Monthly Archives: November 2008

Custom Merchandise is here!

We’ve just launched a great new feature on Bitstrips – now you can turn any shared comic or character into a high-resolution, high-quality, one-of-a-kind product!  We’re starting with custom clothes provided by Spreadshirt – try clicking the ‘merch’ button on any shared comic or character page, and you’ll discover their nifty shirt designer.  Choose your style, color, size, and even customize the layout of your shirt to create a unique gift – for yourself or for friends and family.  These shirts are very reasonably priced, great quality, and will be delivered to your door within a matter of days.

Of special note is the character shirt option – click the merch button on a character profile page, and you’ll be taken to a special builder, where you can pose your character and add a word balloon – outside the confines of the comic strip!  This makes for a great shirt design starring your favorite characters, or even your avatar!

And that’s just the beginning… very soon we’ll expand the service by including some great customizable products from Kodak – coffee mugs, coasters, playing cards and photo-prints.  The possibilities are endless… and just in time for the holidays!

Just think – you can save yourself the hassle of holiday shopping while supporting your favorite website by creating custom gifts for your whole family right here on Bitstrips!

More Keyboard Fun

My fellow Bitstrippers, we’ve pushed a new version of the builder out to both regular and beta users this morning – you’ll find the version number is BS 2008-11-13.

Along with several bugfixes, we’ve added a few new keyboard shortcuts:

L key: lock/unlock a character/prop/text bubble/+ keys: scale a comic asset up and down on its current level

We’re looking forward to seeing what the new levels of creativity the scaling controls unleash!

Left, Up, Down, Right: Bitstrips Shortcuts and You

My fellow Bitstrippers, you’ll find there’s a new beta-builder version this morning, BS 2008-11-11. We’ve included several bug fixes, as well as a new feature that has been requested for a long time – keyboard controls!

Here is a summary of the new arrow-key based controls:

Shift Key – Pressing the shift key, you can toggle ground-lock on your asset. Try it out – press shift while dragging a character or a prop and you’ll see it starts moving along the opposite axis it was moving on before.

For text bubbles, pressing shift while dragging them will keep the tail of the bubble in the same location while moving the words.

Arrow Keys – Assets can be nudged around by pressing the left, up, down and right arrow keys. There are also a few modifiers you can add:

Ctrl + arrow keys – nudge the item by a smaller amount, useful for fine-grained control

Shift + arrow keys – toggle ground-lock while nudging the item

Alt + arrow keys – rotate the item with the left and right arrow keys

Also in the beta – when saving and reloading a strip there should be no visual differences. In previous versions, it was possible for text-bubbles to slide right and left when editing a saved strip. Now, everything should be exactly as you left it. If you can find a situation where things are different, please make sure to submit a bug report.

If you ever encounter an issue with a beta builder, remember that you can go back to the regular non-beta builders at any time and continue bitstrippin’ without encountering the latest and greatest bugs.