this was just a fun test that i did with the program. nothing special.
No, I think we're working on 512. That's what I meant in my latest post. Zoom in 2x and you'll get a perfectly crisp image, no interpolation. That's 512px, as the screen has 256 and you've zoomed in 2x.
So... what's the 1024 stuff you're talking about?
EDIT: Tried to mail it, it's actually 1024 pixels wide. w00t. That's speedpainting quality.
you have to get an official DS cartridge with WFC (wi-fi connection) capabilities. set it up so it connects to your router (with WEP or whatever encryption if you use any)
make sure you get the latest Colors! version (if you try to connect to WFC it will tell you to update your software)
press the lower right button (for wi fi)
it'll tell you that the Colors! gallery is still in progress. press the screen, then type in your email address.
what it sends to you will be a 1024*768 png.
see you in seattle, sparth . we should find out who else at the workshop has Colors! running on their DS, and we can all do alla prima stuff together.
here's an extract from the technical thread of colors:
i'm not expecting any big new features any time soon, but maybe in the next release that enlargement drawing can optionally be saved to the card instead of sent over wifi? i just got a 2gb card so i could hold a bunch of 1024x768 pngs.
Sorry. The DS doesn't have enough memory to paint in that resolution. It is only the .drw that is uploaded and the painting is redrawn on a bigger canvas by the server where I don't have to worry about memory. It has been suggested that I could take advantage of RAM cartridges on the DS but it would be a lot of work for a small segment of the users.
problem solved it seems
but if we don't have a WiFi network then we're assed-out huh? Man, I was hoping to just transfer the MicroSD card over to the comp and still have it look good. Maybe I'm just confused.
Ok, so, let me make sure I have this strait.
To get a higher resolution image, all I need is one of those Nintendo Wi-Fi USB sticks to plug into my computer?
See, this is were I'm confused? Do I need to buy that RSD4 cards? or this "offical" one?you have to get an official DS cartridge with WFC (wi-fi connection) capabilities. set it up so it connects to your router (with WEP or whatever encryption if you use any)
And, walk me through this, I just got to a finished spot on a sketch, and I think it looks so good that I want to print it out, and use it as refrence for a painting I want to do.
So, I connect my own DS, to my OWN compuder, and transfer the image over?
Or, do I somehow mail it to myself over the colors website...? that is were I am confused.
NO NO NO!
That WiFi thingy by Nintendo is not needed to transfer. The DS has WLAN/WiFi build in. All you need to do is connect the DS to your existing WLAN network (AFAIK this can only be done by inserting an original game cartridge of a WIFI game like Zelda or something, you'll know where to get one of those games). Now your DS is connected to your network, all you have to do is press the WiFi button in Colors! and then it will ask you to enter an email-adress. Mail it to yourself and you're done. If you don't have a WLAN-network... why should anybody on earth be without WLAN? Get a WLAN-router and say goodbye to all the cables, wires and cords...
EDIT: Of course you can just use the microSD and M3/R4 to transfer the pictures to the computer. The problem is that there's a .png in the Colors! folder on your card and the .drw file. The .png is 512 pixels, while with the .drw file and a compatible converter, you could make it any size you want. But there are none, so you have to use the email-function to get the 1024px wide image.
EDIT2: I'll update the main post with a tutorial on how to use the email-function.
W00t! ok, thanks Jabo!
I think I get it now.
Now, what about storeing images? Can I only work on one image at a time, or can I toggle between a few?
(the only reason I ask is because I have to jump through hurtles to get online. I don't have it in the house because its being remodled, and my wlan is down. Witch leads me to the local lib, but they don't have wifi, witch allows me to transfer my images via-internet allmost zip~zero unless I drive 50 miles.)
I will not perish! Colors! will be mine!
(reads the edit to the above post)
Ok, sounds absolutley great! I'm about to start hunting down a R4 card for myself.
Last edited by Vhan Juju; November 9th, 2007 at 01:14 PM.
haha, awesome. We all learn something everyday. I just got a call from my wife saying that my R4 arrived in the mail today. Now if I only I could leave work early.....
Anyone got a idea on some local stores I can find a M3, or R4 card at? ordering one online isn't really all that feaseable for myself right now.
I'm pretty sure you can download a standalone (well you'll need the java run-time) of the java app that is used on the colors web gallery to play back the .drw:s and scale/redraw your images in even higher res than 1024.
More accurate information should be available in the colors thread on gbadev.org: http://forum.gbadev.org/viewtopic.php?t=14182
Vhan Juju: I went to all the shops, none of them had an M3 or R4. These cartridges are usually used to copy games ilegaly, thus no shop sells them. Ordering online is the best way to get one.
bear: Yeah, I thought about that too. Don't think that more than 1024 is necessary tho, because you'll have to repaint it anyway or even resize it. For what the DS stylus is capable of, 1024 is the optimum.
Thanks for the info Jabo and others. This is by far the best portable drawing app I've ever used. Sparth is so right - there has never been anything like this for artists before. I remember trying out a pocket pc app years ago that was just terrible.
The programmers must be artists themselves because everything is perfect. They included almost everything digital painters use/need: easy interface, Painter style color wheel, eyedropper, hard and soft brushes. I can even start to paint outside the canvas border before bringing it in. Here are a couple of my doodles.
my R4 came in yesterday and BAM!, I kicked it up a notch. This program is great, just wish I had a WiFi network....
I'm sure that this has been covered and I'm too dim to catch it, but if you use the microSD card hooked to computer, upload to COLORS! gallery and then just right click "save as" it's 512. The reason that this is ground breaking to me is I thought that it would come out 256. I'm excited as 512 is really all I need.
I've known about Colors! for a while now but never really looked into it's capabilities and work that's been created with it. After checking out this thread and then checking out the official thread for the program, and seeing the work that's been done on it, I got super excited. I just bought a new Crimson/black DS lite the other day mainly so I can play around with Colors! Plus there's some games I've been wanting to check out (the new Zelda Phantom Hour Glass). I'm currently waiting for my R4 cards and 2gb micro sd to arrive in the mail. Can't wait!
retractable styluses are cool too ($2 on ebay), extend a little longer than the original one, slightly heavier, i filed the point thinner and more pointy with a nailfile to make it a little more accurate and nicer to use, beats strapping a wacom pen to it with an elastic band
Excellent. This is just the kind of thing I've been waiting for. Roll on next pay packet!
Thanks Jabbo & donkeyslayer.
HEY! didn't someone say that the red DSs had issues with running colors!?I just bought a new Crimson/black DS lite the other day mainly so I can play around with Colors!