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SeanJM
06-10-2009, 11:19 AM
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Visit mypaint.intilinux.com/ (http://mypaint.intilinux.com/) to download and use.

You will notice 2 main things, 1. here in MyPaint you have unparalleled brush configuration control. 2. There is a lack of an interface.

MyPaint needs your ideas and input into the creation of our interface. So here is your chance to make your dream interface a reality.

Currently we are doing a UI Brainstorm; here (http://scratchpad.wikia.com/wiki/MyPaint/GUI_Brainstorm).

But we need your ideas, so if you ever had something you wish XYZ app had or did better, now is your chance to express it. You can post your ideas here or in the brainstorm.

Thanks!

SeanJM

fuzzylizard
06-10-2009, 02:37 PM
Looks interesting. Is this open source software and if so what license are you releasing it under. Also, how will you be going about user testing the ideas that you get or will it simply be the developers picking the ones they like?

SeanJM
06-11-2009, 01:28 PM
It is Open Source software. The license is a "GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE". The coders will use the ideas that work best. :-)

This is a community project and we are looking to make an application that people will love.

That is why we need the communities views--to create something people want.

arquebus
06-11-2009, 04:37 PM
Nice to see that there is a windows .exe for people who dont have Linux. I have to say this program looks really sparse. No way to specify document size, nothing in interface to indicate adjusting brush size. All choices for brush textures seem weird. I think the programmers would have been better off using gimp as a starting point and going from there. Another thing I dont like is that it uses the gimp's layout of having everything in seperate windows with no unified background window. There is a freeware program called Artweaver, if that program could be made opensource you would have a winner right from the get go.
http://www.artweaver.de/index.php?en_version

SeanJM
06-11-2009, 04:52 PM
arquebus: It is indeed sparse!

Did you look at the brainstorm? We have some ideas there, but like I said, we want input. If you have any more ideas post them!

- Sean

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Some ideas about popups turning into panels:

http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/scratchpad/images/2/26/Palette_mixer_popup_to_panel.png

How to manage color in the palette editor:

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/scratchpad/images/a/a3/Palette_mixer_popup.png

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If you have a better idea--and you might! Post it.

- Thanks

Boone
06-11-2009, 07:06 PM
Is this program simply going to be another GIMP clone, or an open source contender for ArtRage's crown? I so hope it is the latter.

I love Artrage's interface, so that would be my recommendation for inspiration...

arquebus
06-11-2009, 08:15 PM
Is this program simply going to be another GIMP clone, or an open source contender for ArtRage's crown? I so hope it is the latter.

I love Artrage's interface, so that would be my recommendation for inspiration...
I dont think there is anything special about the UI of ArtRage, what sets it apart is that it simulates very well the physics of real paint on a canvas. And I dont think there is anything different about the functionality of gimp compared to other paint and imaging apps, I just think they chose a weird UI layout. If someone were to make the UI of gimp more regular like photoshop, PaintShopPro or Scribus, that would go a long way to making it an acceptable alternative.

Boone
06-11-2009, 08:35 PM
I dont think there is anything special about the UI of ArtRage, what sets it apart is that it simulates very well the physics of real paint on a canvas. And I dont think there is anything different about the functionality of gimp compared to other paint and imaging apps, I just think they chose a weird UI layout. If someone were to make the UI of gimp more regular like photoshop, PaintShopPro or Scribus, that would go a long way to making it an acceptable alternative.

Well, to be honest, you have image editing packages like Photoshop and paint programs like ArtRage.

In my opinion ArtRage's interface is perfect for painting: other packages are about docking palette boxes yet AR is about moving things out of the way of the brush. Also, ArtRage leaves the image-editing to other packages like Photoshop and GIMP. Tried Painter, but its got so many image-editing features and tools that its not really a focused paint package - I may as well be using Photoshop.

I think that is what I want most in MyPaint: A "jump in and start painting" interface. I only want to see the Canvas and very little else.

SeanJM
06-11-2009, 09:46 PM
I think that is what I want most in MyPaint: A "jump in and start painting" interface. I only want to see the Canvas and very little else.
Boone: You got it, that is what we want too. :-)

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