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Archive for March, 2007

New SVG Logo Download Center

Thursday, March 29th, 2007


I’ve built a SVG logo download site complete with svg to png converter so that users can conveniently create raster files to the exact size they require. One nice feature of this ‘Rasterizer’ which users a java module called batik, is that it doesn’t create an anti-alias border. The produced png logos sit on any color background without the need to crop a pixel from the edge. i think this combination of svg and batik has huge potential for graphic artists creating interactive vector graphic applications where the end product is a raster file. Such as, seamless background files, customised buttons, and personalized social network graphics. There seems to be a huge number of people searching for this kind of thing and a ready market ready to exploit for those designers who want to take leap of faith with SVG. I say this as there are still accessibility issues for SVG. Users of ie are required to download a plugin from adobe in order to view SVG content. This has been the thorn in the side of SVG developers for since its inception.

With my own SVG project Color Pattern Gizmo I’ve been working to make this process as painless and appealing as possible. The method of prompting users to download SVG plug-ins is however not an optimised process and needs to be looked at by some more talented programmers than me. That is , until a time when MS supports SVG natively within its browsers. The trouble is that nearly all SVG applications on the net only receive developer-centric traffic, so user friendly and non-cerebral pugin download and installation is not important to this group. The typical user searching for free myspace graphics however is going to leave any site without thinking when confronted with a javascript alert box telling them the site they are looking at is essentially broken unless they are prepared to fix their browser.

I should mention that both the latest versions of FireFox and opera now support svg without the need for a plug-in. If and when Microsoft will follow suit i have no idea.

MySpace Background Creator Launches In Color Pattern Gizmo

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

color pattern gizmo

After a bit of a struggle i finally have the background tile generator in my Color Pattern Gizmo’ working. Go ahead and have a play – its fun and free.

The canvases and fabrics will be on sale within a week… i hope.

This blog has been quite of late, mainly due to this project. Investing time in developing this application hopefully will generate me a bit of cash. However more importantly, this work will provide me with a new set of tools I will be able to apply in developing new forms of user/artist creation.