I'm excited to announce that CanvasDraw, our HTML5 drawing tool is back. Over the past month we have re-engineered the tool to address many of the issues that have been reported. In particular we focused a lot of time on performance and reducing the lag issues many users had. The tool has been vastly re-engineered with performance in mind.
The tool is now in it's first BETA version - which means that it's much more stable than the test version, but we still consider it to have things that need perfecting. As with all of our tools in the past, over time the tool will become more advanced and perform better, in particular as new versions of browsers are released we will such big improvements in speed.
We have opened the BETA tool to the top 500 users, and will increase this number as we get confirmation there are no big issues.
To use CanvasDraw:
Click on "Draw Online" and where you select which tool to use, it will be at the bottom of the list. If you do not have access - you will not see this. We will give more people access over the coming week as we have confirmation there are not big issues.
It is very important that you keep using the tool to help us perfect it. We can only fix things if we know they are broken and in some cases it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact issue so the more people who report the exact issue they have, the easier it is for us to fix.
We are already planning next features and will add these in the near future. Some features we will be investigating are:
- layer merging
- more advances brushes
- various other features that I will not mention until I am more confident they are possible without big performance impacts, but some of these are very cool and will match features you see in our Java tool.
Some tips and things to consider about the new tool:
- Firstly, if you have an old browser, consider upgrading. However new versions of Firefox and Chrome will be out in the next few months that we have tested with beta versions and they perform MUCH faster with the tool
- Continue to save your progress to your computer occasionally to backup your work in case of an error
- As with a new software, you may have to learn some new ways to achieve things that other tools do differently
- Using brushes can take some perfecting. Try clicking rather than drawing when you want to do a perfect single brush stroke.
- The pen tool does clean lines better, airbrushing is cleaner, but less blurred
- The brushes offer more variation with strokes, but can be more difficult to do clean airbrushing (again, try doing lots of single clicks rather than drawing
- Use KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS. They will make it much quicker to draw.
Last edited by mick (20 Jan, 2011 9:32 am)
We have now extended more users to CanvasDraw. If you previously did not have access to try out the new tool, and are ranked in the top 1000 users, then you likely now have access.
Go for it!
UPDATE: CanvasDraw once again is back after some development to about the top 500 users. We will continue to let me users have access after we have done some more testing - hopefully the week some time.
I will be creating a video screen-capture in the near future to demonstrate the tool and give some tips to people who may be struggling with some features or just need some lessons.
Updates will be posted soon