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Author Topic: NANY 2011 Release: Color Warlock  (Read 33127 times)
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« on: December 12, 2010, 05:56:02 PM »

    NANY 2011 Release Information

    Application Name Color Warlock
    Version 2.1.0 build 1
    Short Description Easy to use color chart tool with built in color charts and also you can build custom charts and use.
    Supported OSes Tested on Windows XP and Windows 7 64 bit. Not tested on VISTA or versions of windows below Windows XP. (So let me know please.)
    Web Page http://carrolld.dcmembers.com/colorwarlock/
    Download Link Color Warlock - (from carrolld.dcmembers.com)
    System Requirements
    • System with .NET Framework (I would assume .NET 2.0+.) I created it with VS 2005 Standard in C#.
    • A Pointing Device such as a mouse...
    Version History
    Author hamradio


    Description
    This application will allow you to use color charts in a Color Warlock format that can be loaded into the program and used to copy html hex color codes and other color types to use when coding. You can then share the palettes with your friends or online to anyone. You can use the built in Chart Builder to make the color chart files or by editing the ccf files in a text editor. We recommend the built-in chart builder for easy color entry.

    Features
    Create your own charts...
    Copy HTML Hex Color Codes for using in your html documents or graphic utilities that accept html hex color codes...

    Screenshots

    The window displayed without the html hex colors shown.


    The window displayed with the html hex colors shown.


    Notice the chart menu. The custom menu is built by the files in the custom folder at the time of running the application.


    The chart information window. (Basically a window for about the color charts.) ***New design in 1.5.0 build 10***


    Notice how the program is flexible with size to a certain degree.


    The Chart Builder


    The chart previews... ***New in 1.5.0 build 1***


    The custom chart sub-menu groups created automatically by the first letter of the name of the chart. ***New in 1.5.0 build 1***


    Usage

    Installation
    Extract to an application folder of its own keeping the zips folder structure.

    Using the Application
    Find a color click to copy to clipboard for easy pasting in another application that supports html hex colors and/or into your html documents.

    Note: USE/MISUSE AT YOUR OWN RISK! NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND!

    Uninstallation
    Just delete the application folder.

    Known Issues
    Currently do not know of any.[/list]
    « Last Edit: February 11, 2013, 12:18:05 PM by hamradio; Reason: Program Update » Logged

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    « Reply #1 on: December 12, 2010, 06:34:09 PM »

     Grin This has got to get a prize for the biggest Tease this year???
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    « Reply #2 on: December 13, 2010, 08:39:41 PM »

    Updated Information...Initial Download coming soon... cheesy
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    « Reply #3 on: December 13, 2010, 08:45:55 PM »

    I demand the biggest tease award back. Mine is, as of yet, still very secretive. Wink

    On-topic: Looks like a nice app. There's tons of colourpickers out there, but everyone has a tiny bit different usecase so the variation is quite welcome imo. smiley
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    « Reply #4 on: December 13, 2010, 09:00:56 PM »

    Initial Download is up...see first post for download link.  cheesy
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    « Reply #5 on: December 13, 2010, 09:07:14 PM »

    i think what's nice about this one is how you can create your own color sets.
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    « Reply #6 on: December 14, 2010, 09:06:42 PM »

    Updated screenshots and new download...so please see first post for download.

    Please let me know your input on the program. smiley
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    « Reply #7 on: December 14, 2010, 09:14:22 PM »



    "Hey, nice #9F8170"
    "Thanks, I just had it stuffed'  embarassed
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    « Reply #8 on: December 15, 2010, 07:31:14 AM »

    @hamradio
    Could you add support for other colour palettes?

    Some info:
    http://www.selapa.net/swa...es/colors/fileformats.php

    Or maybe you could provide plugins mechanism to provide swatches handling by my own (import/export)?



    Would it be possible to add desktop picker?
    I.e. http://www.codeproject.co...scctrl/CSColorPicker.aspx



    What about custom colour chooser dialog?
    I.e. http://www.codeproject.co...ctrl/ZetaColorEditor.aspx

    P.S. It would be nice to mention which .NET version is required (in applications description).
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    « Reply #9 on: December 15, 2010, 08:44:20 PM »

    Way further down the road maybe for the file formats as this is a pretty specialized program to output like it is now.

    As for that Zeta Color Editor the only one mine does not have is the first tab (Custom) which is a full color selector dialog.  You can do the web (Non System Colors in mine), system (System Colors in mine), (Note: You can also show both at once if you pick All Known Colors.) as those are built into Color Warlock also. As far as schemes you can create your own Color Wizard palette file (.ccf) to use. Color Warlock just dont have the custom tab of the Zeta Color Editor. As for the desktop picker that may be next in line but only to copy a custom value not in the palette to clipboard.

    smiley
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    « Reply #10 on: December 16, 2010, 02:59:30 AM »

    @hamradio
    I know I can create CCF file but is it easy enough? I did not tested your app too long but I couldn't find a way to colours edit other than creating file in Notepad. It is not nice & easy.

    With current state I need to get colours values from somewhere to write them down in such file. The best way would be to use some desktop picker or... other application with palettes handling.

    I am not saying to copy Zeta but to provide some clickable editing solution.
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    « Reply #11 on: December 16, 2010, 07:32:04 AM »

    Nicely done, ham.   smiley
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    « Reply #12 on: December 16, 2010, 07:35:20 AM »

    Some advanced future feature request ideas to consider:

    1. ability to select colors and say: "Add to custom chart.."
    2. ability to PRINT a color chart.
    3. ability to color pick a color from screen and show the closest NAMED colors in the known charts.
    4. ability to filter/search for colors by name or hex in known charts.
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    « Reply #13 on: December 18, 2010, 10:19:18 PM »

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    LOL!!  And a fitting tribute to the late actor who spoke those words... smiley
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    « Reply #14 on: December 19, 2010, 09:59:55 AM »

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    LOL!!  And a fitting tribute to the late actor who spoke those words... smiley

    Ah ha! I knew you guys would pick up on that  Thmbsup

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    « Reply #15 on: December 26, 2010, 04:45:36 PM »

    I've been busy with Christmas and such and haven't had much time to play with it much more, but I will be adding a editor to it at some point for the ccf files and a few other things possibly.
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    « Reply #16 on: December 30, 2010, 12:12:28 AM »

    Heres a current look at the chart builder at this time... cheesy

    [See first post for latest image now.]
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    « Reply #17 on: December 30, 2010, 02:06:51 AM »

    @hamradio
    Any progress about palettes import feature? Maybe you could make it pluginable?

    If not, here's nice (and very simple) idea which should work for GIF files import:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com...rawing.image.palette.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com...imaging.colorpalette.aspx
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    « Reply #18 on: December 30, 2010, 02:04:17 PM »

    chart builder -- nice !!
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    « Reply #19 on: December 31, 2010, 07:17:13 PM »

    Just updated with chart builder and mini help file. This is probably the last version before US New Year, so Happy New Year. smiley

    @hamradio
    Any progress about palettes import feature? Maybe you could make it pluginable?

    If not, here's nice (and very simple) idea which should work for GIF files import:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com...rawing.image.palette.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com...imaging.colorpalette.aspx

    Not as of version 1.0.0 builder 250. Possibly later feature of the chart builder though.
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    « Reply #20 on: January 02, 2011, 05:05:14 PM »

    Updated with some more chart builder interface options and such. Thmbsup
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    « Reply #21 on: January 02, 2011, 08:08:32 PM »

    The custom chart builder is very fun to use.  thumbs up
    Suggestion: After saving a chart, it should refresh the Custom Charts menu so that it shows up in the list if you save it in the custom charts directory.
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    « Reply #22 on: January 03, 2011, 11:59:02 AM »

    The custom chart builder is very fun to use.  thumbs up
    Suggestion: After saving a chart, it should refresh the Custom Charts menu so that it shows up in the list if you save it in the custom charts directory.

    Your suggestion has been fixed and should be in build 264.


    In other news...I fixed a couple other small bugs, one that mouser found.

    smiley
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    « Reply #23 on: January 03, 2011, 07:09:52 PM »

    @hamradio
    Could you write CCF specification down?

    I am trying to convert Inkscape/GIMP palettes using small converter I wrote but I encounter many strange errors.

    Please take a look on attached ZIP:
    - Bears.ccf - "FileOpenColorChartFromMenuItem Load Error!"
    - Grays.ccf - works perfectly well
    - svg.ccf - access violation on mouse hover:


    * custom.zip (3.22 KB - downloaded 293 times.)
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    « Reply #24 on: January 03, 2011, 09:17:19 PM »

    @hamradio
    Could you write CCF specification down?

    I am trying to convert Inkscape/GIMP palettes using small converter I wrote but I encounter many strange errors.

    Please take a look on attached ZIP:
    - Bears.ccf - "FileOpenColorChartFromMenuItem Load Error!"
    - Grays.ccf - works perfectly well
    - svg.ccf - access violation on mouse hover:


    Ok I think I got em working it was a few bugs on my end let me know if they work for you now. Thanks for spotting em.
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