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  1. It is a tragedy to not have this thread bumped when it contains probably the best gradient plugin on the board.
  2. I think that instrumentality helped me with my personal usage of scientific theories. Falsificationism does not allow you to believe in evolution as truth, but you can accept that it is a scientifically valid theory. So, I need a reason to use theories which are currently accepted and scientifically valid, but without holding a belief in them. Instrumentalism was my favorite approach. As stated on Wikipedia: "instrumentalism is the view that a scientific theory is a useful instrument in understanding the world. A concept or theory should be evaluated by how effectively it explains and predicts phenomena, as opposed to how accurately it describes objective reality." There are a lot of arguments for and against these approaches as well as other approaches. But I think it is likely that everyone in here as chosen their own methods for using and understanding science (and a lot of people in here could use certain methods in order to utilize the theory of evolution). See the theory of gravity and its history. It's something which we thought we understood until people like Einstein came along- and now there's a lot of room for debate on how gravity works. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrumentalism
  3. Sorry to bump an old topic, but I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on evolution. It seems to be a popular topic lately and has also drawn some attention to the scientific method. I do not consider myself to be an "evolutionist." By which I mean I do not hold beliefs in evolution. I accept evolution as a current, science supported theory. I do not "believe in" evolution or accept it as truth. That is not science. If you look at the history of science you will see why it is not always a good idea to accept a theory as truth: they are often disproven or altered as time goes on. I do see value in the theory of evolution as there are some good, observable examples of it working. We can observe evolution in bacteria and viruses today, because they are able to reproduce and mutate so quickly. I think some people in this thread are denying evolution completely when it is a decent explanation for these things. Just ask the question: "Why does bacteria become resistant to drugs or vaccinations?" The flu requires new vaccinations after a certain period of time. Certain bacteria like MRSA have become resistant to antibiotics (which were designed to combat them). I think that evolution is a good theory to use in these situations as it works well. I should say it is the best scientifically valid theory to use in these examples. I don't mean that it is the "correct answer" to these questions, but rather it is an acceptable answer. I also go to a state university which teaches the theory of evolution. And I saw a number of people get upset with the teachings because they do not have an understanding of the scientific method. I personally held a "belief" in evolution until I improved my understanding of the modern scientific method and how it was used in the past. The book I read was called "Understanding Philosophy of Science" by James Ladyman. The basic, modern system used to classify scientific theories is known as falsification. Here are some, but not all basic rules of falsification if you are interested: 1. There are no beliefs (induction). 2. A previous event does not prove a future event will have the same outcome. (Again, this is induction). 3. The goal of falsification is to disprove previous theories, not prove. 4. Therefore, no theory is “truth.” There is no truth. 5. Statements that cannot be disproven are invalid under falsification. They have no relevance. #5 is a very important point of falsification in my understanding of it. I think that understanding falsification will help a lot of people with the scientific method in general. I can say it helped me a lot, but I don't know what your opinions are. But I can say this- the technical "disbelief" in evolution will not make you any less of a scientist under the terms of falsificationism.
  4. I think this is the best Gradient plugin currently available. Anyone who uses gradients needs this... The dithering is a time saving feature.
  5. That's strange, I found this with no posts on it... I used it, looks like the best plugin for this as long as you are using the same radius for all sides. The fact that it allows gradients can make some things easier.
  6. Adobe: "When converting a color image to Bitmap mode, first convert it to Grayscale mode. This removes the hue and saturation information from the pixels and leaves just the brightness values. However, because only a few editing options are available for Bitmap mode images, it’s usually best to edit the image in Grayscale mode and then convert it to Bitmap mode. " After this, there are several tools you MAY be able to use. The one I found that may work for you is Threshold, which converts the image to black and white I believe (according to the threshold level you select certain pixels can be omitted) Search for this plugin or check, it is in the adjustments menu. --- Other plugins may be available though.
  7. For an outer glow (inside/outside) there are several plugins called "outline object" or similar, some of which allow blurring for the glow effect.
  8. Just wanted to post mine... pm if you want tips.
  9. Just wanted to post mine... pm if you want tips.
  10. Well now that's not true Paint.NET is capable vector in lots of ways you just have to open the possibilities /srry for double post Wow I didn't think they were made in PDN but nice job
  11. Yea I need to do that so I can use custom brushes... too bad they are stored there
  12. As long as the school has .NET 2.0 or higher you can run it. I've found it works better off a flash drive on my school computers than at home... kind of sad Just Go to Program files or wherever you have it and copy and paste the paint.net folder. Run it off the drive. If you don't have net 2.0 it won't work. I was fortunate to have a new computer lab at my disposal though most of the other computers did not have it. Type this into internet explorer to see the version installed on the current computer: javascript:alert(navigator.userAgent)
  13. I like pokemon and kirby!!! Nice work!
  14. I can realize it is a bug in internet explorer. But because the majority of users are still using internet explorer I think the community is forced to work around for it. At least that's how I have to work, coding and designing everything for Firefox which works just fine and then going back and tweaking things that are unneccessary and stupid because the majority of people are using IE.
  15. Is this not even looked at? (No offense) It's just something about png that annoys me and if anyone could provide some sort of plugin to correct it that might do some good...
  16. Is this not even looked at? (No offense) It's just something about png that annoys me and if anyone could provide some sort of plugin to correct it that might do some good...
  17. Thanks I have 3.5 at home but for the portable (or live) version I only have 2.0 available on the school computer
  18. For portable use, I'm not sure what the requirements are for 3.6 or 3.5. Any help appreciated thanks
  19. I don't know if it should be called a bug or a feature request... Removal of the GaMa chunk. I seem to get inconsistent results. I doubt that PDN would remove this by default because of its "uses" to other OS... But when it comes to internet explorer it has different brightness than anything else. Example: http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?t=568277
  20. Yea these seem like more advanced features, I don't know if sbrown will do them? Off topic, but, if someone does liquid resize it will be one of the best plugins to have..
  21. Boltbait's plugin will make a border for any selection. In addition there are two plugins made specifically for this render purpose: Borders N' Shapes- Very advanced tool from pyrochild viewtopic.php?f=16&t=4828&hilit=borders+n+shapes&start=0 Border- Part of asmageddon plugin pack viewtopic.php?f=16&t=21216&hilit=border&start=0 My advice would be to download all the plugins of interest in the plugins forum, saving time by taking note of the "plugin pack" threads. Good luck
  22. Nice work I will be testing it now...random gradients...
  23. On another note, if you are just looking to create a rounded rectangle, Curtis' effect does so here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=22521 --- A suggestion for the OP would be to add anti aliasing, this is used in most rendering plugins here.
  24. Seriously bro this is going to help a lot, I just found it in one of my monthly plugin downloading hunts!
  25. Hi, I heard people talking about compressing the pngs... There is a plugin optipng that does lossless compression. Thanks for the plugin
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