Draw with drawpile

Earlier today, a site names GetDeb.net just released a new program called “Drawpile”.

Drawpile 0.7.2

“Version 0.7.2 of DrawPile, a collaborative drawing program, is out!

This release brings new features and fixes some annoyances:

  • Users can now be given exclusive access to layers
  • Copy & paste is now supported
  • Visible annotations are now included in saved images
  • Builtin ability to look up the computer’s externally visible IP address
  • Fullscreen mode works better (menu is now hidden and floating docks remain visible)

Up to date binaries for Windows are also provided, but you need download the previous version as well to get the required libraries, if you haven’t already.”

I rather have GetDeb.net tell you in their own words what it is.

 “GetDeb is an unofficial project with the mission to provide the latest open source and freeware applications for the current Ubuntu Linux release, in an easy to install manner.

The GetDeb repository extends the official repositories by providing latest versions and new applications. Unlike the official packages, GetDeb packages do not have a predefined release schedule – new software versions are provided as they become available from their authors. There is a short and limited testing phase instead of a full testing cycle to ensure packaging quality, however it is less strict than Ubuntu’s official requirements.

You may also be interested on the UbuntuBackports project. It has a limited scope compared to GetDeb but the advantage of being an Ubuntu official project.”

As you can see, GetDeb.net collects and releases new software packages developed by programmers to the current version of ubuntu. Your system, and you, are fed a good dosage of software material. It stops when you say so.

I gave Drawpile a try on an old ubuntu system 10.04 32bit LTS. Yes, this system is still useful 🙂

In order to install it, you add the GetDeb.net repositories to your software sources. I am using ubuntu 10.04 so I will show you how to add this repository to this system.

First select “System” from the top panel, “Administration“, then “Software Sources“.

Select the “Other Software” tab and select the “Add” button.

Here is where you will find the source of the repository.

Or you can view the picture. A picture tells a thousand words.

After the repository has been added, go ahead, and update the system,

#sudo apt-get update

Then install the package,

#sudo apt-get install drawpile

 Once all has completed, open the program from “graphics” sub-menu.

  I have to admit. Using this program for the first time reminded me so much of Microsoft paint “evolved”. The memories of the good old days when trying to pretend you were an artist made me relive the child that was in me. How beautiful it was when creativity came easy. Did not come that easy as I did not know where or what to draw. When in doubt, start a new project. As I did, I was able to have some child-like fun. The familiars where there, “paint brush”, “eraser”, “pen”. The right-side of the application allows you to change thickness of the drawing tools and visual format. This could a neat application to have handy if you don’t mind spending a little time learning something new.

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