TOKYO (MacHouse) – Several days ago, I was looking at several screenshots shown at this Japanese web site, which introduces iOS applications. And I thought to myself “That’s what I need for the iOS application that I’m currently developing.” The application introduced there has a pink solid-color background filled with lots of small, translucent circles. I tried to find a web site to download a free desktop picture like it except that I couldn’t find any. So I had another thought. Hmm… Maybe, I can just develop a desktop application that allows the user to fill a rectangular image with a shape of their selection. That’s how I’ve ended up with MiPatterns, which I submitted to Mac App Store several hours ago.
Source: Tom Bluewater
Source: Tom Bluewater
MiPatterns is a desktop application that you can use to create an image full of simple figures. It comes with a built-in library of nearly four dozen code-generated shapes including circle, triangle, star, heart, diamond. Select one, and you can repeat it over a rectangular solid-color sheet they define.
- Choose one of nearly four dozen shapes to repeat in order to create a pattern.
- Insert two, three or any number of patterns to the same view sheet.
- With Pattern List open, drag and move the selected shape to change layer places.
- With Pattern List open, remove patterns from the view sheet.
- Use Mini View to see the entire picture.
- Save current progress as application’s document file. Double-click on a document file to recover progress with one or more patterns inserted to the view sheet.
- Save your settings for laying out the document and creating a pattern with a click of a button. Click on Load to load saved settings at any time.
- Save the current view sheet as a picture your disk.
- Select a file name over application’s status menu to reveal the very file.
- The application does not support the fullScreen mode. (It will be supported with V. 1.1.0 or higher.)
- The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
- Languages: English only.
- Application file size: 11.7 MB.
- The application comes with a built-in 14-page user guide. Choose Show Quick Tour under MiPatterns whenever you need to see it.
- 10.8 (not tested), 10.9 (not tested), 10.10 (tested with 10.10.5), 10.11 (tested with 10.11.1)
- 64-bit system
For the moment, you cannot use your own image to repeat in order to create a pattern. This feature will be available with Version 1.1.0.
- The document size must be at least 128 points x 128 points.
Version 1.1.0 (Released on January 21, 2016)
- Fix: When the user clicked on Save while laying out the document or making a pattern, the application did not save the alpha value.
- The user can now use their own picture to create a pattern.
- Three additional pages (#14, #15, #16) have been added to Quick Tour.
- Numerous other minor changes and fixes are done.
Version 1.0.2 (Released on January 16, 2016)
- A new page is added to Quick Tour to explain the purpose of using the push button with a left-looking arrow over Pattern List.
- Changes are made to the composition of the application document file.
Click here to download a trial version. This trial version will remain fully functional for 7 days, starting from the very moment you first launch it. Note that you cannot use the Mac App Store version to open a document created with a trial version since changes have been made to the composition of the application document.
There is no video tutorial at this time.
MiPatterns is a product of Tom Bluewater.
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