Has anyone checked out episode 021 of Meet The GIMP? In it Rolf explains how to use the iWarp filter in the GIMP. I can honestly say that I had never noticed that filter before. I thought perhaps it was new in GIMP 2.4. A quick check on my son’s ubuntu 6.10 rig with GIMP 2.2 verified that iWarp was there in that release as well.
Anyway, my point to this is that iWarp is a lot of fun to play with. I think my kids and I played with it for about an hour last night. We transformed quite a few pictures of ourselves into something that looked out of this world. I recommend that you watch Rolf’s video. You’ll likely learn a new skill if you hadn’t already tried iWarp.
Additionally, I came across a post last night regarding festival for Linux. Festival is a text-to-speech synthesizer. So basically it takes text and converts it to sound…think, “Do you want to play a game?” from the movie War Games.
If you are on ubuntu then you can “sudo apt-get install festival” to install it. openSUSE with Smart takes a “sudo smart install festival”. After it is installed you can simply open a terminal and type “echo “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die” | festival –tts” to get it to say something. Make sure your speakers are turned up. Also, you can create a text file called “festival.txt” for instance. Write some text inside of it and save it to your /home/user/ directory. Now fire up a terminal and “festival –tts festival.txt”. It will read whatever you have written in your test file.
Obviously, festival gets old after the first 10 minutes of use but it’s another one for the kids. I even let then write some swear words just so that my computer would play them back. That never gets old.
Now go waste some time playing with these things. 🙂