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WWW as a Strategic Tool

AGOCG held a workshop in mid- February on this topic. At this we addressed issues to do with the potential applications for the Web including teaching, distance learning, MIS, information delivery and access as well as issues relating to the national and local infrastructure requirements. The recommendations of this workshop, which will be considered by AGOCG, are included in this issue.

Image Enhancement Software

We now have software agreements in place for image processing software. It has been suggested that we should look at the area of photo retouch and image enhancement software to complement the image processing software. Clearly this would be applicable for scientific and artistic applications. Does anyone have any interest in getting involved in an evaluation or any experience that they could share with others?

New Reports

A series of Case Studies of the use of IT in Art and Design has been collated and is available as Technical Report 26.

I have also just distributed a report on Colour Management Systems as part of the "Hitch-Hikers Guide to Graphics". If you do not receive this and would like a copy of the report, please let me know.

I have the notes from the course held at Edinburgh University on the topic of Graphics Programming Tools. If you would like a copy of these then get in touch.

Art and Design Software

I conducted a survey of the use of software in the art and design area (which is very broad). I received 41 responses from 29 sites. 64 software items were listed (I excluded the more general purpose packages such as word-processing).

The software items which were listed most frequently were: Photoshop, Macromedia Director, Freehand, PageMaker, 3D Studio, Adobe Premier, Quark Xpress, and Adobe Illustrator. All these were used at over half the sites. All were Macintosh software except 3D Studio from Autodesk which is used on a PC.

I am working with CHEST to ensure there are agreements for software in this area.

Anne Mumford