Bitstrips for Schools wins Best in E-Learning @The Digi Awards!

We’re proud to announce that the Digi Awards (formerly known as the Canada New Media Awards) has named Bitstrips for Schools Best in E-Learning!

We’re excited and honoured to have received this prestigious award, and want to thank all the teachers and students out there for helping to make the site what it is!

Art update: We’re all a few pixels thinner

You might have noticed characters look a little different on Bitstrips today. We have released an update which makes your character’s outlines a few pixels thinner. We have also added over 30 new pieces of clothing for you to wear including…. dresses!

Q: Why make the outlines thinner?

It looks better! It might take you a few minutes but you will quickly adjust to it.

Q: Is there any way to keep using thick characters?

There is, but it will only be available for a limited time. It is only meant for users with long-standing series where the outline change would be disruptive to their style.

To edit an old comic with thick outlines, add &old_builder=1 to the URL when editing a comic. For example, add it to:

bitstrips.com/create/comic/?comic_id=JSM3P

to get:

bitstrips.com/create/comic/?comic_id=JSM3P&old_builder=1

Say goodbye to Summer with a new batch of props!

My fellow Bitstrippers – say goodbye to Summer with another massive batch of prop updates from our talented art team.

New props

  • ant
  • bagof_popcorn
  • beach_ball
  • beach_pail
  • beach_shovel
  • berry_bush
  • big_pretzel
  • birch_tree
  • bowl_of_rice
  • bowl_of_salad
  • bread_loaf
  • cactus
  • cane
  • carrots
  • caterpillar
  • cattail
  • ceiling_light
  • chicken_wings
  • corn_onthe_cob
  • cotton_candy
  • dandelions
  • duck_onwheels
  • fern
  • fire_bell
  • fire_extinguisher
  • fluorescent_bulb
  • fly
  • frisbee
  • fudgsicle
  • icecream_cone
  • icecream_conesoft
  • icecream_sandwich
  • juicebox
  • ketchup_bottle
  • kite
  • lazyboy_chair
  • lilly_pads
  • magnifying_glass
  • milk_carton
  • mosquito
  • omelette
  • paddle_ball
  • palm_tree
  • paper_plane
  • pepper_mill
  • piggy_bank
  • pillow
  • pizza
  • popsicle
  • potatoes
  • poutine
  • power_screwdriver
  • ragdoll
  • roast_turkey
  • rocking_horse
  • rose
  • saltpepper_shakers
  • shish_kabob
  • skateboard_long
  • skis
  • smartphone
  • snowboard
  • spaghetti
  • spatula
  • teddybear
  • thermal_flask
  • toy_dinosaur
  • toy_soldier
  • tulips
  • venus_flytrap
  • vines
  • watermelon
  • water_pistol
  • wave_form
  • wave_form02
  • willow
  • windup_robot
  • wooden_toytrain

And the following props props have new states:

  • basket_easter
  • bathtub
  • bunk_bed
  • dog_house
  • entertainment_center
  • garbage_can
  • hand_prop
  • hotdog
  • house_01
  • lawn_chair01
  • love_seat
  • shopping_cart
  • swing
  • SwingTire
  • toilet_paper
  • trashcan
  • ugly_couch
  • wastebasket

 

Unignore the ignored

We’ve just added an option for users to view their list of ignored users and to un-ignore them if they so chose. Log in and go to your account page, you will see a link to View ignored users. From there, you can then un-ignore anyone as you see fit.

Enjoy!

Is your Body getting you down? Hide it!

We’ve just released a handy new option in the comic builder. On one of your own characters, right click and select the Hide Body option.

Blammo! You’ve left your boring old body behind. It’s time to get out there and enjoy the heady heights of your bodiless state.

Avatar Swapping

This morning we released a way to make your comics more fun when remixed.

Start by right-clicking on a character and selecting the “Make Avatar Swapper” option.

This will cause the character to be replaced with the user’s avatar when they remix it.

Voilà!

Once a character is a “swapper”, you can turn it off by right-clicking them again and selecting “Disable Avatar Swapping”.

March Scene Update

Today we’ve added several new scenes to the Bitstrips scene library and updated the old scenes to have a consistent size and scaling.¬† Enjoy!