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Vectoraster 8

Create custom vector halftones and animated raster effects
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Patternodes 2

Create vector graphic patterns, animations and complex repetitions
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SketchFighter 4000 Alpha Icon

SketchFighter 4000 Alpha

Shooter metroidvania with a unique style
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Dice Bag

3D dice with nice graphics and lots of customization
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DotPass

Pretty secure passwords with patterns
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2020-09-15

Patternodes 2.3.5 update

Another update of the vector pattern and animation app Patternodes 2 has been released. This time with some usability improvements to make it easier to work with nodes and connections, some preview bug fixes and preparations for future updates.

Patternodes 2.3.5 changes
  • Value field hover controls are now hidden while dragging connections.
  • Added new Nodes menu item to toggle node grid snap on/off.
  • Added new Display menu item to toggle selected node element outlines on/off.
  • Fixes some pixel gap issues with the finder Quick Look previews of repeating pattern .pnds files.
  • Fixes incorrect pivot location of elements after offsetting content inside of clipped element groups.
  • Added deprecation warnings to the artboard node mirroring settings that will be removed in a future update. Please use the Repeat Mirror node instead.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-09-09

Patternodes 2.3.4 update

A new update of the vector pattern and animation app Patternodes 2 has been released. This time with some improvements making it easier to work with clipped elements, some value field improvements and some bug fixes.

Patternodes 2.3.4 changes
  • New 'Inside clipping' transform mode for Transform and Randomize nodes makes it easy to transform the content elements with a clipping mask.
  • Pressing Esc while editing value fields now reverts their value.
  • Improvements to parsing math expressions in value fields.
  • Fixed a crash when adding an unconnected Make seamless node.
  • Some under the hood improvements to the node reference help window.

Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-09-01

Vectoraster 8 released!



A new major update of the macOS graphics application Vectoraster has now been released. Vectoraster is a tool for creating custom vector and halftones and raster patterns based on images or gradients. Vectoraster 8 adds new dimension with keyframe animation support, letting you animate all raster parameters and source layers.

Vectoraster is built with designers in mind, giving you detailed control over the raster pattern, point shapes and how the points vary, all while giving you a real-time view of the result as you change parameters. When you're done you just copy or export the result as vector graphics or a pixel image, or animations to video file or image file sequence.

Main new features in Vectoraster 8

  • Animation support. Animate raster parameters and export the result to video or a sequence of frame files.
  • New source layers model. Sources are now more like layers in other graphics software and can be moved, scaled and rotated individually and blended together.
  • Improved preview drag editing. Edit source layers, gradients, distortions or raster pattern parameters by dragging graphical handles in the preview.
  • Advanced noise sources. New dynamic noise layers generating perlin or billowing noise you can then apply to any parameter across the raster.
  • Secondary point transformations. You can now apply two separate dynamic scaling or rotations to raster points, for example adding randomization to a source-based value.
  • Apply file raster settings. You can now quickly apply all raster settings from a different VRaster file, while retaining the sources in the current file.
  • Dark Mode interface support. Interface now adapts to system interface mode, and lets you switch between dark mode and light mode.

For the full change log with all changes and improvements, check out the
Vectoraster 8 version history.


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2020-08-27

Patternodes 2.3.3 update

A new maintenance update of the pattern creation and animation app Patternodes 2 has been released. This new version doesn't bring any big new features, but several smaller improvements and fixes.

Patternodes 2.3.3 changes
  • Improved quality for exported h264 compressed video files.
  • Some minor macOS 11 compatibility changes.
  • Added a setting controlling if a new document should be opened at startup.
  • Fixed some issues with exporting to filenames with spaces in them.
  • Fixed Little Snitch internet access policy so it now properly describes the purpose of update and license check connections.
  • Fixed incorrect error message when entering incorrect license details.
  • Improved technical info and error logs for support and bug reports.
  • Updated Sparkle updating framework.

You can find the full change log in the version history. Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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2020-08-24

Vectoraster 7.4.10 update

A new version of Vectoraster 7 has been released. This 7.4.10 update doesn't contain any new features but should hopefully ensure compatibility with the upcoming macOS 11, along with some other small bug fixes.


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2020-07-21

SketchFighter 4000 Alpha v1.2.2 and 1.2.3 patches

Another patch update is now making its way to the app store for SketchFighter 4000 Alpha.

You can now use the fire key like enter to dismiss most dialogues and quickly save at save stations, some extra hints have been added to help new players find their way in the early parts of the volcano and the sound playing code has been optimized for better performance.

The 1.2.3 update was released the next day, fixing a problem with the super beam in 1.2.2. Can't have problems with the super beam, now can we.


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2020-07-14

Vectoraster 7.4.9 update

Another update to Vectoraster 7 has been released. This update adds some improvements in terms of improves support for dragging and dropping image clippings from other applications to use as sources, and fixes some isses related to saving and loading VRaster files with a large number of points in the rasters and a bug withc zooming out too far with track pad zoom gestures.

In addition to this there are also some under the hood improvements to technical logging and error messages in case of various problems.


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Tags Dotpass
2020-07-06

DotPass passwords for iOS and macOS v1.5.0

A new update of the password app DotPass for iOS and macOS has been released today. The new version brings a couple of changes and a new auto-copy feature. But most of all it's a maintenance update, bringing the app up to date with new macOS and iOS versions to ensure it keeps on working as it should in the future.

Version 1.5.0 changes

  • New auto-copy password option.
  • Interface adapted to new iOS/macOS dark/light mode and new controls.
  • Pattern ghost-writing can now be toggled on/off when drawing the pattern.
  • The password length toggle is now always shown.

DotPass is not a pasword manager in the traditional sense, as it doesn't store or send your passwords or account details anywhere. Instead DotPass gives you a way to get unique good passwords for all your different accounts using combinations of words you can remember and a graphics pattern that serves as your secret key. In short, passwords you can get back if you need them again, without anything stored that can be lost or stolen.


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2020-07-02

Vectoraster 8 in beta testing

The next generation of Vectoraster, Vectoraster 8, is now in beta testing. There is no set release date yet, but most major features are now implemented and the plan is to test and improve the new version during the summer for release sometime after that. You can check it out below and sign up for a release notification or if you want to help out beta testing.

Some of the main planned new features in Vectoraster 8:

  • Animation support. Animate raster parameters and export the result to video.
  • New source layers model. Sources are now more like layers in other graphics software and can be moved, scaled and rotated individually and blended together.
  • Improved preview drag editing. Edit source layers, gradients, distortions or raster pattern parameters by dragging graphical handles in the preview.
  • Advanced noise sources. New dynamic noise layers generating perlin or billowing noise you can then apply to any parameter across the raster.
  • Secondary point transformations. You can now apply two separate dynamic scaling or rotations to raster points, for example adding randomization to a source-based value.
  • Dark Mode interface support. Interface now adapts to system interface mode, and lets you switch between dark mode and light mode.

Vectoraster 8 will require macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) to run.


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2020-06-27

Patternodes animation tutorial at Generative Hut

If you're interested in Patternodes and want to get started with some basics there's now a tutorial with an introduction to animation in Patternodes over at Generative Hut. Just click below!


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Tags Website
2020-06-21

Product pages updated with news feed

Another round of improvements to the website have now been deployed. This time focused on the app product pages, which now have embedded news feeds filtered by tag. So now you can easily see recent updates to a particular product, right on the page for the product.



2020-06-18

Patternodes 2.3.2 update

A new version of the pattern creation and animation app Patternodes 2 has been released. This new update add support for encoding exported videos in h.264 codec for improved compression, and all export settings are now saved per file. The update also fixes a couple of interface bugs and layout issues in the built in node reference.

You can find the full change log in the version history. Download the new version and try it out today, or update in the app.


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Tags Website
2020-06-11

Website and license system downtime

For a couple of hours today June 11 there were problems at our server causing the lostminds.com website and our license system to be unreachable. In other words you couldn't access the website, download or update your software or unlock newly purchased installations. In some cases it might also have reverted old installations to demo mode if they hadn't been used for a long time.

The problem has now been resolved, and all systems are up and running. We're sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you.



2020-06-08

SketchFighter 4000 Alpha v1.2.1 patch

There's now a small patch update making its way to the appstore for SketchFighter 4000 Alpha based on the reports and feedback from players of the initial release.

In short it fixes some small bugs and makes some of the first challenges in the game a little more forgiving, which will hopefully mean more players will have a fun time and get into the game.

Changes and fixes
  • Reduced health of the first Wasteland boss.
  • Added mini map location marker for the optional Race track area.
  • Reduced volcano lava particles on the way to the first volcano gate switch.
  • Fixed some minor issues with the mini map in the Ice Caves area.
  • Added a menu item to send feedback messages and bug reports.
  • Changed default setting for turning and acceleration sensitivity and added a note about this in the tutorial.
  • Fixed a problem with gathering system info for bug reports on 10.15.x

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2020-06-05

SketchFighter 4000 Alpha revival released!

The project to revive our old game SketchFighter 4000 Alpha is now completed!

The retro sketchbook style exploration metroidvania for macOS has now been released and is available on the App Store. Pilot your ship around a 2D graph paper world of interconnected zones. Fight bosses, upgrade your ship, find secrets and unlock new areas and challenges.

This revival edition features the full original single player adventure, adapted for modern macOS and wide screen monitors along with a bunch f little tweaks and improvements, click below to check it out!


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2020-06-01

Patternodes 2.3.1 update

A new version of the pattern creation and animation app Patternodes 2 has been released. It seems like the performance optimizations in Patternodes 2.3.0 caused a couple of bugs with the previews flickering or not updating correctly and the new update mainly focusses on fixing those problems.

Version 2.3.1 changes and improvements
  • Fixes flickering or lack of updates in the main preview in some situations.
  • Fixes a bug where the selection markers wouldn't update properly after deleting multiple nodes.
  • Fixes node previews not updating correctly when graphic input is removed or the node is disabled.
  • Node element caching is now always on instead of being a performance option.
  • Adds deprecation warnings shown when using some legacy node types, along with a new option to turn these warnings off.
  • Improvements to the Feedback dialogue technical info logs

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2020-05-11

Sketchfighter 4000 Alpha revival beta testing

The project to revive our old game SketchFighter 4000 Alpha has progressed nicely and is now in beta testing.

To find out more about the game or sign up for the beta, click below.


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2020-05-07

Vectoraster 7.4.8 update

A new update to Vectoraster 7 has been released. This update is very much a regular maintenance update with fixes to a number of smaller issues and adds a couple small of improvements.

  • Negative Point aspect values are now allowed.
  • Fixed a problem with loading files that use unavailable fonts.
  • Fixed a small precision problem in the diagonal spacing of alternating raster points with the same spacing option enabled.
  • Improved technical diagnostic information in the support/feedback dialogue.
  • Improved connection security and handling of network problems during license syncing.

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2020-04-30

Patternodes 2.3.0 update

A new version of Patternodes 2 has been released. This new updates adds some new features with new functionality related to animation and randomization nodes, but primarily it brings a lot of performance improvements and bug fixes. The update also fixes a couple of issues related to working on a retina mac and some problems importing legacy files from Patternodes 1.

Version 2.3.0 changes and improvements
  • Greatly improved performance especially for working with animations and files with many elements.
  • New Plateau Animated value function making it easier to make interesting animations where a value transitions between two constant levels.
  • New Randomize Deep Change option in Group Randomize and Randomize Color nodes for applying individual changes to all sub elements without needing to flatten the group first.
  • You can now rename Color nodes just like Value nodes.
  • New setting for default new document size.
  • New setting to include a set of default nodes or not in new documents.
  • Improvements to editing values of linked node parameters.
  • Connection context menu now shows total number of sub elements in multi-level groups.
Fixes
  • Fixes fullscreen preview being incorrectly scaled on retina screens.
  • Fixes a potential hang when importing some legacy Patternodes 1 files.
  • Fixes long delay when closing files with a lot of pattern elements.
  • Fixes importing legacy Patternodes 1 files Randomize and Randomize Color nodes.
  • Improved performance importing legacy Patternodes 1 files.
  • Fixes a bug where the bottom pattern preview view would be the wrong size after closing the separate preview panel.
  • Fixes a bug where drag offset markers wouldn't be properly updated when opening or closing the separate preview panel.
  • Fixes incorrect total update times in the render info panel.

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Tags Dicebag
2020-04-29

Dice Bag app updated with timestamps and split view support

The Dice Bag 3d dice rolling app has been updated to version 1.0.9, with a couple of changes to make it more useful for remote dice rolling in these times of self isolation:

  • Experimental iPad split-screen support. So you can run the app next to another app. (Works best if you launch Dice Bag first and then move it into the split screen mode)
  • New option to add a roll number and timestamp to the interface, if you want to share rolls during remote sessions and show you're not cheating.

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