July 29th, 2008

marcus 2013

CD-ROMs are go!

I finished packing disks for the mailout at about 3 AM and promptly fell asleep in front of the computer. Woke at seven, since then I've been updating my web site with details of FF X and the new CD-ROM contents etc. In an hour so I'll stagger round to the post office, hand over £100+ in postage, and go on my way rejoicing.

Games con at the weekend, after that I can unwind a bit, clean up the flat, and start work on FF XI

Oh, and here's the FF X Collapse )
marcus 2013

One that didn't make the cut

This is one of the pictures for FF X that didn't make the cut - basically, I thought about using it but in the end it just seemed wrong for the setting:

I had a really complicated explanation about the techniques used for the colour printing etc., and the stamps being supplied as a roll with no perforations top or bottom, but in the end I decided that postage stamps were possibly a tad unlikely given the difficulties that dragons have handling small delicate things with their big sharp claws. I think that it's more likely that letters would have to be paid for at the post office, with something like a rubber stamp or the postmistress's signature to show that the money had been paid.

Later And the reason for posting this, which I completely forgot to mention, was that I was reminded of it by spending nearly an hour sticking on stamps this morning!
marcus 2013

Draw Programs?

For the big boat picture I used a vector graphics drawing program called Micrografx Draw, which is basically abandonware - it's a nice easy to use program, but it's many years since it was supported, and it has some flaws that make some projects difficult. The big one, as far as the spaceship thing is concerned, is that occasionally things change size as the file reloads. This is a total pain if you are trying to do things to a consistent scale. It wasn't quite so important with the boat, but if the modular design idea I had is to work it will need to be scaled accurately.

Its big advantage, which is lacking from a lot of other programs, is that it's easy to work with banners and other projects that span several pages. That was very important for the boat, and will be vital for the spaceship thing.

Can anyone suggest something a little more reliable that has this capability, is fairly easy to use (e.g. not a fully featured CAD program) and hopefully isn't ridiculously expensive. So far I've tried Serif Draw and Open Office Draw, but neither seems to know about continuous multiple page documents. I suppose I could try setting up a custom page size or something, but it'd be easier to start out with a program that already has the capability built in.

How about Corel? It's ridiculously pricy but I may qualify for an educational deal or something. Anyone know?