- New Features
Liquib 2.6 includes a new feature called Mapping, which
transforms the display based upon functions of complex variables.
There's also a new Mosaic Tool, and two methods have been added to
the Plop Effect. Numerous other fixes and improvements.
Further details follow:
- Mapping => The new Mapping feature uses a Phase Plotting
technique to contort the current screen image according to the contours of complex
variable funtions. (A complex number is composed of both real and 'imaginary'
parts.) Click the button on Edit Tools (or type the
F12 key) to toggle Mapping on/off. Right-click
to access the Mapping Menu, which provides a selection of
Complex Variable Functions to choose from. As Tools and
Effects are applied, the mapped screen will continually change to show
their progression and evolution, often producing surprising, dimensional motions.
As with all Liquib actions, Mapping activity is captured with
can optionally be included with Automatic Effects. Use the Maps
tab of the Configuration
screen to control how often Mapping should be applied, and which Map
Functions are available for random selection.
- Mosaic Tool => The Mosaic Tool
analyses and interprets the currently
displayed scene to represent image elements as a 'mosaic' picture composed of
colored tiles. The Tile Shape specifies the maximum number vertices
for each tile. The choices are Triangular (3), Rectangular (4),
Hexagonal (6) or Octagonal (8). Tile Content can be set
to Averaged Colors to fill each tile with a single solid color based upon
the image colors within the tile, or Averaged Colors/Shadows to use a single
color mixed with a vague, shadowy impression of the source image, or Grayed
Image Colors to show the source image, muted by grayness.
Tile Size controls the relative size of each tile. Setting the
Tile Size to a fairly low value makes it easier for the Mosaic Tool
to approximate the source image elements. The Shape Regularity %
determines how close to the 'ideal' Shapes the tiles will appear.
For example, with Shape Regularity % set to 100% and a Hexagonal Tile
Shape, the tiles will actually look like six-sided hexagons. When set
to lower percentages, the Mosaic Tool will attempt to deform the
Tiles as needed to align with detected image edges. So generally,
low Tile Size and low Shape Regularity % values give the Mosaic
Tool the most flexibility with fitting tiles to match source image elements,
and will result in more accurate representations of the picture.
- Plop Effect => The Plop Effect,
which was introduced with Liquib 2.5,
roughly emulates the art of dropping or sprinkling paints onto a watery
surface. Two new Plop Methods have been added: Squirm
and Expel. A Squirm Plop is composed of amorphous colored
blobs, which seem to writhe and disperse and reassemble while the Plop
slowly spreads. Expel Plops appear to throb and burst forth as
they gradually expand outwards.
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