Infinite Figure Designer: Phase VI Mar 25, 2012 8:27:06 GMT -9
Post by papermakeit on Mar 25, 2012 8:27:06 GMT -9
Infinite Figure Designer
I would like to introduce you a first concept for a new Tool to help gamers to design paper Figures. This Tool doesn't pretend to reinvent the wheel, of course, but only be a specific tool for those who like paper figures and want to have all of them different each other.
Build a tool to design Paper Figures starting from pre-made single body and accessories pieces. The tool will use a Drag&Drop system and take benefit from Shuffler engine.
All Paper Figures will include a related back side, automatically generated by the system after completing the front side. Each single piece can be drawn likewise in a bitmap or vector format, producing a 300dpi high quality printed Figure. All works can be saved and reloaded in a second time to continue the work or shared with other users.
Figures can have their single customization by moving, rotating, resizing, flipping and recoloring single body pieces and adding or modifying (in the same way of body pieces) wearing objects. Each piece will be produced with internal Magnets that attract each other to make assembling easier.
A whole Figure can then be completed by an automatic black Outline, whose thickness is chosen by the user.
All needed elements will be included into a single file and plugged in Shuffler to play.
Phase I: First Engine Steps.
In this phase a really hard work has already been done, thanks to a ready Shuffler engine and lots of coding hours. Testers can download the Extra Set #4 - Body Test and plug it in Shuffler (both Full and Demo versions work fine). At the moment you see all single pieces visible into the library and start to play with them by dragging and dropping into the canvas. Start with the Torso (the only piece to follow a snapping drop for a better alignment, but this behaviour can be changed). Then add all pieces you like by simply drop them near the Torso or other already placed pieces. Internal magnets will attract each other making everything very easy to complete. moving around the Torso will make all joined pieces move as well accordingly. Similarly each "parent" piece will make all "child" pieces move, and also rotate (Left and Right Arrow key), flip (J and K key) and resize (PageUp and PageDown Key). In this phase we can see where Magnets are placed: a little black&yellow disc indicates exactly where pieces are attracted.
A new piece will be placed on a front layer but users can move it backward (B key) or forward again (H key). All chained pieces are included into the same layer as the parent, so they will be moved back and forth all together.
All the other commands are explained in Shuffler Help Page.
Phase II: Frame.
Even 28mm figures are small to see on the screen. So, you need a function to zoom in the figure to let you modify and manage the figure. Then you can zoom out again the Figure and pass to another one.
Phase III: BackFrame.
The Frame includes a BackFrame: a mirror that replicates the Front image you are drawing step by step but from a Back view. So when you add a new piece, the system automatically draws the back part of the same piece and adds it exactly into the mirror side. Zoomed In feature rotates the Back side for a better view. Last, all features like move, rotation, zoom and recolor are replicated automatically to the mirror.
Phase IV: Flap Base.
Into the library there is also a choice of Flap Bases that join the two Figures (Front and Reversed Back). When the Flap is dragged and dropped into a Frame, it automatically takes place on the zero line, at the center of the Front Frame. This helps to be precise and fast.
Phase V: Final Testing.
The whole Tool needs to be tested and stressed a lot before relaasing it. Many features could have been corrupted by the new ones.
Phase VI: Players.
An investigation about how play all Extra Sets of Figures. Single Sets can be played by only Shuffler at this moment. This means that users need to purchase the full version of Shuffler in order to play with Figure Sets. This of course could be too much for many, not interested in making maps at all.
So, following the Adobe example, it could be released a free player that let users play a single Figure Set without additional costs, and a second player with capability to mix all Extra Sets items to enjoy the most fun. Finally a third version that is Shuffler itself with all of its FX and Extra Sets included. Price of intermediate version to be determined.
1) Drag a FRAME
2) Drag a TORSO into the Frame
3) Drag all other other pieces joining them to the TORSO
4) Dragging around the TORSO will move the whole Figure
If you are an Artist and want to join us to give your support and take part to this new project, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and start to have fun seeing your creations included in a new Extra Set to test.
The more testers the more this Tool will grow faster and better, so don't hesitate to download all files needed and tell us what you think and what you would like to add or remove. Thank you for your precious support!
Shuffler Full or Demo
Infinite Figure Designer Demo or Free Player.
Extra Set #8 - Robot TEST 03
Extra Set #4 - Scotsorks TEST 01
Extra Set #7 - Charlie Squad TEST 02
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