Did I miss something?
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Tue Jun 20 11:25:40 CDT 2006
> I've used Axialis Icon Workshop, and it is a wonderful program.
> It just kinda drives me crazy that, since Revolution is a
> development application, that an Icon editor would not have
> been already created.
As a development tool, it need not necessarily also be an asset creation
tool. Some might even argue that the scope of each is beyond the scope
of the other. Apple's Interface Builder and XCode, for example, do not
provide image editing environments.
I've considered making an icon editor in Rev, but in spite of the cool
factor I had to step back and look at my own work, recognizing that I
use (and love using) Fireworks to create most images, and many others
use Photoshop, and no matter which image editor you're using you're
probably also relying on a few Photoshop-compatible plugins for things
like bevels, highlights, glow, etc.
Rev is a great development tool, but without support for the dozens of
Photoshop plugins we all rely on it'll always be somewhat limited as an
image editing environment.
And even if support for Photoshop-compatible plugins were added
(listening, Chipp and Chris? <g>), it would be a tremendous amount of
work to create something that offered all of the conveniences already
built into Fireworks and Photoshop (layers, multiple undo, vector
cropping of bitmaps, mask control, etc.).
With a few externals one might well create another Fireworks in Rev, and
quite possibly with greater productivity/ROI than Macromedia did. There
are hooks for image bitmap addresses, so it's fully possible.
But even with Rev's advantages in crafting GUIs, an application of that
scope not a trivial task. Creating something on par with the most
popular image editing packages would likely cost at least 20% of what
those publishers spent in development -- a notable advantage for Rev,
but still requiring substantial resources.
So while I think your efforts in delivering an icon editing environment
in native Transcript are inspiring, I must admit that I probably
wouldn't use it myself since Fireworks does such a wonderfully rich job
for me already, and I suspect many others who make a lot of icons are
similarly married to a dedicated tool.
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