It has been one month since I told you about the bad sitution of my website and it’s time for another update. I received many questions, so this will be a F.A.Q. post about the future of the SP-Studio. Feel free to ask anything else in the comments!
1) In short: What’s the problem?
The SP-Studio is coded in Flash. But Flash is slowly dying, so the SP-Studio will not work anymore on your computer. To save it a new version is needed which does not rely on Flash. Though I can use my old drawings the whole coding needs to be redone in a way that’s save for the future. This project will be time consuming and expensive. In January I wrote this blog post to ask for your financial support to save the SP-Studio. Since I don’t charge you for anything this is the only way to pay for this. Donations are possible via PayPal or Patreon.
2) So… Will this website survive?
Yes, it will survive in some shape. As explained in a previous post because of the financial support of amazing SP-Studio fans the minimum goal has been reached, which makes it possible for me to continue. Thank you so much, you are the best! Just a small amount of my visitors donated yet, but that made their help even more important. During January the minimum goal of 600 $ was reached. So it is save that there will be a SP-Studio in the future. But if it can offer the same amount of features still depends on the support during the next couple of months. And with the current funding it will take very long to finish it. So sharing and donating still is very important. I hope some of those who have used my website for free during the past 15 years might still join in.
3) When will the SP-Studio remake be online?
It is a huge project and since I will have to work on my real job as well it is difficult to estimate a date yet. I hope for a release in late summer, but if it takes more time it will come later. Update: After understanding the amount of work that’s needed a release in late 2019 or even 2020 is more likely. But less donations mean it will take more time.
4) Can I have a look at it before it’s finished?
This is possible – as a thank you to those who help the SP-Studio to survive. My Patreon supporters get special rewards, depending on their monthly pledge. For example there are polls about the next content updates and they can even get a personal drawing. Since the feedback of the people who actually support me is the most important one, as a Patron you will see first what the SP-Studio remake will look like. For 2$ per month you can be part of this group and discuss the plans for the remake. If you sent me a PayPal donation instead and don’t want to miss out on this please write me a message and I will keep you informed via e-mail from now on.
5) What will change?
6) Will the website (beside the SP-Studio itself) stay the same?
Yes. The front page layout might change a bit, but that’s it. I want to put all of my time into the SP-Studio itself. The blog and forum will stay the same and the monthly picture contests will continue. Update: The forum software will change, because it is outdated. But this happans before the launch of the SP-Studio remake.
7) Will the old Flash version stay online?
Yes. No matter how the SP-Studio remake might look like, the old SP-Studio will stay as well and you can still use it as long as Flash runs on your computer. But as soon as the new version will be released there will be no more updates for the Flash version.
8) Will the South Park style stay in the new version?
9) Will the name SP-Studio stay?
Yes. I won’t change the domain/name, because it has been established for 15 years. And since 95% of my illustrations will stay the same the SP-Studio remake is not a completely different thing. Perhaps I will call the new version “SP-Studio 2” or something like that in the title, but I haven’t decided about it yet. Send me your ideas. :)
10) Will there be a mobile version?
11) Will there be more export options?
I hope so. Many of you asked for .png export and I will try to find out if this is possible.
12) Will there be more options to customize my picture?
My goal is to make it possible to select your own colors for more items and to include completly new features to give you more freedom in your creativity. But this depends on the technical possibilities, so like with the export options I cannot promise anything yet at this early state.
13) Will the SP-Studio remake be as easy to use as it is now?
Yes. In the survey this was the most important point for my visitors, so I will make sure the remake will be as easy to use as the current version. There are two groups of people who use the SP-Studio: Those who just want to build a character as quickly as possible and those who want to play with the single parts of the picture and customize it. I want to improve the usability and fun for both groups.
14) Can we have multiple body shapes now?
No, unfortunately it is the same situation as with the current version. Different shapes mean I’d have to draw all the clothes multiple times because I want them to look good and don’t just stretch them automatically. I won’t do this, because I prefer one version with many items instead of two versions with less items. It’s very inefficient to have different body shapes. The SP-Studio is mainly loved because it offers a huge amount of different items you can freely combine and I want to keep it this way. I am sure this is what’s best. People who suggest a second body shapes usually don’t realize this means half as many updates.
A German version of this blog post can be found here: Planearium.de