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News about the new SP-Studio!

It has been a while since my last detailed update about the SP-Studio remake development. The reason for this was that the situation became rough during the last couple of months and I wanted to wait until I knew for sure how the future looks like. Now I finally feel optimistic enough to tell you about the current situation and plans for the upcoming months:

What happened?

As you might remember back in 2018 I announced my plan to create a “non Flash remake” of the SP-Studio because Flash support will end on Deceber 31st 2020. Since I am no programmer I was lucky to get in contact with a professional Angular developer. A beta version was ready by the end of 2018. 2019 was not a very productive year regarding the development – for personal reasons like me moving houses. But there still was enough time left. Unfortunately since some months ago I have problems contacting him. If you are reading this: I hope everything is okay.

Since December was coming closer I decided to look for a second software developer to help with the coding, so I would be able to launch in time. But this turned out to be difficult. I also struggled with selecting the most fitting engine or framework, because there were some unsolved problems with the current approach and so many alternatives. On top of it I felt horribly because I was afraid to not be able to get this project finished. You donated money for it and I don’t want to let you down. And it would break my heart to loose the SP-Studio. So I continued my search and became really nervous… But last week I was contacted by a very talented and motivated software developer who offered me help. He was able to solve every problem super quickly and I feel reliefed now because of these steps forward. React is used now instead of Angular, but both are JavaScript web frameworks which support svg files. So the months I put into preparing the image files were not lost.

Thank you very much for your help, Lars!
You can visit his website here: https://lgk.io

What will happen next?

The goal still is to have the new SP-Studio launched around the end of this year, so the old Flash version can be replaced without long downtime. The Flash version will not be deleted though, so if you want to revisit it (and make Flash run on your computer) this will be possible. But let’s be realistic… Lars had to start from scratch and we only have three months left. The new SP-Studio most likely will lack some of the planned features when it launches. So perhaps the text tool or the option to rotate items won’t be working on launch day. But you will get the best version possible! And missing functions will be added later, so I hope you will be happy for what will be there instead of complaining what might be missing. ;) I promise we put a lot of work into this to make it happen, but both of us still have our main jobs to take care of.

The new SP-Studio is most important right now whenever I find time for it. So I will delay drawing new items for a while. Steampunk and work / business clothes will be the next updates, but I won’t promise a date for them yet. There is no picture contest this month. and I am not sure about the annual Christmas special. It is a beloved tradition but it is a lot of extra work for me during all of December. This year the new SP-Studio should be my main focus. But there is no need to be sad for the lack of updates during the next months, because there will be new items in the new SP-Studio! So you can look forward to this. In addition there will be exciting new features which I will not reveal yet – but soon… And of course you will find all old items in it as well.

Thank you very much for you patience and support!

I want you to know that none of it was in vain. Your donations help me to keep going and putting more time into this project – and your patience and kind words motivate me to not give up when there are problems. Let’s look forward to the new SP-Studio, because as far as I can tell it will be better than the old version! There will be more updates about the progress during the next couple of weeks and I will continue my livestreams as soon as I can show something. As always you can ask any questions in the comments or forum.

A look back – and next steps

Happy new year! I hope 2019 started great for you and will bring you a lot of joy.

In this blog post I want to tell you about my plans for this year and look back on the last one. 2018 has been very exciting! Back in January I announced my plans to replace the old SP-Studio with a “remake” that won’t rely on the dying Adobe Flash plugin anymore. To make this possible I had to ask for financial support. This step was neccessary to safe the future of this website and I am incredibly thankful for everybody who decided to donate. My minimum goal was reached and I even found help with the coding. During the following months Kai Wegner helped me to build the base of the new SP-Studio and I worked on the design, learned how to deal with the new coding and started to convert and improve the old items.

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SP-Studio Remake: Preparations

The SP-Studio remake is making progress, but unfortunately there is nothing new to show you yet. I mainly do things in the background which are very time consuming but boring to look at. So I thought about what I could show you in a blog post… and came up with this “little” text about how to convert an old SP-Studio item into a new one. Perhaps some of you are interested in “behind the scene” stuff like this.

I apologize in advance for boring you. :)

For every SP-Studio item I follow these steps…

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SP-Studio remake: First look!

SP-Studio remake betaTime to talk about the current state of the NEW SP-Studio! I did not do this earlier because I wanted to wait until the important parts actually work. I already noticed a decline in donations, because of course you want to SEE that I am working on something. So I am very happy to tell you: We have a beta version!

Before I go into more detail I want to thank Kai Wegner who is helping me with the development. Luckily for me he is an absolute pro when it comes to the things the SP-Studio needs, like doing magic with svg files. Kai is coding the base for the SP-Studio remake in Angular2 and helps me to understand as much as possible for being able to edit it by myself. Since I am no actual coder there was no way for me to manage this without help, because building it in Flash was completely different.

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F.A.Q. about the new SP-Studio

SP-Studio Patreon campaignIt 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. Continue reading

Update on SP-Studio’s future

The minimum goal has been reached!

The mimimum goal of 600$ is reached!

Because of the amazing support during the past couple of days I reached my minimum goal, which means I don’t have to shut down this website! This is an incredible relief for me. Thank you so much for your funding (48 people donated so far) and for spreading the word! Every single one of you made a difference and helped SP-Studio.de to survive. I was even contacted by coders with experience in projects like this. So the future looks way brighter now than when I started this campaign two weeks ago.

As displayed in the chart above reaching this “mimimum goal” means there will be a new SP-Studio, which will use HTML5 / JavaScript / SVG instead of Flash. With those 600 $ I can create a working version this year. But since this was only the minimum budget it would lack some of the current features. So while it’s not about life and death anymore donations still are important. With them I can work on the more complicated features, like the little buttons to rotate und move items, or the export function. Continue reading

Help SP-Studio.de to survive!

SP-Studio Patreon campaignHappy new year! First of all I want to thank my supporters very much for their PayPal and Patreon donations! You helped me in 2017 to continue with SP-Studio updates and provide the visitors of the site with new items to build their characters. 2018 will be something special though, because huge changes are unavoidable… And I have some sad news.

The death of Flash means the death of sp-studio.de.

Flash is dying. We all knew this day would come, but now we have a date. Adobe will stop supporting Flash in 2020 and Google, Microsoft, Apple and other major companies have already started to abandon it. Since the SP-Studio is coded in Flash it already works on less and less platforms, and soon it won’t work anymore on your computer as well. If I don’t change from Flash to HTML5 / JavaScript this website cannot survive the next two years. Continue reading