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Black Silk is a professional black and white toolkit, which provides fast filters and image enhancement algorithms for optimal results. Black Silk is currently in an early development stage and is free until the final version releases.



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Black Silk 0.4.0 Release

Published on July 26, 2014 in Black Silk, Release

We proudly present the latest Black Silk Release

<<< 0.4.0 >>>

You can download the latest version here.

The latest release includes a reworked mixer filter which is able to filter highlights and shadows separately. Since this concept is new and possibly needs some time getting used to, we used the same user interface as the split tone filter to make the handling as easy as possible:

blacksilk_040

As you can see in the sample image, the new mixer is able to increase the overall contrast and to emphasize the textures and so to give the result more ‘character’:

Haus_Dual_Mixer

What’s new:

  • brand new mixer concept
  • updated splittone presets
  • added lock to splittone
  • preset import for pre 0.4.0 versions
 
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Black Silk 0.3.8 Release

Published on June 14, 2014 in Black Silk, Release
Black Silk Logo Black Silk is now signed under Windows and OS X, which means Smartscreen and Gatekeeper won’t prevent starting Black Silk or its installer anymore. This is the major change for version

<<< 0.3.8 >>>

 
What’s new:

  • installer and app is signed
  • presets can be dropped into the app
  • latest imagemagick libs
  • improved linux compatibility

You can download the latest version here.

 
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Black Silk 0.3.7 Release

Published on May 10, 2014 in Black Silk, Release
New curves The curves tool, which is used for curves and grain, now has a margin, which makes it more comfortable to use in version

<<< 0.3.7 >>>

 
What’s new:

  • reworked the curves widget
  • file loading got a little bit faster
  • improved compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC 64 Bit
  • other tiny tweaks
  • latest XCode for mac versions
  • latest Qt 5.2.1 libraries

You can download the latest version here.

 
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Business plan with LaTeX

Published on April 27, 2014 in Tech, Utilities

LaTeX logo
Yesterday I wrote our business plan with LaTeX. Since this looks really good, I thought it would be nice to share a template in case you want a LaTeX business plan, too.
Download all files here:
https://github.com/elsamuko/business_plan_template

This is how it looks like: business_plan_template.pdf

Notes:

  • The template was tested with kile on Linux
  • The template is configured for English output, but you may change this by modifying the line “\usepackage[english]{babel}”

Happy LaTeXing!

 
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Black Silk 0.3.6 Release

Published on March 19, 2014 in Black Silk, Release
Black Silk Logo We applied the preset menu, where you can open and save your custom settings, to the plugin toolbar in version

<<< 0.3.6 >>>

 
What’s new:

  • presets for plugin
  • standard buttons for plugin toolbar
  • plugin ok button highlighted

You can download the latest version here.

 
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Black Silk 0.3.5 Release

Black Silk Logo Speed 0.3.5
We are happy to announce BlackSilk

<<< 0.3.5 >>>

which brings some more speed and stability. Also it’s a big step towards the new architecture.
What’s new:

  • new: more speed due to smarter caching mechanisms
  • backend: cleaner imaging architecture in preparation to 0.4.x
  • info: more relevant information in the application log
  • fix: mac can load png images again
  • fix: abort in the save-as dialog doesn’t start the final rendering

You can download the latest version here.

 
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Black Silk 0.3.4 Release

Black Silk Logo We are happy to announce BlackSilk

<<< 0.3.4 >>>

which introduces new flat filter icons and also fixes issues under mac and win.
What’s new:

  • chg: new icons in the view menu
  • chg: updated icons for all filters
  • chg: updated GUI library from Qt 5.1.1 to latest Qt 5.2
  • fix: fixed crashes under mac and win due to broken deployment

Known issues:

  • mac standalones cannot load png images, this will be fixed with the next release

You can download the latest version here.

 
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Black Silk 0.3.3 Release

Black Silk Logo We fixed some bugs with loading saved presets (thanks, Margaret!), which are included from version

<<< 0.3.3 >>>

 

What’s new:

  • fix: better automatisms while loading and saving images and presets
  • chg: improved logging output
  • fix: same naming scheme for all versions

You can download the latest version here.

 
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Current datetime to std::string with C++11

Published on December 2, 2013 in Tech, Utilities

Here is how you can get a string representation of the current timepoint with C++11. This is very useful for logging.
The output of the program is:
2013-12-02 09:51:39.732

See also this answer at stackoverflow:
http://stackoverflow.com/a/12836048

PS: The shebang at the beginning is a simple compiler call, which allows running the program as script:
https://github.com/elsamuko/cppsh

Edit: I switched from std::chrono::high_resolution_clock::now() to std::chrono::system_clock::now(), else you get wrong dates under OSX with clang++.
Edit2: Replaced the format string “%F %T.” with “%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S.”, else it crashes with MSVC.

 
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Sending an email with groovy, ant and gmail

Published on December 1, 2013 in Tech, Utilities

I needed a script, which notifies my automatically, if something happens. I chose groovy with its built-in ant module, which has email support. The ugly part was, that ant needs some extra libs to send emails and the libs included with grape are not automatically passed to ant. Thankfully user takacsot from stackoverflow had a solution:
http://stackoverflow.com/a/17329343

This is the final script, which sends an email to myself:

You need only a textfile with your login credentials in the form of a java properties file.

If you want to do the same with gradle, I wrote a post here:
http://forums.gradle.org/gradle/topics/how_to_send_email_by_using_ant_mail#reply_13402202

 
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