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Ponyscape Super Ultra Beta

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 7, 2013, 11:59 AM
Hi Everypony!!

I'm doing a stream on Introduction to Vectoring with Ponyscape this afternoon, and decided that since I'm going to be using the latest version of Ponyscape, I would upload it.  This is the last version that will be based on Inkscape, all future versions of Ponyscape will be based on a new vector suite that I'm working on.

Please note that this version of Ponyscape is unstable, has not been thoroughly tested, and comes with no liability.  Please please please save often in order to not lose your vectors in progress.

I am only releasing a Windows binary and the source code since I'm pretty busy and don't have the time to put together a Linux or Mac OS binary.  For building the source, please look at the Inkscape building from source wiki: wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.p…

Windows Binary: ponyscape.org/ponyscape.7z

Source: ponyscape.org/ponyscape-src.7z

Hopefully I'll have some good news regarding my new vector suite sometime soon!  The summer has been very busy for me, so I haven't been able to do that much on it, but things are winding down so I'll be able to get more work done!

Thanks again for all the support!!

:iconflutterguy317:

Ponyscape Status and Update

Journal Entry: Sun May 5, 2013, 5:08 PM
Hello Ponyscapers!!

It's been quite a while since the last update, sorry about that!  A few people have been asking about the next release, so I figured I should release a new update.  So here goes...

The Ponyscape project is currently on hiatus.

I am working on a new project that will be the basis for the next full version of Ponyscape.  This project is a full-featured vector suite that I am building from scratch in C++ using the Qt Framework.  I have yet to work out the complete details, but I will keep you all posted as to how the project is progressing.  In the meantime, here's some information in an FAQ form:

Q: Why are you creating a whole new vectoring suite instead of continuing to use Inkscape?  What prompted this?

A: Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Inkscape.  I think it's a great piece of software and I loved working on it.  Unfortunately, a lot of the codebase for Inkscape is messy and combines old coding techniques with new ones, which can get very confusing.  It was a constant struggle to try to find the root cause of crashes, and changing some small things could eventually lead to the entire program being locked up or crashing completely.  It was very difficult for me to receive bug reports from the Ponyscape users whose root cause was from something very deep in the code (and often not caused by any changes from my development).
A couple of things sealed the deal for me when making this decision.  The latest beta of Ponyscape began having issues when a dialog was moved, and any attempt to trace the bug was futile.  Additionally, while retrofitting the Objects dialog for submitting to upstream Inkscape, the blur slider began to cause random crashes which I was unable to pinpoint.  Too much of the Inkscape code would need to change to get it to be clean and modular enough to a point where fixing bugs would be relatively easy.  I wish the Inkscape team the best of luck and I know that they will continue to produce a solid vectoring program, but working on the codebase was too frustrating for me.

Q: Will this vector suite be free and open source?

A: Yes!  I plan on releasing this project under either the LGPL, GPL v2, or a dual license as soon as I have something tangible to go off of.  Once it is open sourced, if anyone would like to help contribute to it, you would be more than welcome to!  I would like to keep the code in a clean, strict format though, so if you would like to join the development team you would need to have a pretty extensive understanding of C++ and code optimization (knowledge of the Qt framework and the SVG standard would help too).  I may start a kickstarter for the project once there is enough work put in to demonstrate its feasibility.

Q: Why choose the Qt framework over Gtk (or any other)?

A: The Qt framework is open source and is focused on cross-platform compatibility.  This means that a lot of code that would need to be specially written for Windows, Mac, or Linux can now be written in the same way for all three platforms and the Qt framework takes care of Operating System specifics.  This makes the code a lot cleaner and allows the project to focus on new vector functionality instead of fixing compatibility issues.  Additionally, the Qt framework is available for a lot of different platforms, including Android.  It's possible that a version of this vector suite could be made for Android-based tablets (which would be really cool)!

Q: When will this be released?  It sounds like it will take a long time.

A: Working on a project such as this from scratch has it's benefits in terms of a timeline.  The code is very clean and organized so it is easier to expand new functionality.  Working in a small development team means potentially being able to rewrite entire parts of the code if need be.  Additionally, because the project is aimed at being modular, it's easy to work on individual components without necessarily disrupting others.  Lastly, working on a new codebase is a refreshing breath of fresh air, and actually a motivation to continue developing new features.  Hopefully I will have something which is somewhat usable within the next couple of months.

Q: What about the ponies?

A: The vector suite is going to be geared towards professional vectoring, however it will be very modular and brandable.  The professional version will be released along with a Pony-branded version which will be the new Ponyscape.


So hopefully that gives you a quick update on what I've been doing and the future of Ponyscape.  Once I open up the code, any suggestions for new features, user interface designs, etc. will be more than welcome!

Happy Vectoring!

:iconflutterguy317: flutterguy317

A quick update!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 1, 2013, 2:39 PM
Hi Everypony!!

I hope you all had a great time over the Easter weekend!

I’ve got both some good, and some bad, news for you all. Unfortunately, Ponyscape 0.5 will be delayed, perhaps indefinitely. But don’t be sad, because the good news is even more exciting!

A few days ago I received an e-mail from one of the lead developers working on Adobe Illustrator. As over 90% of their user base now use the program exclusively for drawing Ponies, they feel they will start to loose business to the open source alternative Ponyscape if they don’t produce a ponified version of their own program!

So, they have asked me, on a voluntary basis, to take the lead in developing Adobe Ponystrator! This is a really exciting opportunity for me and I hope you will all support me and the beta test team as we begin work on this fantastic new project!

Thank you all for your support and the amazing art you contribute to this group!!

:iconflutterguy317: flutterguy317 and the beta test team.

UPDATE
Yes, this was an april fools joke, don't worry flutterguy317 and the rest of the development team are still working on Ponyscape and there is no such thing as Adobe Ponystrator. the ' 90% of their user base now use the program exclusively for drawing Ponies' is just a random made up statistic.

:iconhourglass-vectors: Hourglass-Vectors and your friendly neighborhood Ponyscape development team.

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Ponyscape Info

Group Info

Hi Everypony!

This is a group for anyone who uses Ponyscape to create vectors. The development team will be pushing out updates through the group's journal, so be sure to +Watch it if you want to stay up to date! If you use Ponyscape to vector, feel free to join! If you used Ponyscape to create a vector, feel free to submit it to the group gallery!

Download/Changes

Latest (Version 0.4 Patched): ponyscape-vectors.deviantart.c…
Version 0.4: ponyscape-vectors.deviantart.c…
Version 0.3: ponyscape-vectors.deviantart.c…
Version 0.2: flutterguy317.deviantart.com/j…
Version 0.1: flutterguy317.deviantart.com/j…

We always recommend that unless we tell you otherwise, it's best to download the most recent Ponyscape version.

Ponyscape Info

Ponyscape is a derivative of Inkscape, a free, open source vectoring suite. It is currently being developed by flutterguy317 and is continuously undergoing new feature development and bug fixes. The beta testers listed in the Admins section help review pre-released versions of the software to ensure that the released product is stable enough for use. Unfortunately, our resources are somewhat limited and this software is cutting edge, so we can't catch all of the bugs, so while releases are relatively stable, we recommend that you save your work often.

Why a derivative of Inkscape you might ask? Why not just contribute patches to upstream Inkscape? Actually, we do actively contribute patches upstream into Inkscape, and are watching the bug listings to get ideas for new features to add. Unfortunately, Inkscape development is sometimes too slow for our liking, or is concentrated in areas which may appeal to the broader vector art community, but we feel does not provide the most benefit. Additionally, we do not want to limit ourselves too much in the creative aspect, so we feel that creating a derivative of Inkscape that also gives back is an ideal situation.

Goals of the Ponyscape Project:

:bulletblue: Provide vector art software that is easy and entertaining to use

:bulletblue: Create vector art software which contains cutting edge features

:bulletblue: Create software which is relatively stable so it can be used both professionally and by hobbyists

:bulletblue: Adhere as close as possible to the SVG 1.1 standard, but don't let this get in the way of the previously listed goals

Rules

:bulletblue: Anyone is welcome to join!! If you do use Ponyscape or are interested in vectoring with Ponyscape, we look forward to having your art featured in our gallery! If you don't currently vector or don't use Ponyscape, we are always happy to have your support!

:bulletblue: Any submitted art must have been created with Ponyscape. It greatly helps us group administrators if you could note this in your deviation description.

:bulletblue: Currently, NSFW art is not allowed. Shipping is allowed, but keep it relatively clean.

:bulletblue: Stolen artwork is not accepted, and submitting artwork which was stolen will result in revoking of group membership

:bulletblue: Spamming and rude comments will not be tolerated, and will result in a warning or possible revoking of group membership

Special Thanks

I would like to personally thank the following:

:bulletblue: All of my beta testers, who seem to find all of the bugs (which is a good thing :p)

:bulletblue: Killagouge for generously donating to make this a super group

:bulletblue: All of the admins at the MLP-VectorClub, without whom I wouldn't have started vectoring

flutterguy317



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atomixmxson08 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
the file that it on is a .7z file witch i cant download cant you zip the file ?
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Where does one go for help when trying to learn Ponyscape, but gets stuck and none of the tutorials or videos are providing the answer and needs some type of live person help?  Post a question here?  Send a note to someone asking for help?  A Ponyscape forums?  I want to vector, but was told GIMP isn't a vector program, but am finding Ponyscape to be quite confusing and lacking instructional online help when someone gets stuck.

Where I'm currently stumped and spent the past 6 hours trying to figure out is the clipping part and can't seem to get it to work.  While in Flutterguy's and Atmospark's online youtube videos, they talk about selecting a "Create Clip Group", but that feature isn't available in the latest Ponyscape I downloaded from this Deviant Group link, the latest 0.4 patched version.  All I see is "Set Clip", "Set Inverse Clip", and "Release Clip", nothing about a "Create Clip Group", which their online tutorials say to use.  Did the "Create Clip Group" feature get taken out in the latest release?  If so, the videos aren't properly explaining how to clip now step by step with it missing.

Can anyone help me solve this mysterious clip feature?  I'm sure it's just something I'm overlooking in my stupidity of trying to learn a new drawing program.  Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
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lucky7number7seven7 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sta.sh/0b0ac8yrcwm

I need help.
Upon trying to get this epic program, I get this message Every. Flipping. Time. *Ragequit*
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Esc54 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Two of my submissions to "MLP - OCs" have expired. Why aren't you accepting/rejecting arts submitted to that folder?
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Helmetzid Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm new to this whole vector thing.....and aside from not having a clue how to taper line endings, I need feedback. Could someone look at my first two works I recently posted and give some feedback to a new guy? Thanks.
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Rozanslash Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what does it take to be a power user. im going to guess using it alot, or most of the time.
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MEGARAINBOWDASH2000 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
If anyone can please make more vectors of Rainbow Dash in the dress that green eyed rarity put on her with dark magic in the season 4 episode inspiration manifestation that would be great then I can update the rockin ways picture and please some one should make a vector of that rock n roll dude version of Rarity I made on that picture I made please.
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Pokegirlsky Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Does this group do requests? ( I suck at making things unless I use a base )
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dasprid Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm wondering one thing. liamwhite1 is currently porting all Ponyscape features back into Inkscape, since this fork was officially declared dead. If one switches over back to Inkscape when his ported code makes it into Trunk, would one not be allowed to submit to this group anymore?
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Bizarroghoon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am having a ton of issues with Ponyscape. Constant crashing, Broken swatches, and layering issues. I hope you keep updating the program. It needs a lot of polishing. 
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ShockblastAssassin Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering if some1 can make a vector or fanart of my OC, :p
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Savestate Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
website-temp.comuv.com/

Dunno I was bored and thought it might come in handy
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BigDream64 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What's the difference between Ponyscape and inkscape?
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liamwhite1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanted to mention,

I have an "unoffical," very experimental build of Ponyscape up for grabs on my page here. If anyone would like to test it out and report some bugs, that would be great! Thanks :)

What's been added is a new path effect called Join Types that supports Extrapolated (but not Extrapolated Arc yet, I'm working on it) joins on regular strokes, without killing the node count.

And to those of you wondering about Power Strokes, they weren't meant for tapering lines. I'm coming up with a solution for that, but it may be a few weeks :)
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zziccardi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for adding my vector (fav.me/d77krxq) to your gallery… As someone who's only just begun vectorizing ponies, it means a lot to me. :D
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Goddard-Grenadee-23 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
oh man oh man. Inkscape is a hard program to use!
to be honest, I had to take a course in school to learn how to use it, and I still don't know how to use the darn thing!
I try to vector things in SAI, it's much easier for me.
but major props to all you who can use Inkscape like this!
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lucky7number7seven7 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see one problem in your FAQ Journal: The website Ponyscape.Org isn't existent yet.
Can someone give me a download link? XD
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FlutterBOSS Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If anyone could help me out, that'd be great. I downloaded ponyscape, but whenever I activate it, it looks exactly like inkscape. Is tehre supposed to be a visual difference? 
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BatmanBrony Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student General Artist
Just wondering, how long does it take some of you to vector a pony?  It's takes me really long to even do a simple vector and I feel like everyone else does it in a shorter time span.
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