(beta test December 2011)
- Redesign! - new skin design, stylish for adults and kids.
- Drag to pan! - no more scroll buttons. Just drag any part of the
background to move around the picture.
- Button changes - some minor button changes, to be less confusing.
Also added a Center button. Button collections slide out on a menu if the
screen is too short.
- New shortcuts - V flips vertically, H flips horizontally, on the
shape under the cursor.
- Save/Restore fixes - fixed some bugs where shapes moved from their
correct places when you restored a design from a saved file. Also, for a little
while, all triangles restored as red, regardless of how they'd been painted.
(beta test May 2009)
- Resize! - resizes, up to
full screen, or very small for social websites.
- Backgrounds! - Over 300 background textures to choose from,
plus the color tint overlay to customize each of them.
- Better email! - Email includes snapshot and edit-design link.
- Snapshots! - Save a picture file (png) of your design.
- New Keys! - New key shortcuts include:
See help topic Keys for details.
- Arrow fine adjust moves
- Zoom and center keys
- Faster! - Lots more shapes without slowing down.
These are some ideas for the future of PatternBlocks.
Please contact me with any
- Smartphones! - part of the latest redesign is to get ready to put
PatternBlocks on smartphones and tablets.
- Community! -
I hope to make a community version of PatternBlocks soon. Then we can
see each other's pictures,
and vote on them, etc. This site could have
other math and
art toys, too! All in a kid-safe environment, where everyone's a winner.
- Fancy shapes! - Paint with textures, 3-d effects, to make prettier shapes.
Set edge thickness, too.
- More shapes! - Add right triangle - pentagon-section - circle - line segment
geometries, in an Advanced mode. But never fear - classic 6-shape Pattern Blocks will always be
the default mode.
- Group edits! - Group shapes for move, copy, and rotate.
- Skins! - Choice of skins for the PatternBlocks border.
- Tangrams! - Tangram-type puzzles, with a target outline and
the pieces to fit into it.
I wrote the original Java ShapeGame for my daughter when she was in kindergarten, in 1998.
She's in high
school now! (2009) Playing with pattern blocks, and computer games, were just
about her favorite things back then.
- The first Flash rewrite (as PatternBlocks) was in 2004, but only went
public in 2007. It had fancier features than the original ShapeGame, including the ability
to email your creations to your friends, but lost the ability to resize the screen. Also,
Flash worked better with more web browsers than Java applets, by 2004.
latest versions, PatternBlocks3/4, are written in Flex3/Flex 4.5, and also run in the Flash player.
Aside from new features and
being resizeable, Flex provides a better programming foundation for new features.
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