Ever wanted to use your desktop as a sketchpad? And by ‘use your desktop’ I do mean quite literally!
OMG! reader Marko dropped us a tip on the following self-described ‘free painting software’ that allows you to use your fingers, mouse and/or graphics tablet to make free-hand sketches, notes and annotations upon your desktop.
No longer do you need to stay within the rigid confines of application windows or dedicated drawing canvas’ – you can now treat your desktop like a chalkboard with Ardesia.
Ardesia works with most pointing devices – use your mouse, a touchscreen, a drawing tablet, or any other device supported by Linux. There is probably very little benefit using a mouse with the tool over, say, something like Shutter’s Editing feature, but if you have a touchscreen or a digital graphics tablet Ardesia can be both fun and helpful.
Your creativity/OCD can be let loose upon more than just the desktop – import image you want to annotate and away you go. Best of all, you can save, record and even stream your work as you create it.
I’ve loaded my feature-gun and here are the bullets: -
- Recording feature (requires VLC)
- Ability to stream ‘live’ screencast of your desktop as you use Ardesia
- Save sketches as .pngs or .pdf’s
- Draw freehand in any colour you like
- Configurable brush size
- Other tools include arrows, text and geometric shapes
- Undo/redo feature
There are also many more features due to be added in later releases including: -
- ‘Stroke’ based virtual keyboard for entering text (like swype perhaps?)
- Many extra tools for use in screencasts/presentations -
- curtain for ‘hiding’ parts of your screen
You’ll find .deb installers over on the projects’ page @ code.google.com/p/ardesia