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MSF Beach: LED Wall drawing

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Colorillo is currently powering a collaborative drawing event at the Ärzte ohne Grenzen (Doctors without borders) beach, a temporary beach created for the duration of the AIDS conference 2010 which is being held in Vienna.

At Adria Wien on the Donaukanal in Vienna, you will find an LED wall on which you can draw on using Colorillo. Take your iPhone or Android phone with you, enter the web address you can find there, and start drawing. Of course it also works on Laptops, the iPad, and iPod Touch.

It’s a neat experience to see what you draw appear on a big screen, even more so if you’re drawing with someone else. The resolution of the screen is limited, so sometimes you end up just drawing big blobs of colors, but that’s even more fun. If you happen to be in Vienna, pay a visit. It’s fun!

On Thursday, July 22, 2010, John Megill of the FM4 radio station will be DJ-ing and during that there will be a focus on drawing on the wall. Drawing will start at dusk, around 8:30 pm.

There is also a Facebook event which you can attend. During the Happy hour, a percentage of the price of each drink will be donated to Doctors without borders (MSF).

Thanks to Oliver and Eva for making this possible. Happy drawing!

Pressure-sensitive Drawing

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Users of a Wacom tablet can now have pressure-sensitive drawing on Colorillo.

Before you can do so, you need to install a plugin from Wacom. As soon as this is done, Colorillo will automatically recognize your tablet and you can simply vary the pen size by pressing harder while drawing. There is also a new FAQ entry about this.

This allows to draw lines with variable width throughout the line, like in the picture in this post. If your pen has a second pressure sensitive point at the other end of the pen, this eraser works too (it erases by drawing in white).

One caveat: the plugin by Wacom doesn’t seem to work in Firefox 3.6 or Chrome, so you may need to resort to an earlier version of Firefox or Safari. Let’s hope that Wacom fixes this soon.

I am no expert with pressure-sensitive drawing on tablets, so please tell me if it all behaves as expected. Happy drawing!

Explaining Colorillo

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Lately I have been mostly adding small features and bugfixes to Colorillo.

Also I have created a Colorillo Facebook App, but, honestly, if you know Colorillo already, you want to stay here. The Facebook app is only a teaser of what Colorillo offers.

In this post I want to talk about something else: the help feature.

Even though I consider Colorillo relatively self-explanatory, I have added something that should help new users: Help bubbles. Think of Colorillo as a comic strip where each feature tells you what it does.

I have premiered this feature with the Facebook app and it has been quite satisfactory, so it is now also available on the real Colorillo.

All new users are presented with these bubbles straight away. If you want to take a peek, there is a new, red “help” link at the top right of the screen.

If you find that something else needs more explanation, please do tell.

Facebook App

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

You can now also draw on Colorillo from within Facebook. This is now possible through the new Colorillo Facebook App.

It is a somewhat stripped down version of Colorillo as there are no advanced colors. The screen estate for Facebook apps is limited, so I had to do away with the world map and move the user list below the drawing.

One of the benefits of the Facebook app is that you see your friends on the drawing by name , so no more guessing if this user “from Vienna” really is your friend. For chatting while drawing I encourage you to use the built-in Facebook chat.

To invite friends to your drawing, you can post something to your wall through a link on the top right. It’s a bit clumsy compared to Colorillo because choosing specific friends to invite must be done through the lock button within the Facebook message screen. Unfortunately Facebook doesn’t provide customization in this area.

Still you can use the Facebook app to lure friends into drawing on Colorillo. For quick sketching the Facebook app is well worth checking out.


Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I have been busy working on a new feature called topics. It is an attempt to make it easier to find drawers who want to draw something along the same lines. Along with this there come several enhancements and features.

Optional User Registration

Topics come together with user registration. You will only need to register if you want to take part in drawing on topics, “normal” Colorillo remains the same: you don’t need a username for that.

I am not a big fan of having to sign up on a web page and Colorillo is very usable without it. But it happens that someone comes along and draws over the homepage where just something nice was being created. I don’t want this to happen for people who have found each other to draw something specific.

When you are registered you will show up with your username in the user list.

There are also two bonus features for registered users: statistics and view the drawings you participated in or created.


New Sidebar SectionThere are some additions to the side bar: on the top right there is a drop down that lets you switch from the user list to something called “drawing info & options”.

I have picked a screenshot that shows all available boxes on this section. Most likely you won’t encounter all of them at once.

  1. When the drawing was created.
  2. Statistics of the drawing. This shows the number of drawers and lines that were used to get to this drawing. This behaves a bit differently on the homepage, there it shows a live statistic of what has happened since you arrived.
  3. Whether the drawing belongs to a topic (see below for more).
  4. When you are the one who created the drawing, you can now lock the drawing. If you feel that the drawing is finished, you can lock it so that nobody can add any lines to it.
  5. There is also a voting box so that you can vote for or against a drawing right then and there.
  6. Creation history: Shows if the drawing was based on another drawing, and/or other drawings are based on this drawing.


I have to say up front that the whole section still is a little rough, but over time it will become better.

Apart from the idea that drawings can belong to a topic, each topic has something I call a drawing room. When you are registered, you can simply go to this picture and draw. Everyone else can watch.

There are already a few topics like animals, landscapes, and portraits, but you can create any topic you want.

Every drawing that is created from a drawing room or from a drawing already assigned to the topic gets assigned to the topic again. Also I can re-assign existing drawings to a topic.

So this leaves me to say: Try it out, I hope you like it and create even more amazing drawings together.