GIMP and its Infinite Options

At this point there is no reason to pay for expensive image manipulation programs, that is, unless you just like throwing money away. GIMP, also known as GNU Image Manipulation Program, is the only tool you will ever need for your graphic design purposes.

GIMP can be used for so many reasons. Some of those reasons are why those who are less informed, feel they have to pay the high dollar cost for those other image programs. So what do they do that GIMP can do better?

Storyboard Animations

Most often during movie creation, producers and directors will create storyboards of the entire movie. They have the biggest, most technologically advanced equipment in the world, or so they may think. GIMP allows for storyboard animation creation by simply arranging the images and utilizing the animation tool. Stop-motion photography is used every day on the highest rated Hollywood movies.

Photo Editing

So what is wrong with that photo? Since you are fairly sure your son wasn’t born with glowing red eyes, you will just need GIMP to help you remove that issue. Is the photo too dark? Order GIMP to lighten it up a bit. This can work wonders if you scan old black and white photos.

Graphic Design

Don’t think GIMP is there only ready to edit pictures for you, use GIMP to create your own designs, logos, animated characters and more. This and other open source programs like Xvid and VLC player could be beneficial to bloggers to keep streaming video updates on their sites, which would increase traffic and elevate page rank.

Format Support

GIMP supports Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows. You can even use GIMP to edit and open Photoshop files.

Although there is no user manual with GIMP because of its open-source status, there have been many online tutorials to help novices or even the most advanced users to learn helpful and unique tricks.

  

OpenOffice for the College Budget

Sending the college students off is a crying matter for a few reasons. Your nest will now be empty, you will be a bit lonely, and the cost of your son or daughters education will skyrocket phenomenally if you do not do some research on open-source, also known as free, software to accommodate your new student.

So when you send them off, send them off with a laptop laden with OpenOffice products. You know darned good and well that they are going to need OpenOffice Writer. Or at least you hope you they will considering the tuition cost. And as far as draw goes, if you sent your art student out into the world to find themselves, they shouldn’t have any trouble doing it in draw.

One of the best securities of course is that they will have at their disposal a large variety of open-source and totally free software to use. No more worries when the system crashes and there is a mad scramble to find the original serial key to get you up and running again.

With OpenOffice programs there is literally nothing that cannot be done. From creating spreadsheets to even monitoring your children’s chose using OpenOffice base are some incredibly good reasons to keep it handy on your computer.

Think you may have complex issues when trying to use OpenOffice in those other office programs? No worries, OpenOffice is prepared for that and their developers went far out of their way to be sure that users who are migrating to OpenOffice from the other paid office programs. You will have little to no problems converting all of your Word documents over into OpenOffice form so you can keep your format, keep on working, and keep on using the best open-source free office software available.

  

Debunking the calorie theory

Mike Furci Calorie Theory.

If you want to lose weight you have to cut your calorie intake, right? That might be true if your body metabolized all calories in the same way. It doesn’t, so you need to know a little bit more if you want to shed those extra holiday pounds.

Bullz-Eye’s Mike Furci recently posted an article debunking the “calorie theory” of fat loss. Here’s a quick look at the kinds of things you need to know in order to lose body fat:

The efficiency at which a person burns food as fuel decreases as they get fatter. In other words, the higher a person’s body fat percentage, the more adept they are at storing food as body fat. This is because a higher body fat percentage and insulin insensitivity have a linear relationship, causing an extraordinary release of insulin when food is consumed. The macro-nutrient that is responsible for these large surges of insulin is carbohydrates. This can be a nightmare for any person, especially somebody who is overweight and trying to lose body fat.

There is a lot to know, but Mike Furci does a great job of breaking down the basics so you can get the most out of your workouts and starting eating right for a fit body. Head over to Bullz-Eye.com for his full article on debunking the calorie theory.

  

Bullz-Eye chats with Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr SoBe skinsuit.

You might know Jessica Szohr from her role as Vanessa Abrams on The CW’s Gossip Girl, but she’s recently added another recognizable appearance to her resume. She recently did a photo shoot for the SoBe Lifewater skinsuit series – yes, that’s skinsuit, as in swimsuit-that’s-painted-on-her-skin.

Bullz-Eye had a chance to chat with Jessica about the photo shoot, as well as her work on Gossip Girl. For full video of the interview, head over to the Bullz-Eye blog.

  

Do You Have the Right Tools for Web Design?

Web design, just like any other task, requires the right set of tools to get the job done. With an effective skill-set, the world of ecommerce can be yours to control! Let’s take a look at what you should be adding to your virtual toolbox:

HTML

Because this is the backbone of any webpage, it’s the first skill to acquire. Although you’ll find plenty of GUI-based editors, there’s no substitute for knowing how to create raw HTML code in a pinch.

CSS

CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, controls the look and feel of your site. Without this skill, your website presentation will never look professional.

Web Design Principles

With a sound foundation in web design theory, you’ll be one step closer to creating a professional online presentation. By becoming an expert in web design principles, you’ll know how to create a site that is effective and engaging.

Become Multilingual

On the computer, anyway! If you’re interested in true development, learn at least one of these popular programming languages used for web development: PHP, Java, C++, or PHP.

Video Editing Tools

Nothing on a website attracts more attention than well-edited videos. This is one area where you can fill your toolbox for free! To start, download the Xvid Codecs to view and create videos in MPEG-4 formats, Virtual Dub to edit the videos, and Handbrake to convert them.

Flash

By adding cutting-edge features through Flash, your site will appear mature and polished. This product can enhance the user experience, but don’t go overboard! The excessive use of Flash will slow down page loading for some viewers.

Search Engine Optimization

Does it really matter how great your site is if no one can find it? Use SEO for a great page ranking.

Now that your toolbox is fully loaded, what are you waiting for? Your new skills could translate into an overnight hit!

  

Bullz-Eye reviews the 2011 Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango review.

The Durango may have been shelved for a short while, but now that it’s back, Bullz-Eye was glad to give it a test drive. The model has traditionally been known for its bulky road presence. For 2011, Dodge refined the exterior for a sleek, sporty look and improved the driving experience in an effort to give the SUV broader appeal.

Here’s an excerpt from the Bullz-Eye Dodge Durango review:

The new exterior design offers a more refined but still powerful look that will make it more appealing than a crossover, particularly to the male market. It sportsDodge’s signature cross-hair grille and has the look and feel of a powerful vehicle. Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles described it as a “forward-leaning” design and it fits in nicely with the new Dodge lineup. I’m not a fan at all of the chrome-plated wheels that the American brands keep offering as an option, but fortunately buyers can avoid this option if they like.

For about the Durango’s return, including the full 2011 Dodge Durango review, head over to Bullz-Eye.com.

  

King of Shaves delivers!

If your purchasing or just surfing for men’s shaving online most likely you’ve heard of King of Shaves. I exchanged some emails from their team and decided to review some of their products. I really liked how the shave gel, face balm and razor were packaged into a clear plastic container that is perfect for air travel.

We first tested the AphaGel Shave Gel for Sensitive Skin and we felt the quality in this product when first applied. The ShaveGel is Dermatologically tested without any fragrance. The company claims the low-foam formula helps protect, moisturize and lubricate your skin throughout the shave giving excellent razor performance and glide. Ideal for sensitive skin and we found that to be true.

Next up was the razor that came with the travel kit. The razor works like a charm and has the award winning Azor System Razor which features unique flexible hinges that allow the four long-lasting Endurium blades to follow every contour of your face whilst pressing the blades progressively closer onto the skin for a superbly comfortable yet close shave. I then went right to the King of Shaves Face Balm which employs a unique Skin Surface Enhancing technology, with Hydrocreatine to protect, moisturise and condition your skin leaving it non-greasy, supple and smooth. Formulated with menthol to give you a cool, refreshed feel. I foind this to be one of the better after shave balms I have tried and the price is very reasonable.

For my next shave I tried the King of Shaves Shave Oil which protects, moisturizes and lubricates your skin throughout the shave giving superlative razor performance and glide. Your face will be left smooth, supple and moisturized. Up to 100 shaves from one bottle is no joke for small a small travel friendly package. I really enjoyed this product and I’m using it today as it really soothes your face and delivers one of the best shaves you could image. Top notch!

Overall the products we tested from King of Shaves were of high quality, practical and packaged properly.

  

Bullz-Eye’s Mike Furci talks cardiovascular disease

Brushing your teeth.Bullz-Eye’s fitness expert Mike Furci put together an article recently that covers a lot of popular health and fitness rumors and myths. Some are true, some aren’t, and Mike uses the latest research to discuss these fitness trends over on Bullz-Eye.com.

Here’s just one of his ‘Did You Know’ sections:

Did you know inflammation, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and brushing your teeth are all related? A study of 11,869 men and women mirrors previous research and finds a link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. Participants were asked how often they visited the dentist and how often they brushed their teeth. 62% of the participants reported regular (at least every six months) visits to a dentist and 71% reported good oral hygiene (brushing teeth twice a day). There were 555 CVD events over an 8.1 year average follow-up, which resulted in 170 deaths. 74% of the CVD reported was coronary heart disease. Participants who reported less frequent tooth brushing had a 70% increased risk of a CVD event compared with participants who brushed their teeth twice a day.

For more research-backed advice from Mike, head over to Bullz-Eye.com.

  

Bullz-Eye reviews the 2011 Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion 2011 review.

Bullz-Eye has been hitting the road often lately, testing out the new automobiles for the 2011 year. The past week, Tom Orlando had a chance to drive the 2011 Ford Fusion SE I4. The Fusion has given a lot of life back to the Ford brand, and though there wasn’t a major redesign this year, Tom still thinks the car offers enough to make it a good buy for most any driver.

Here’s an excerpt from his review:

From the initial launch of Fusion, performance has been a big selling point for this car. We drove the 2.5-liter I4 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. The overall fuel economy rating is 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. We averaged around 24 mpg in mixed driving. The gearbox was smooth and user friendly with a clutch that was fluid and shifted with ease from 1st to 6th gear. The 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS felt solid and secure when braking in the December snow. The front-wheel drive with traction control was more than capable of dealing with wintery conditions. The handling on the Fusion SE is top notch for a midsize sedan that starts at just $19,720, but I felt the 2.5-liter I4 lacked power. Don’t expect any more pop than what a 175-horsepower engine should deliver. The overall ride and handling of the 2011 Ford Fusion SE compensate for lack of power in the 2.5-liter manual transmission. If you like to feel more power behind the wheel, consider the 6-cylinder options.

For his complete 2011 Ford Fusion review, head over to Bullz-Eye.com.

  

Bullz-Eye hits the 2011 NAIAS

Bullz-Eye at the 2011 NAIAS

There is no bigger show in the auto industry than the North American International Auto Show, a show Bullz-Eye got to attend this year, courtesy of Chrysler. The highlight of the show was definitely the unveiling of the Chrysler 300C, but as Tom Orlando learned, Chrysler had quite a bit to show off. Just a couple years ago, the world doubted Chrysler could ever make a comeback, but under Fiat’s oversight, the brand is poised to take charge of the large-car market.

Tom wrote about his experience over at Bullz-Eye.com. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say:

Chrysler came out swinging with the all new 2011 Chrysler 300 and made a statement: not only is Chrysler coming back but Chrysler intends to lead the charge in the large car segment. Some of the features in the Chrysler 300 that stand out to us are the new ultra-rigid structural design, E-segment architecture with redesigned front- and rear-suspension geometry delivering world-class handling, an innovative AWD system that seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive (RWD) and AWD with no driver intervention, world class quality, and “State-of-the-art Connectivity with Segment’s Largest Touchscreen Infotainment Center.” I had a chance to meet CEO Sergio Marchionne on January 10, which was the first day of the show, and he appeared to be focused, a sense of determination that was shared by the other Chrysler and Fiat representatives who were available at the show. Chrysler truly needed a partner like Fiat and a CEO like Marchionne, both of which are all-in when it comes to the future success of this American icon!

For his full impressions from the event, including photo galleries and the unveiling of the 300C, head over to Tom’s 2011 NAIAS writeup at Bullz-Eye.com.

  

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