Awesome free applications for artists

Here’s a list of awesome free applications I use in my work. Very useful for artists, designers and generally for everybody. I will not list here most popular and excellent free software like Blender, Gimp, Krita, only some of less known tools, that I found to be great.

1. Kuadro – your reference images manager

Every art starts from referencing. And I see a lot of people using Photoshop for their general image reference layout. But there is a better tool. And It’s freeware.

Kuadro is a tool that lets you open multiple image windows across multiple monitors, resize, rotate, crop, zoom, and organize them the way you want it on your desktop, and then save that preset for later!

The tool is portable, so all you need is the executable, no installation and it can live in your dropbox or gdrive. It’s designed to stay out of your way and be as minimal as possible.

The tool is free to download, and you can get […]

Awesome free applications for artists2019-12-02T13:55:06+00:00

Better free text to speech voices on older „Windows“

Text-to-Speech (TTS) refers to the ability of computers to read text aloud (speech synthesis). A TTS Engine converts written text to a phonemic representation, then converts the phonemic representation to waveforms that can be output as sound. Windows desktop systems can use SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 components to support speech synthesis and speech recognition.

Windows XP has a English voice engine called Sam. Beginning with Windows Vista and Windows 7, Microsoft Anna is the default English TTS voice. It is a female voice and is designed to sound more natural. Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 and later install the Microsoft Anna voice on Windows XP systems for the voice-prompt direction feature.

In 2010, Microsoft released the newer Speech Platform compatible voices for Speech Recognition and Text-to-Speech for use with client and server applications. These voices are available in 26 languages and can be installed on Windows client and server operating systems, also on Windows 7 and Server 2003.

The […]

Better free text to speech voices on older „Windows“2021-09-27T05:34:51+00:00
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