Enhance your pictures with Gimp

Gimp is an open-source alternative for Photoshop. It has all basic picture editing tools and many advanced features. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It is compatible with most operating systems (Windows, Linux, MacOS X …).

Gimp has many tools to manage color saturation, brightness, contrast … The picture bellow presents the GIMP user interface and how to adjust a picture color curve.

In this portrait image I made some other changes in the background of the picture like hiding some part and applying a blur filter. There is a lot of free tutorials about Gimp. To make those changes I used this link : http://gimpguru.org/tutorials

Original picture

Modified picture

I think GIMP is very good tool to edit and enhance pictures. I find it better than pictures editing software provided with my camera which are a little bit basic and which change from one constructor to another.

My favorite Firefox Plugins

I have tried many web browsers since my first internet experience. Internet Explorer (IE) is the first one I had used, because it is the default browser installed in my operating system. At the university, I start believing on the Linux revolution and in this period I discovered the Netscape browser which has been a serious alternative to IE. Netscape had lost his success and the usage share of Netscape browsers had fallen, between 1998 and 2002 (ref: Wikipedia).


Photo credit: Kawartha Kurt

After Netscape fail, some good web browsers appear like Opera, Safari, FireFox. And those last years we assist to the Google Chrome browser beginning.

Until now my favorite web browser still Firefox. It has more than 60 000 plugins or Add-ons (ref: Add-on statistics). In this article I will present the most useful and amazing Firefox plugins I use today.

Delicious Bookmarks : it access your delicious account and help you tag and manage your favorite WEB sites links.
Password Exporter : This extension allows you to export your saved passwords and disabled login hosts using XML or CSV files that can be imported in another browser or computer.

Pictures and videos
Cooliris: it is a picture and video browser. It gives you another way to explore pictures and videos.
Video DownloadHelper: it is a great Add-on which helps you download and save streaming videos from many web sites like (Youtube, Facebook …).

Firebug: this add-on is dedicated to web developer or designer. It can help them debug JavaScript and solve some problems related to the style sheets CSS or HTML code.
Web Developper: the Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
Selenium IDE : It records web page navigation. It is a great tool to develop fonctional test.

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