(Pre) ANN: Pattern Toolkit Gallery

Wilhelm Sanke sanke at hrz.uni-kassel.de
Mon Oct 24 16:55:33 EDT 2005

I have added a gallery of images to my website 
<http://www.sanke.org/MetaMedia> (scroll down on the left and select 
"Pattern Art").

The images are examples created with my "Pattern Toolkit" built with 
Metacard/Revolution (for some reason it is impossible to build a 
standalone of this stack in the Revolution IDE, but it is possible in 
the leaner alternative Metacard IDE).

I intend to offer the toolkit as a free download in the middle of 
November. The GUI of this up to now very personal tool needs first to be 
cleaned up and organised, as there are more than 100 different functions 
and algorithms to create basic color patterns and to transform them into 
various secondary and tertiary patterns by means of different kinds of 
overlays, shifting, rotating, creating multi-directional color 
transitions (gradients), using vertical and horizontal flips and 
(partial) mirrors etc..

The toolkit is a further development of an older tool that used small 
fields as color units (compare my stack 
<www.sanke.org/Software/RevTestStacks.zip> which is also attached to 
Bugzilla 2217; see also my comments on page "Tools and Samples for 
Development" on my website concerning the so far unresolved difficulties 
for the Rev IDE).

The new toolkit now uses backcolors of chars in a 120x160 matrix 
(instead of the former 5400 fields) to achieve a satisfactory resolution 
that enables the user to enlarge the finally saved image. You can try 
out this for yourself after downloading the real-size JPEG images.

 To navigate to the individual images click on the thumbs.-

As usual, there remains the question of the intentions and the 
usefulness of such a tool. I think a number of answers are possible.

In my experience it is a very creative tool, maybe mainly useless, but 
somehow fascinating as I find myself spending long hours experimenting 
with ever changing patterns.


Wilhelm Sanke

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