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Creature House Expression 2
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Text strokes with a 30 point bitmap stroke. Strokes
over text can be adjusted as
easily as those on a path, including width, color, opacity, slant, joint
This text has not yet been converted to paths and is still fully editable.
Here the text is filled, and the fill has a solid transparency. The
stroke has a
gradient transparency based on the alpha channel imported with
the bitmap. Again, the text remains fully editable.
are organized in their own palette, which can display all existing strokes
or just list strokes by category (folder). Strokes can be defined and
added to the palette with a simple menu selection.
tools and features include:
Expression 2 supports a number of file formats for importing and exporting,
including the ability to export to Adobe Illustrator 8 format and EPS.
It can also output Flash (SWF) files. The Flash export is probably unique
in graphic design. I've certainly never seen anything like it. You don't
actually animate an object in a timeline as you would in Macromedia
Flash or Adobe LiveMotion (or any number of the other programs that
export SWF). Rather, animation is handled on an object by object basis.
The program allows you to pick an object and then set that object's
normal, over and click states from a series of pulldown menus.
settings dialog. All Flash animation settings
are made here, and no timeline is involved.
You can choose between
motion and color settings, cycle type, cycle time and duration of the
effect. There are no interactive features other than hyperlinks. Motion
effects include pulsate, horizontal pulsate, vertical pulsate, rock,
X vibrate, Y vibrate, rotate, enlarge and shrink. Color effects include
fade, blink, brighten and darken.
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