What is Picture to People ?

"Picture to People" (P2P) is a huge Computer Graphics project. It was started to create new softwares able to make 2D drawing, 3D rendering, vexel drawing, text effects, photo effects, image filtering and other complex Computer Graphics operations. It has been made from scratch, including its low level Computer Graphics libraries like Maccala. Nowadays, most final features produced for this project are released as free online tools available from its official website. This blog talks about Computer Graphics, mainly concerning Picture to People development.

"Only who makes has true knowledge. Knowledge is control. True power depends on total control. Only who makes from scratch has the real power."

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The feasiability of animated effects

Recently I have made some basic tests evaluating the possibility of creating some animated text effects. In fact, I was analyzing the feasibility of such effects by using current technologies.

Unfortunately, the first tests were no promising. Of course, I will not use flash, so the natural choice to create animated text effects that could be used online is GIF format, what offers animation capabilities.

Despite it's still useful, GIF is an old format with several limitations that don't make sense nowadays. Despite I have made simple tests, it seems that it would not be easy to create any kind of professional animation with this technology. When I tell "professional", I don't mean complex animations. They could be trivial, since the graphic quality was high.

The only other self-contained option that could be used in internet is APNG format. It's a little better that GIF for my purposes, but currently most browsers doesn't support it natively. I have found several problems and no good solution.

I'm still developing a lot of "still graphic effects", so I don't have much time yet to go deeper into these questions. Anyway, probably I still have a long way until I can release animated effects in Picture to People.

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