Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Avatar Editor RC 1 + AIR Deskop Application

Release Candidate 1 for My Avatar Editor is now online (same link as before). Included is an installer for the Desktop version of the editor (built using Adobe AIR). The desktop version supports the associated file types .mae and .mii, drag and drop, and... well, really, that's about it :) Everything else the web version can also do.

Changes include, but are not limited to:
  • AIR implementation updated for Flash Player 10/AIR 1.5
  • Favorite Color selection now updates when a new character is loaded or randomly generated
  • Legacy XML parser should now be fixed, allowing loading of older-style XML
  • New XML format has been finalized (?)
  • The assets loaded by the editor (the "character") can be displayed by itself (demo; similar examples were made before but required another wrapper)
  • Remembered character data has changed to allow multiple Flash SWFs to use the same data (editor and character) so when you load the editor for the first time for RC1 it should show the default boy instead of your last character; this will only happen once and your character will be remembered from this point forward
  • File menu button now at the end of the tabs at the bottom of the screen rather than being in the "General" tab
  • Layout for the image export screen has changed
  • You can now zoom in twice as much as you could before in the image export screen
  • More code refactoring...
Check for issues, report any problems. This will likely be, or be close to, the final released version of the editor as it would appear on the main website... which I have yet to make.

Concerning the XML, I've decided to leave it alone. The idea of mapping the colors to hex codes kind of made sense for making it extensible, but the values can just as easily be checked for length or prefix to determine what they are specifically indicating (id value or actual color). Not confusing the real data any more than is necessary seems preferred.

In terms of releasing the source, I have some documentation I still want to complete before that happens, not to mention making sure there aren't any more issues to contend with. It'll be soon, though.


Nik said...

It just rocks.
Thanks, I have been using it all afternoon, kids love it.
Good effort A+

hidetaro said...

Very nice Editor!!