Picto Creator progress and adding 1500000 symbols

I’m currently integrating Picto Creator into Picto Selector.

I want it to be possible to copy a picto item from a existing pictosheet or the picto list to Picto Creator.

Part of Picto Creator is a new system of creating symbols. I’m working together with Bart Serrien of Sclera to create a picto that is a combination of several images into one new image. So far i’m calling it Sclera Picto.

The images can be combined into 1,500,000 pictos for example:


and

Of courser a lot of those combinations are not usable for normal use or very unlikely. But we want to extend this further and it looks very promising.

To do:

  • Copying of picto’s to Picto Creator, both from the picto sheet and pictolist – almost ready
  • Adding the Sclera Picto as a new picto type to both picto sheets and Picto Creator – not started yet
  • Adding Picto Creator to the database (to store it’s pictos in the database) – not started yet
  • Implementing synchronization of the Picto Creator pictos – not started yet
  • Implementing selection of Picto Creator pictos in the Picto List – not started yet

Enough to do 🙂

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Adding a background option to Picto Selector

There have been some requests for backgrounds for a while now. The good news is that i’m currently adding this to Picto Selector!!
First I have created a way to handle transparent backgrounds. Only a part of the symbols should be a background.
Next I have to add the transparency information to the existing symbols. I do this by assuming that the upper left pixel is part of the background and can be replaced by the background color. Starting with this color i give all the other pixels with the same color surrounding this pixel the background color.

An example, no background information entered:

Then I start with the (0,0) pixel:

As you can see there is a part which is not yet known as background, so we add a point there:

And finally I want to make the background more smooth by increasing the tolerance that is used to to replace the colors. For the Sclera symbols it seems that 50 is a good value:

What I did was using fill position (0,0) and tolerance 50 for all Sclera symbols and i’m now checking for more fill positions. And sometimes I have to decrease the tolerance to get a better result.

The good news is that the Mulberry have already a perfect transparent background. The bad news is that it take some time to check all other symbols 🙂

Here an example of a pictosheet with several background colors:

The transparency will also be added to the Picto Creator.

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Picto Creator

Sometimes you just want to change a existing symbol or create a simpel new one.
I’m currently working on Picto Creator which will be part of Picto Selector. Here is a sneak preview, it is not integrated yet, but my goal is to have all symbols you create with Picto Creator to be published in the picto list. (And saved to the same database, available for all users)

Here an example of a sunday symbol:

And what if I want to change this one?

Now I want a symbol of this dog without tail:

Just use the dog as a background and put something in front of the tail…

It is also possible to use images: zoom and rotate them:

So stay tuned i hope to have this ready before the end of this year

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Version 1.5.10 is now online, over 19000 symbols now!!

Additions:

  • 226 new Sclera symbols, translated to english, dutch, french
  • Czech language, many thanks to Hana KubĂ­ková
  • Insert selected Pictos into Word, with a options dialog in the settings menu
  • Network symbols. Almost the same as User Symbols, but you can only choose a network location and it is available for all computers in the network (using the same database)

Changes:

  • Now also possible to print the picto names above the pictos

Fixed problem:

  • In some situations a extra line was printed at the right side of the symbols
  • In some situations a there was a problem with the language selection dialog, it made it impossible to change the language
  • It was impossible to copy a original layout template

The new version can be installed by selecting the menu item “Check for updates” in the “Help” menu.

NEW: Reward Cards
This is a new application that can be used to create reward cards (a card for stamps). We use it on our school to track the amount of books readed by some students.

http://www.pecsforall.com/rewardcards/
Succes,
Martijn

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Version 1.5.5 is now online

Additions:

  • 605 Mulberry symbols, translated to nl, en and fr
  • 204 Sclera symbols, translated to nl, en and fr
  • a layout template for 2 symbols and 1 Text, used by school “De Ruimte”

Fixed:

  • problem with copied photo pictos on a network database
  • storing the print cutting edge was failing (it stayed on)

The new version can be installed by selecting the menu item “Check for updates” in the “Help” menu.

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Overlijden Opa

Toen mijn vader op vrijdag 11 maart op 78 jarige leeftijd onverwacht stierf moesten we snel schakelen. Onze jongste zoon van 8 jaar die autisme heeft was naar de logeeropvang en we wonen op 260 km afstand. Hoe de week erop zou verlopen was onduidelijk. Al met al genoeg reden voor punthoofden en stress.

We besloten hem daar te laten en eerst duidelijk te krijgen wat de komende dagen zou gaan gebeuren. Die zaterdag gingen we dus naar mijn vaders huis en lieten hem zonder dat hij ergens van wist bij de opvang.

Aan het eind van die dag wisten we meer en gingen we nadenken hoe we hem moesten inlichten en voorbereiden. We maakten het volgende schema en zondagmiddag ging mijn vrouw hem ophalen.

We begonnen met uitleggen wat er gebeurd was en dat we de hond die zaterdag naar een pension gebracht hadden.

We vervolgenden met de belangrijkste zaken. Bij het uitleggen moesten we van hem er per dag bij schrijven dat hij die dag niet naar school zou gaan.

Dat dit allemaal zichtbaar was maakte het hem een stuk duidelijker en hij pakte het goed op. En toen hij maandagmorgen vroeg of hij mocht computeren kon ik hem terug verwijzen naar dit schema waarop hij kon zien dat we eerst naar het huis zouden gaan en dat hij daar zou computeren.

Die vrijdag was de begrafenis en dat was wat lastiger in beeld te brengen omdat er zo veel activiteiten zouden zijn. Toch gaf het hem die week veel rust dat hij een idee had wat er zou gaan gebeuren en dat we vrijdags weer naar huis zouden gaan en zaterdag’s de hond weer zouden halen.

Het ging goed die week met hem, een aantal keer moesten we nog wat verduidelijken of aanvullen, maar hij had waarschijnlijk heel wat meer problemen gehad als we dit niet zichtbaar hadden gemaakt.

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Version 1.5.1 is now online

Additions:

  • 91 Sclera symbols, translated to Dutch, English, German and French
  • A few buttons in the layout template editor to copy entered information like position and width of symbols to all other pictos in the template

Fixes:

  • Photo symbols in the network situation were not properly saved, they only worked on the system they were created and not on the other systems in the network. Resaving such sheet will fix this now.

The new version can be installed by selecting the menu item “Check for updates” in the “Help” menu.

I’ve also received over 700 new sclera symbols, i’m currently translating them to dutch and will send a update to the other translators…

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