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Rename other users, and more

In what has almost become a regular weekly update I can present you more cool new features for Colorillo.

If you are a regular user on Colorillo, you might have found people that you liked drawing with. Unfortunately, this was often just a one-time experience. Next time you would not know if someone’s there that you had drawn with before.

Maybe you have exchanged information about yourselves through the chat feature, but this was rather unpractical, even more so as there are no private messages on Colorillo. I have tackled this problem in two steps:

Rename other people

Rename other usersThis could be a first step for finding people you like drawing with.

When you identify the drawers (remember the last line feature) you would like to draw with again, just give them a name. Next time you arrive at Colorillo, you can find them again in the user list.

Mind you that the name you give other people will only be visible for yourself. Also you can’t see if other people have given you a name.

Take people with you to a new picture

Follow a user to a new pictureMost likely you will discover new people on the Colorillo homepage where everyone can draw. Then it might happen that someone comes along and destroys the drawing that you have been creating. Bummer!

But now, you can just pick the people you enjoyed drawing with, and just invite them to come along to a new picture. How this can be done I will show you in the next section.

New process for starting a new drawing

Start a new drawing screenI have revamped the process for creating a new picture. Just as before there are two variants of this:

  1. Create a new and empty picture
  2. Start a new picture based on the current one

(Actually I frequently use the second option to “store” great pictures for the gallery: I create a new picture based on the current one and then just leave it alone)

There used to be two buttons beside the picture for this: Now I have reduced it to one. When you click it, a window appears with the selection between the two options. And here comes the new and interesting part:

Furthermore you can choose if you would like to invite someone on the current page to come with you. There is a list of people who are currently on this page, alongside with a checkbox beside each one. Use this to select the people you want to invite (now it comes in handy if you have renamed them before)).

Custom brush sizes

Custom brush sizeThere are 4 brush sizes that I have chosen in the beginning to suit your drawing needs. But some people wanted more fine-grained control:

When you are on the advanced colors panel, above the brush sizes there is a new sliding bar. You can use that to modify the size of the pen pixel by pixel. If the mouse is too clumsy for you, you can also use the keyboard shortcuts [ and ] (any people with different keyboards than US have problems with that?).

The slider above the line is used for opacity. I have switched to jQuery UI for the slider and removed the caption showing the percentage of the opacity. For one you can see what it looks like in the color panel just above. Otherwise you can use the keyboard shortcuts 1, … 9, 0 for changing the opacity to a certain level.

I hope you enjoy these new features as much as I do. If you have further ideas for Colorillo, just keep them coming. Thanks!

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