FiltSketch

Monday, April 24, 2017
By keiji
My latest project is an App called "FiltSketch", which generate an sketched image from a picture.
The core algorithm is an image to vector converter based on a shape evolution using Hill Climbing method. It is a kind of pattern searching in a image by trial and error.
There is an already a famous App in the Mac App Store: Primitive for macOS. The App is well built and very impressive.
The author also has published the source code of the core algorihm: Rrimitive on GitHub (go lang)

My app is using the same algorithm and using the vector data to draw a paint like image. (TBD)

Anyway, here are some screenshots of my first attempt of implementing the algorithm in C++11, this is so far I have achieved and satisfied with as a first phase.

Sample#1: Original Image:


Converted:


Sample#2: Original Image:


Converted:


App overall UI:

Galaxy Spatioplotter 1.04

Friday, April 07, 2017
By keiji
Galaxy Spatioplotter (macOS) 1.04 is now available. More colorful Galaxy!

Galaxy Spatioplotter@Mac App Store

More color options to make it better looking, even though it might not reflect the actual color. I'm still struggling to create a "smoke" kind of effect of dust lane. The app uses GLSL for the volume rendering, thus it is kind of heavy program. The simulation itself should be stable.


Adobe Muse

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
By keiji
I have started working on so called "cornerstone page" for my apps, and I chose to try to use Adobe Muse.
It's pretty easy to use, as long as you follow certain rule of the behavior of the software.
Here are the links:


Some thought:
  • Overall easy to use. Consistent UI throughout Adobe products.
  • "Assets" concept is important - prepare images beforehand, and use "Place" to put images.
  • If I use "Pin", then contents won't flow any more. This is a huge issue when I try to center any objects. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.
  • To make an image "pin" to the center of the page, use text box and paste an image as an inline image, and use "wrap"/'text align" to make it center. Regular "Pin to page" won't work, but this works.


Muse Essential Training by Dani Beaumont on Lynda.com was great and very useful/helpful.

Galaxy Spatioplotter improvement

Sunday, March 12, 2017
By keiji
I've been working on improving the appearance of galaxies generated by Galaxy Spatioplotter.
It was OK before using accurate B-V color, but not visually attractive.
So, I added a little more "color" to it.
I'm hoping to release this option soon.



Galaxy Spatioplotter introduction video

Thursday, January 19, 2017
By keiji
Galaxy Spatioplotter - 3D galaxy simulator/modeler - introduction video is now available.
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