It’s been about 3 weeks since Deco Sketch went up for sale on the interwebs starting with the App Store for iOS and the Android Market. It’s now available on on Amazon’s App Market as well as Barne’s and Noble’s NOOK App market. I wanted to put together a quick review and rating from a independent developers point of view. This is more from the perspective of actually getting your app into the markets, getting it noticed and administrating it.
I’m working on visuals for a couple electro house tracks that will be used on the tour of an act I’m not sure I can mention. I was given 2 tracks to work with and some reference and loose direction. Which is good, and bad. One of them I just ran with and came up with some good ideas and motion to go with it. The other, not so much.
The reference I was given was of text mosaics that make up faces. Its a cool look but I’ve been struggling on where to take it with motion and how to get that effect. To my knowledge, there are no plugins that do this for video. I found a cool application (windows only) called Textaizer Pro that creates a similar effect in static form. There’s plenty of control for tweaking and getting a specific look. The output is pretty cool and the app works well. The best part, its free. It’s shareware ( I haven’t heard or used that word in years ) from APP Helmond which is awesome. I definitely appreciate the time put into it.
Through my good friend Google and my other friend Trial and Error, I’ve finally got Deco Sketch in line for review at the last 2 remaining worth-while app stores. I’m still debating if BlackBerry is worth it considering the small user base. I haven’t written it off yet, I just need to put it down for now and focus on client projects right now.
Deploying to Amazon is nearly identical to Android. You can use the same .apk file published from Flash Professional CS5.5 for use on Android with one exception. The AIR download URL needs to be updated for users without it already installed, or it needs to packaged with the captive runtime. I’ll show you both ways so you’re not stumbling around the web sorting through endless dead-end links like I was.
Deco Sketch is officially up for sale on the Android Marketplace. Since this is the second real post on my blog, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about.
Deco Sketch is a generative drawing application built for tablets. Through play and experimentation, It gives anyone, artist or otherwise, the ability to create something beautiful or chaotic. It provides a relaxing zen experience of sorts watching the shapes grow on screen as you draw on the glass. It’s art, that creates art. Man that sounds so “new age”. In other words, its an abstract drawing app.
I put this blog up about 6 months ago to jump on the “I’m a blogger” bandwagon. Based on a few tweets and articles I tripped over, writing articles for well-known blogs or your own was a recommendation to drive traffic to your site. While I’ve no doubt that’s true, I felt like a square peg jamming myself trough a round hole. I did it anyway and wrote a couple “buzz” pieces, the early posts on this blog. I’ve decided to leave them there. Seems like silly history that you should know about me.
2011 was shall we say, lame. A little better than 2010 but not by much. I started a small design studio with my partner Morgan, C+G, in January of 2010. Probably one of the worst times to do so following the housing crisis. My wife and I bought a house during that crisis and got a great deal. Problem is I had to pay the mortgage and work was drying up. The release of the all mighty iPad and Steve Jobs open letter to the world on how much Flash sucked had a lot to do with it.