can do."

"CompuPic is an X Window System-based digital-content management tool, which in layman's terms means it's designed to assist users in keeping track of graphical images, animations and sound files on disks and networks. Although tools like this are most useful to web developers and graphic artists, the average Linux user will also find significant value in products of this nature. Available for Windows, Macintosh and Solaris, CompuPic is currently only available for Intel x86 Linux, although support for Alpha and PowerPC users may be available in the future."

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