News & updates
Version 0.9.8 introduces cloud publishing in Radi. The brand new See.io service supports all multimedia content types and offers one-click publishing, live data collection, and more. It's created by the same author as Radi.
This latest update improves performance with lots of layers, fixes bugs with video tracks and publishing, and improves the usability of keyframing. There is also a new timeline look that shows the opacity of a layer directly on the timeline. This makes it much easier to see where your layers are faded in and out, especially if you have lots of layers.
Here's an upgrade that I'm quite happy about! Radi 0.9.6 adds some of the most requested features of all time:
Audio support. There's a new Audio element type for HTML5-compatible sound, and you can also change the soundtrack of a video element. So far this is pretty much the minimum level of support: sound can be played and trimmed, but Radi doesn't yet support mixing of multiple sounds within one element. (You can of course create multiple Audio elements in order to play multiple sounds at the same time.) In the future I hope to support mixing and volume keyframes.
Gradient fills for shapes, and SVG import for bringing editable vector graphics from other apps. (This should work much better than my previous attempt at an EPS importer.)
There are also fixes to script editing, new placement options (including "scale to fill browser window"), selection fixes, and new sharp UI graphics for Retina display Macs. Get the full details at: What's New in Radi v0.9.6. As usual, the updated app can be downloaded at the Download page.
This upgrade brings the modern OS X Lion document model, touchpad gestures for zoom & pan, and an experimental new default layout for document windows (but you can easily revert back to the previous look in the View menu).
There's also a major improvement in what you can do with Picture and Text layers, as their content can now change on the timeline using Content poses. This is the new name for what was previously Shape poses, and of course it still works for Shape layers as well.
Interface improvement time again! Version 0.9.4 changes keyframe button behavior to be more intuitive (I hope), adds frame numbers to timeline, improves the Asset Library, adds new menu items and toolbar buttons... There's also a new blending mode supported for layers within Canvas elements, and better previews in a Shape layer's Inspector view.
Radi 0.9.2 improves shape editing and color picking, revamps the Assets window, adds dynamic picture changing and more. Hopefully you'll also find this version to offer improved stability. Read more at What's New in Radi v0.9.2 and do the usual trip to the Download page to get the app.
Upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion? Then you absolutely should get this update. Version 0.9.1 is now signed with my Apple Developer ID, which should ensure that Radi is compatible with the default security settings on Mountain Lion. (If that's not the case on your Mac, please get in touch!)
Radi 0.9 with WebGL effects
This release introduces a cutting-edge feature that I'm quite happy about: realtime visual effects using WebGL, without writing any code! I've got some demos, so check it out: Radi + WebGL
I've also made some progress on the Learn HTML5 Multimedia with Radi guidebook. One of these days, I'll get this written...
I've also made some progress with the Radi guidebook, Learn HTML5 Multimedia With Radi. The chapter on the user interface is now about 30% complete. It's going to be a while before the whole book is done...! But it doesn't necessarily have to be written in order, so if you have any requests about what topics you'd like to see covered next, please have a look at the table of contents in the link above and email me your request.
It's been a while since the last version. I've been steadily working on Radi on the side of other projects, and finally I've got an update wrapped up.
Although this version is just 0.8.1, there's quite a lot of improvements. No major new features this time — this update is all about fixing bugs and workflow annoyances.
In particular, I've tried to streamline the editing of vector shapes and to make the timeline easier to read and use. There are new faster selection modes, an Auto-pose feature for rapidly creating shape poses (i.e. frame-by-frame animation), and more.
Quite a few bugs were fixed too. A big Thank You to everyone who has written to me with bug reports and other feedback! Hopefully you'll find this latest version to be moving in the right direction. Have a look at the complete list of improvements: What's New in Radi v0.8.1. And of course install the update: Download
Radi 0.8 and updated site
I'm happy to offer another update to Radi. The new version has a bunch of major new features:
- Shape poses — frame-by-frame editing
- Brush tool — draw freehand brush strokes with pressure variance
- Markdown Editor with integrated style editing — text blocks can now be written in easy Markdown syntax.
The Radi website's front page has also been updated. I've added new screenshots and more info about how Radi compares to other HTML5 editing apps.
Radi 0.7.1 does patterns and script parameters
Here's an update with a big new feature that I'm very happy about: Radi finally supports patterns. You can now apply textures and gradients to animated shapes, and these fill patterns should be correctly published to the web, whether you're targetting video or canvas animation.
There's a dozen example patterns included in this update, but you don't have to settle for those. Patterns in Radi are fully editable using the Conduit Editor. This is a really powerful feature, as Conduit's node-based interface means virtually unlimited possibilities for modifying the pattern image. (I'm hoping to write something about patterns and layer effects in Radi soon.)
(Looks like I forgot to deliver the 0.7 release notes last time. Here they are, finally: What's New in Radi v0.7)
Radi 0.7, and a new animation tutorial
Radi 0.7 is here! Get it from the download page. It's got serious improvements in keyframing, layer parenting, clipping, and a very slight UI update to better match OS X Lion... Unfortunately I'm too short on time right now to write up the complete list of changes, but I'll do that after the weekend.
Don't despair, I have something better for you than an ordinary change log! There is a new tutorial available: Creating Vector Animation in Radi. It shows off some of the new features in 0.7 as well.
Clipping and texting: Radi 0.6.3
The Radi 0.6.3 update is now available. This version makes clip layers functional within <canvas> elements. Previously this functionality only worked in video and image elements, but now it's available for realtime canvas-based shapes as well. (A clip layer is a simple but useful concept: it's a layer whose shape is used as the mask to the layer below. You could think of the clip layer as a stencil — only paint that falls within the stencil ends up on the canvas.)
Also included are improvements to text layers. You can now create multi-line text, and specify whether a text layer is dynamically rendered within a canvas element. This allows for easy realtime updates of text content.
By the way, I've done some experiments with porting Radi to Windows. It's very early, but I did manage to get something up and running — click here for a screenshot. Would you be interested in a Windows version? If so, please drop me a line; my email is pauli at lacquer dot fi...
The Mac is of course still my primary target, and I'm absolutely not going to cut any Mac-specific features just to make a cross-platform app. It just happens that most of the Radi rendering core was already ported to Windows as part of my previous projects, and I'd like to explore that path further if there's interest.
Fixing bugs: Radi 0.6.2
Another week, another update. Radi 0.6.2 focuses on fixing bugs. Video previews are improved, iOS video playback now works as it's supposed to, and audio publishing should now work with 24-bit audio tracks as well.
There was a significant piece of functionality missing in the last couple of versions -- the 'Video settings' controls that are supposed to be shown when you select a video element had gone missing (this was due to a stupid typing error on my part...) It's now back, so you can control the export quality and whether to include audio in the video files or not.
More keyframing improvements: Radi 0.6.1
Last week I promised I'd keep a better pace with updates, so here's Radi 0.6.1. I'm happy with this version because it delivers much improved keyframing that has been on my to-do list for a while. You can now control whether keyframes are automatically created, for one thing. Autosmoothing for keyframe curve points also now works properly, so you can make much smoother animations easily.
Something new, finally — Radi 0.6
At long last, I've finished another update! Version 0.6 adds enough new stuff that the version bump is warranted, in my opinion: keyframing improvements, anchor points for layers, improved publishing of embeddable HTML, a new help system... Check out the whole package, What's New in Radi v0.6, and get the update from the download page.
I've started a documentation wiki for Radi. There's not much there yet, I'm afraid... I've written a brand new tutorial on embedding Radi in web pages, so that's at least a start. I'm hoping to fill out the User's Guide in the coming weeks.
I'm hoping to reduce the delay between Radi updates. If you've got ideas for what should happen next, I'm all ears -- my email is pauli /at/ lacquer (dot) fi.
Radi 0.5.6 available
This version introduces element timing, so you can use the timeline more like a video editor.
What's New in Radi v0.5.6
As usual, get it from the download page.
Radi 0.5.5 available
Undo/redo is finally here! Also, the new WebM (VP8) video format by Google is now automatically supported:
What's New in Radi v0.5.5
Get it from the download page.
Radi 0.5.4 available
Another update to Radi is now available. This one focuses on timeline improvements. I'm experimenting with a new concept of timeline events that are integrated directly into the timeline, above the keyframes. Check it out:
What's New in Radi v0.5.4
Get it from the download page.
Do you like these changes? Let me know what you think.
Radi 0.5.3 available
Happy New Year 2011!
This update concentrated on improvements to publishing and the viewer UI. For example: you can now include audio in your published videos, and there are finally some keyboard shortcuts for editing layers. Whew. I'll be working on undo support next.
Radi 0.5.2 available
Probably the most interesting news here is some baby steps towards interactivity. Check out this new sample: Hokusai's horse, interactive version. The buttons on the right-hand side are image elements with 'click' event handlers attached to them. There is a new panel in the Inspector where you can set up event scripts. It even does some of the function setup for you.
To support this kind of interaction between elements, there's a new "scene root" object -- there's more about in in the change log.
Also included is fixes for correct iPhone/iPad video playback and some smaller fixes.
I'm aware of the severe need for keyboard shortcuts. I'm going to work on the layer UI for the next iteration, to fix some of those basic shortcomings and bugs which currently make the app less than pleasant to use. Thanks for your patience...!
Radi 0.5.1 available
First, thank you all for the great response to Radi! I'm humbled and encouraged by the positive feedback I've received about this project in two days, especially considering I used just one completely informal outlet to tell the world about the release. (Hacker News, you rock my world.)
I've now put together a first update to version 0.5.1. It includes some bug fixes and HTML publishing improvements. There's one sort-of-big new feature: you can now do some simple dynamic layout with your elements on the web page. The layout is applied when the user resizes the browser window, so you can use this feature to easily create e.g. centered elements, or elements that are fixed to the bottom border of the browser window.
To install the update, go to the download page, redownload the app, and copy the new version over the old one.
I'm aware that it's not easy to start learning this app without any documentation. I'm hoping to write some tutorials soon. If you have any suggestions about topics or specific workflows you'd like to see adressed, please don't hesitate to get in touch. (You can find my email address by clicking "Contact" in the menu on the left.)
There is also now an email newsletter for Radi happenings. If you'd like to be informed ASAP when a new version or some related content becomes available, why not sign up for the newsletter?
Here's the complete change log for Radi 0.5.1:
- There is now an "Automatic Layout" setting for all elements. This allows for choosing how the published element is positioned in the user's browser when the browser window is resized. For example, you could use this setting to center an element on the web page, or to align an element to a fixed offset position from the bottom-right-hand corner of the page.
- Fixed bug where text in an HTML block would overflow outside the layer's bounds when the layer was dragged from the origin. (Thanks to Joey Baker for the report.)
- Image elements are now exported at an image size that's tightly cropped to the elements' contents.
- The document background color is now correctly published to HTML.
- Layer transforms are now correctly published within a canvas element.
- Text layers are now published within a canvas element. The text is rendered in the user's browser using the Canvas API's text engine, which can only access fonts available on the user's system. Hence it's a good idea to stick to "web-safe" fonts that your users are likely to have installed. (I'd like to add a setting at some point to make it possible to export the text layer as an image instead of rendering it as a live text element.)
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