August 12, 2005
I look at my previous posts and I just have to laugh. I thought I was so much closer than I in fact was (to completing that is). I really need to apologize to those folks who participated in the Pre-Release package and had to wait so long. Everyone was really quite understanding and I thank them for not hounding me too much. I hope the wait was worth it. From now on, I'll try my best to communicate with everyone via this blog and answer questions when they come up.
For those who are still waiting.... ALL PRE-RELEASE
ORDERS OF KALEIDICA v.2 HAVE BEEN SENT VIA PRIORITY MAIL (USPS). If
you live outside the USA your version of v.2 has been sent first class
air. Today I shipped to Austria, Austrialia, France, Italy, South Africa,
Spain, and the UK (and several locations within the USA). I also sent
a package out to a US serviceman at an undisclosed APO address. It could
be Iraq or Afganistan. [We're all such peaceful people really... why
can't we end the disease of war??]
The registration process isn't up yet... obviously. That is another short-term goal. When that's in place we can start offering additional image libraries and... new studios. V.2 has room for 108 different studios and many are all ready on the drawing boards. They will be downloadable from the site to registered users.
I decided to only support OSX an XP because Kaleidica is rather CPU intensive and the only way to get it running right is to have a fairly new system. That means OSX or XP. I installed the Mac version on an eMac with only 256 Meg of memory and it ran. Fairly well too. But I'm suggesting a minimum of 512 MB of RAM. The processor should be at least 1.2 GHz too. Generally speaking, the bus, video card, RAM and processor speed all play an important part in how fast images from imageLib can be mathematically manipulated and blit to the screen.
More truth. I've got about 3hours of documentation cleanup on the .pdf file (that ships with Kaleidica) and I want that to be there for folks who just plain like to print out the documentation (Kaleidica supports complete instant documentation. Just click on the "?" and then click on the item you want to know about... a help window will appear). About 2 hours of work on the production side and we'll be off to the printers. I'll be able to ship 100 by the end of the week.
Be aware that Kaleidica will release in two different versions. The Standard Version will do almost everything. Everything that is except write out sequentially numbered files for making professional quicktime, DVD, AVI and other format movies. That's a job for the Kaleidica Professional Version.
The Standard Version will sell for $49.95 and the Professional version for $199.95. That's the deal. I'm trying to make this real fair. I want people to get into Kaleidica for cheap... that's the Standard Edition. But if your going to make professional movies with this tool, hey! give it up for the full Professional Version.
There's all sorts of other goodies in Kaleidica that I'd like to elaborate on. Like the animated brushes, the new "feathering" techniques for multiple animated brushes, rythmic undoing, and much more. But I've got to get back to work.
Oh.. and that problem with the Mac OSX. Well it has to do with the spinning beach ball. It seems the good folks at Macromedia... the boys and girls that made Director (the language of KALEIDICA) forgot to disable the busy cursor when draws happen. I'm working on it but with Adobe buying out Macromedia getting anything to happen there is like pushing a noodle. So I'm going to release Kaleidica v.2 with that little issue hanging. It doesn't effect playback or recording to sequentially numbered files (Professional Version). But it is an annoyance to Mac users. As soon as possible I'll make the correction patch available at kaleidica.com.
Meanwhile, the pre-release offer is still going on. If you want v.2 and want v.1 NOW I'll send them both to you for the price of one. Version 1.0 will ship to you immediately and Version 2.0 will ship as soon as it is out. I'll pay for the second shipping!! I hope you think that's a good deal. It won't last much longer as Version 1.0 will be retired as soon as Version 2.0 ships. And that's happenning this week!!
Symmetrically Yours, Chuck Henderson, fishrock studios
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