Posts Tagged ‘Flash’

Some of the long time readers of the blog will be knowing about my liking for graphics softwares and websites. While surfing the web today I came across Sumopaint. I immediately fired it up and started using. A little over 2 minutes after using the application I was just crazy about it. Its simply amazing. So I thought I would share it with my readers.

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Photo editing

Sumopaint is an online flash based application that allows you to create content from start of you can apply some of the effects you find in photoshop. You can call it a striped down version of photoshop just like photoshop express. However while photoshop express only allows you to do effects on your photos, Sumopaint actually gives you a variety of drawing tools as well that you can use to create your art.

  • To start with you can find rectangular select tool, move tool, gradient tool, pencil tool, brush tool, paint bucket, Erasertool etc
  • In shape tools you get rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipse, pie, polygon, star, line and symmetry tool
  • In effects it offers blur tool, smudge tool
  • It also has a free transform tool, a text tool, an eyedropper tool.
  • Sounds a lot like photoshop doesn’t it, oh wait wait wait, did I mention layers support? Yes! It has layers too. Color swatches, color palettes and wow….
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The palettes and tools

The layers support basic functionality like reordering, adding, deleting layers, flattening all layers. Next on very photoshop like you have a Filters Menu. So what all is included in it? Start counting because here I begin: Blur, Sharpen, Emboss, Detect edges, Twirl, Liquid waves, Noise, Perlin Noise, Clouds, Brightness/contrast, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Desaturate and Negative.

What’s more when you select a tool you even get an options bar for the tool just as you would get in Photoshop. Nifty, ha? Like when you select the brush tool you can change the brush shape, scattering, diameter, opacity from the options bar.

Its one of the best web apps out there, the control you get with the cursor is amazing, and the symmetry tool is awesome, you just have to use it and see it in action to believe what it can do. The folks have done a very very good job. 5/5 stars from me.

Ah.. just for the sake of completeness, since it on the web so you can’t ignore the social aspects of the app, you can create your profile and view other user’s work, being online means that two or more people can collaborate and so much more fun and productive.

Let me get my hands wet and show you my master piece!

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Creating art!

OK, my master piece is not top class stuff but was created in under a Minute! You got to give some concessions to me and credits to sumopaint. Here is what I did incase you want to emulate my art!

  1. Fill the background layer with a gradient (Choose gradient tool, choose two colors and just click and drag your mouse)
  2. Create a new layer (Click add on layers palette or choose new layer from layers menu) then choose the symmetry tool, choose bright colors and just scribble around (in short strokes, changing colors often, you can change the shape of symmetry tool from the options bar as well).
    Choose filter > Liquid Waves (play with settings till you are satisfied)
  3. Lower the opacity (till you are satisfied) of currently selected layer so that the background layer shows through, change blend mode (towards the top of layers palette) to Linear dodge.
  4. Create a new layer, choose the brush tool and change the shape to stars or something similar and just randomly click here and there!
  5. There you have it, your result will look different for sure but you get the idea! Pheew! It took more time to type the steps than it took to create it.

Most of all have fun at Sumopaint, its really good, trust me I am very critical and don’t get blown away by things easily but I can’t help praising Sumopaint.

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ispring logoWith Office 2007 there is always the problem of file compatibility. Although there exist ways like saving in Office 97-2003 compatible format, and the Microsoft compatibilty pack, however why not convert your files to a format viewable on both the Web and the desktop?

If this is what you want iSpring can help you. iSpring allows your to convert your PowerPoint projects into Flash in just one click. iSpring converts the PowerPoint projects into Flash movies while retaining the animation effects of the PowerPoint project: such as, diagrams, charts, graphs, slide masters, mouse driven animations, flash files, all slide transition effects and more.

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iSpring converts Powerpoint projects to flash

Moreover iSpring has many product options to choose from. There is the iSpring free application, iSpring Pro, iSpring Ultra, and FlashSpring. Each product has the core feature of converting PowerPoint to Flash. iSprig Pro has additional features such as: size and scale customization, flash presentation autostart, frame rate control, live preview, email, interactive, logo and more. iSpring Ultra on the other hand allows you to use Action Script to control the presentations.

Check out iSpring to give you presentations a more professional look!

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Improved Sprout (v1.1)

Hey Sprout(which I talked about earlier) is in open beta now!!


Now anyone can try out the sprout builder and create the custom widgets. Here are some statistics about the SproutBuilder for the five weeks of closed private beta:

  • 5,000 users.
  • 17,000 sprouts.
  • 11 million sprout views.
  • Users from 30 countries.

Sprout (V 1.1) includes many new features such as:

  • A "save as" function so you can quickly clone your own sprout
  • templates so new users can quickly get started creating their first project
  • advanced text controls
  • MySpace external links
  • Hand tool to grab and move the canvas
  • A full list here!

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Have you ever wanted to add sophisticated dynamic content to your website of blog?

Dont know flash? Dont know Action Script? Dont want to hire professionals?

If the answer to anyone of the above is Yes then you would want to have a look at the "Sprout Builder". Sprout Builder is a Web Application built with Adobe Flex. Its very easy to make a Sprout using Sprout Builder’s friendly interface. Some salient features are:

  • Drag and Drop Interface.
  • Easily add videos, music, news feed, juke boxes, images, slide shows.
  • Use timer to control the display time of various objects.
  • Control opacity, links, and other effects of objects.
  • Publish on large number of sites or embed on your own.
  • Share sprouts.
  • View statistics about your sprouts.
  • Manage the sprout and instantly update all the sprouts that exist anywhere on the web.

The best part you can even use images, videos and music that resides on the web by specifying the URL. Although i lost my mouse pointer quite a few times while building the widgets but guess thats why its in Beta yet!! All in all a fun web app and a useful one too

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