Posts Tagged ‘iOS’

PIXELLER – Kit da Studio Wins FWA!

May 3, 2012

Pixeller -try it out!

Kit Man (IMM 2002) has been creating excellent work for years at http://www.kitdastudio.com and has just launched a mobile pixel editor called PIXELLER.  The app has just won an FWA – so major congrats on a great app!

Here is the story from Kit – enjoy!

Why make it?

Coz there’s no such a serious-enough pixel art editor in the market, so i decided to make one – for myself and for people like us [:)] which allows us to create pixel art anytime anywhere when we have 5 or 10 minutes free

Why pixel art?

It is a style that never grow old; and it always remind me the golden age of gaming – which means the age where multimedia craftsmen need to push their skills, imagination and playability design to the very-edge under the limited resources. I still think the games of the 80s from Nintendo are the best game to spend time with.

What was a challenge?

I am new to the imaging part of objective-C. So I don’t really know where to start; after I’ve done sketches of Pixeller on scrap papers. The solution is step-by-step and bit-by-bit. I’ve broken things down into very small single tasks – and solve it one-by-one. Like playing puzzle. And through which I become more confident in programming [:)]

It looks complicated!

It has been a dilemma to me, to make it quickly OR to make it like drag-and-drop pixel art editor. Finally i decided to support more features to make it a serious-enough pixel art editor – reason : tools are here to support creativity and it can’t be too limited.  In the end, it took from design to product – 2 months time

What’s next for Pixeller?

I’ve done 80% of what I’ve sketched on the design notes. The next step would be ANIMATION ! With the introduction of a timeline – and pixel artists can make an animated GIF out of it ! the video and features info will be here – http://www.kitdastudio.com/?p=513 and screencaps can be grabbed from here – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixeller/id511355490?mt=8 If you have more questions I would love to answer them [:)] Pixeller v1.1 http://www.kitdastudio.com

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2012

April 20, 2012

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2012

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia invites you to their Open House 2012

// Tuesday May 1, 2012
// 4PM – 7PM
// Studio Huddle
// 97 Niagara Street, Toronto

Come see the latest in Mobile, HTML5, Flash AIR, Augmented Reality, 3D and more!

Our Post-grad Graduates would like you to meet them and view their portfolios.
Partake in refreshments and mingle with the Interactive Industry.
Please bring colleagues and you are encouraged to pass along the invite.

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/openhouse/2012/

http://facebook.com/events/289635944448455/

See you there!

Dan Zen & IMM Crew.

Professor & Coordinator
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia
Canadian New Media Educator of the Year 2008
http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/

PS – portfolios currently online are still being completed.

Creating Mobile Games and Apps a Reality for Sheridan Interactive Multimedia

February 28, 2011

After ten years of prototyping mobile apps… WAP (2001), Flash Lite Apps for PDA’s (2005) , tilt emulators (2008), etc. we finally have games and apps running on real mobile devices at Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one-year post grad program.

We had a few running second term last year but now all the students have them on iOS, Android with Windows Mobile 7 and Blackberry just around the corner.  In class we have a dozen iPhone, iPod Touc, iPads, Android ViewSonic and Samsung Galaxy devices.  The students have apps up and running on the devices primarily through using the Adobe Flash / AIR packagers for iOS and Android which lets them build once and publish across many devices.  We have a quick look at the native iOS apps as well and some of the students have done personal project work in this area.

Tyson Leslie's Punch Driven Android App

The tools and techniques to prepare apps for mobile devices are still in their early stages often requiring a dozen steps with installs and command lines, etc.  to run emulators, handle signing, etc.  We have been working through these steps in our second term Multimedia Pioneering course and some of the notes and discussion can be found on our Flash to Mobile Facebook group which is open to everybody to join.  The skills to build the applications in general are embedded in our other courses from Web Authoring, Motion Graphics, Web Design and Application Development where Web based apps are also looked at.

William Chong's DumbBots

The response from the students when seeing their apps on actual devices was so exciting.  Here are a few blog posts of the experience – certainly not all roses but that’s what happens when you pioneer technology.

Will – http://interactivewill.wordpress.com/
Greetings Pioneers! Let’s continue the MOBILE-STREAK!

Joanna – http://ongjf.wordpress.com/
At last, I finally got some of my flash applications into the iphone! I’ve been waiting for this moment since the start of the term!!

Antonio – http://otiracimm.wordpress.com/
I can now put my apps on Android devices!

There were many more and we look forward to presenting the apps at our Open House in April or May – stay tuned!

-2011-


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