Just a little bit, three weeks or so... Here's the Winterdim cover--complete with leafy QR code. Click the pic for the full view. I think there are some minor tweaks to be made, but it's pretty much there. The book will be out mid-November in trade paper and wherever ebooks are sold. More book stuff here: http://www.SaltwaterWitch.com
Hoping to submit an update to Apple this weekend. I'm working on Version 3 of the Seaborn Books and Art iPhone app, which includes bug fixes, enhancements, and an entirely new feature called "Ocean View", a set of artistic image filters that will give any photo or illustration an underwater look. Version 3 of the Seaborn app is going live with five Ocean View filters: Shallows, Biologic, Beams, Rust, and The Tide.
Shallows attempts to recreate that shallow-water experience of bands and rings of light.
Biologic is a tinting and blending filter that allows you to merge your photos with some of the built-in underwater images of marine flora and fauna.
Beams overlays some vertical bands of light with some contrast and tint adjustments.
Rust…never sleeps. This will significantly alter the copy of the image you run through it. (See the examples in the workflow below).
The Tide takes a few passes to overlay a rising tide halfway across an image.
With this release the blending, alpha, color, and other values are set for each filter and can't be adjusted, but I'm already working on the next version, which will add new filters and allow greater flexibility with each--sliders for parameter values and the ability to add custom image overlays. In version 3 the filters employ a bit of randomness with each pass, producing different results almost every time.
Version 3 will also have built-in sharing features that allow you to post your Ocean View creations--with comments--onTwitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and other social platforms. You can also email copies of your images and save to the camera roll or photo albums on your iPhone.
Here's my workflow diagram--click to view full-sized:
The Seaborn app for the iPad has been available for a while, and I'm working on a new version. Apple just notified me that the iPhone version is now available!
Here are the links:
Help me spread the word! Here's the HTML for the iPhone app:
Here's the HTML for the iPad app:
Here's the main menu for the Seaborn iPhone app:
Alice and I went up to the AT&T store in Newington yesterday morning, and walked out with a pair of iPhone 4s's. There was a bit of a line, but they had things flowing smoothly. You know I'd swear they've done this before...
This is my third iPhone. Pretty soon I'll have enough boxes to build a fort.
I was doing some book research, using satellite images and came across this. Really sad. You know how you look at an old building and think that there are stories in the walls--that if you could walk around that building through history you'd probably hear some amazing stuff. Same here. I look at these ships and wonder what ports they called, what they carried, what storms they survived, who sailed them.
Sigh...I remember my first Cephalopod Awareness Day like it was yesterday... Actually it was only a few years ago--2007. I think I heard about it first on Pharyngula.