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ComparePSD – Free Windows Download from PixelNovel

Screengrab of two PSD files
If you’re working with several saved versions of a Photoshop PSD file, this is a mighty useful tool for examining and comparing your PSD files, layer by layer, to make sure that you open the correct version. And you don’t have to open Photoshop to do so! Better still: It’s free!
Here’s the link.


MaPZone – A Free and Powerful Procedural Renderer

thumbnail of MAPZone example Stone Steps
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Head over to the MaPZone website to discover what’s special about this texturing tool.

Link to MaPZone site
Link to Wikipedia article about Procedural generation.

Mind Mapping & Idea Generating Software

Mind mapping software won’t actually start breeding ideas for your essays on its own, but it will certainly help you to organise and structure your thoughts, and many other useful things besides.

thumbnail of FreeMind Free Mindmapping software
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FreeMind is very highly thought of, because of its ease of use, and its ability to deal with many types of information input. Give it a go! It’s Free!

Here’s the FreeMind wiki, and there’s a good explanatory video to download here. Here’s the all important download link. Because it’s written in Java, it will run on Apple, Linux and Windows. (Check that download link for details).

Ideal essay writing tool.

Ideal essay writing tool.

If you prefer to share your mind maps with a group online, have a look at the web based MindMeister.

Get brainstorming!

Header Image # 014 – Free Textures

This header image is a slice from a picture chosen at random from The Morgue File, which is a repository of free images at medium to high resolution. I found this in the Texture section that contains nearly 800 downloadable images. Here’s the link

Mayang’s Free Textures


A free download website featuring 3,400 textures in high resolution. There is a huge variety of architectural imagery, and much of it is derived from European, rather than US buildings.

Please note: There’s a download limit of 20 textures a day, so as to prevent overloading the server.

Here’s the link.

DVD Player & Screen Grabber.

If you want to grab video frames from a DVD ( which might be useful if you’re thinking of giving a presentation soon ), you might be interested in the FREE DVD player featured on the 3rd year page. It has a nice name too: Gom. Get grabbing!