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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fixed Item Count

I knew this needed to be done but had to get the coding in order for tiles. Now the item count for tiles on the canvas is in and also the item count for seedbeads on a colored grid is in.

Getting closer to perfect! Be sure to update.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Way to Create Normal Grids

After developing the resizing box for shapes I thought that would be nice for grids as well. Before you had to type in a number and position and click the pencil icon in the shapes panel. Now just open the shapes panel and click the grid icon. Then click new grid. The resizing box will appear. Put it where you want and click the done button. I also fixed the grids so they will reload.

There are a few more things to check with the grids. But It'll have to wait till tomorrow. Time to catch some zzzzz...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Seed beads can be added and removed from grids

After making the tool for seedbeads to be dropped on an image I realized it had a few issues. Like putting double items over items that were already placed. So I created a system which increases speed and will not delete a bead if it has a misreference.

I also may have to change the way seedbead patterns are reloaded. Because an image can have several thousand beads. The program counted 18,000 in 1 image of a rose! To record the position in a file and reload is time consuming. I have an idea to fix it. But that will have to be put into the next version.

So if anyone has ideas on how to make this better now is the time to let me know. Just use the lady bug in the application. It'll send me a direct email.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

OOPS, now this is embarrasing!

Went to test my upload and noticed items were loading twice on the second time I placed an item! So I fixed it and uploaded again. It was a simple += in the wrong place! I'll test it again tonight. After some R n R.

Gosh! Has it been 7 days!

I've been so busy coding I did not even notice what day it was!
Sooo, most of my time was spent fixing an overload issue which caused the browser to flash. I could not sleep well until the problem was solved! Hope nobody else found it but me! I redid most my loading code which only took me 12 hours a day, for 3 days to rewrite! LOL The good part is I got on the scales to day and it said I lost 10 lbs. I guess I forgot to eat!

I could not even relax for Christmas until it was fixed!

Also I did find a loading problem with images on the web server. It only affected projects viewed from the web browser. And was a simple path misreference.

So I think I'm all coded out for the day. I'll pretend like it's Christmas now and celebrate with relaxing!

Merry Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

OK, The group problem is fixed

Well, I think this is it for now. Unless I get really bored on Christmas.
I'm going to stop for a couple days. Unless I find another fix.
I'm still waiting for paypal. Guess it's not going to be before Christmas :(
But that's ok. There have been some major things to fix before we press on.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas!

Fixed Group Selecting and Clip with Cookie Cut Shapes!

This was quite a bit of work! However I did break my grouping tool while fixing the Cookie Cutter tool :(. I have that fixed today!

The cookie cutter should function very well. Even in tiles, and with the plotter. I haven't tried inner tiles yet above 1 level. I checked file saving with it and file opening.

I have not checked using a tile to cut another tile. So if you make a quilt block and then try to cut it with another tile shape as the cutter I don't know the outcome.
But I need to get that group tool working again before I check that.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bunch of little fixes this morning!

1. The guideline calculations for translating across lines was fixed. It was off if the scale was changed.
2. Transparent pixels were coming in black. Fixed that in the Image Grids. Now only color blocks will be clickable. I should make it possible to make inverse patterns.
That would be an interesting feature. Not sure how many people would use it.
3. The bounding box for masked items brought back from the canvas was not showing position correctly. That was fixed.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Uploaded new download files

I put so many updates in it was time to update the download.
The front page with the carousel is being worked on so be looking for changes in the coming week. I fixed the carousel from doubling speed on reload.

I worked on the server side database for receiving in coupons. The coupons panel has it's beginnings. In the future I plan on making it possible for the users to create coupons.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Got a coupon button on the subscription page

We now have a button so one can purchase access for another user. It's a coupon system. Anyone can get from 3 months to a 1 year access. No monthly payments! Just pay for the coupon and click the email icon. There will be a coupon field there tomorrow. Simple as that. It took alot of prep today just for that simple little button.

That's it for today. Enjoy!

Subscription or Gift (click here)

Added resizing for shapes or images

Now the images and shapes can be resized by holding the tab key and clicking the item. The resizer box appears. Just drag the handles. It will keep the ratio of width and height for images. Shapes that are not required to have the same sides will not hold the original ratio of width to height.

I also fixed a few errors. Search panel position and visibility. And fixed the label for the first time users. That caused a small issue in the listbox showing wrong data.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Better Search for Colored Grids

Making the colored grids was definitley not an easy task. When I was done I knew it was too slow. After some thought on ways to make it faster I decided to tackle it one more time. Now the grid takes an image and crops it into smaller blocks. Each of these blocks becomes a search area. So when items are dropped on the board or deleted from a colored grid it's 10 times faster. And coloring the image is also faster.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Had to redo the image grids today. The load time was too long. So decided to chop the pictures up to increase search times. It should be up by tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Shared files

I just posted a new shared file at

I wanted to put a few more shared files in so the panel will always show an image.
While I was loading text I found and fixed another text loading issue.
I also found and fixed a scaling issue for loading images.

Also now the files loaded from shared images will center on the screen after loading.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Shared files reformat complete

If you click on the swan below on the right it will load into the board.
For a couple weeks the format for shared files has been undergoing a change. Now to make that panel a little more user friendly. Be expecting to see a change in the shared files. I think I will change how the panel is accessed. Now it is not too obvious to find. Mainly because the system was incomplete. I may make it a drop down from the file menu.

All in a days work! Good Night!

Ok, fixed the undo and redo button

I'll keep adding functionality to it. Tomorrow I will try to have it putting back deleted items. Now that the sequence is in it should just be a matter of cause and effect.

I will try to get the shared files working today. I had to reformat the data to allow for quicker searching for users posts. Then I'll try to add files in various places for viewing. I already have the front carousel working with items, links, and loading files. I just need to get the server side reading correctly.

Hope everyone is having a great christmas season.

Well Holy Moly!

I couldn't sleep last night. So I decided we needed the view all button too. I got that up there and went to bed. When I woke up the undo button didn't function properly. I'm not quite sure how that happened. But will be fixing it this morning. Sorry guys!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Undo button is in

Just finished putting the undo button in there. I have to go through it more carefully tomorrow. It does not undo adding items or deleting items yet. Nor does it change grouping actions. It only records changes in position. It takes much more time to record all types of undo and redo actions. Because of time constraints I will save it for the next version. No sense in writing code twice.

Everytime I post my pretty pictures go to the bottom of the page. I guess I will have to make a project for every 3 posts (LOL).

Good night everybody!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Alignment tool is done and uploaded!!!

Well that wasn't too hard. And how convenient! Now to get back to making those quilts and tiles. I should put an undo button in there, but that will take some time I think. I will have to read up on it first. Until then I'll just make an undo for position setting. But that will have to wait till tomorrow. Just wanted to get this alignment tool today like I promised.

Alignment tool is being built.

I worked on the interface for the alignment tool last night. While I was writing it I found a problem and decided to upload. Even though the alignment tool is not working at this moment. It will be tomorrow. The fix uploaded was for the selection process and positioning. Although cookie cutters are loading to the canvas, it is not full proof loading to the clips. So I'll take a look at that after the alignment tool is in.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Found and fixed cookie cutter as a tile

This was a tricky one for sure! (#@%#@#!$) One word was out of place. Just one! After fixing it I only tried it a couple times. I wanted to get it up right away. I'm going to make a few things tonight to see if anything else needs fixed.
When I was making that quilt I definitely needed an alignment tool. So I'm going to start on that now. Would be nice to see it up tomorrow.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cookie Cutter tool with tiles

Hmm, this is a complicated one. I cannot seem to get the cookie cutter shapes that are saved to clips to load back to the board in the same sequential manner. So I guess till I figure this one out the cut patterns cannot be saved in the clips. You should be able to just place them to the side of your canvas for now. I'll think hard on this and try to get it right.
Hope everyone see's the progress, and can look past some of these little glitches!
I also want to get that alignment tool in. But will have to wait a couple days.

New Request Panel

This was definitely and improvement. Spent a few hours fixing the request panel within a scrollpane. Also found and fixed a small glitch which threw some invalid data. Also, I played around in the admin panel today. I saw a small error there where the shipping panel did not load on the first click. Guess I'll be looking at that one soon. Second time round it loads fine. I think my processor is begging for a break. I don't know why!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New menu button and search for patterns

Did alot of stuff today.
1. Fixed quite a few small things.
2. Made my first quilt pattern.
3. Put a search button in the patterns panel to search image names.
4. Put a link to the blog site in the top menu row. (still have to upload it)

Made notes of a few things that would have helped me with my first quilt

1. alignment panel
2. polygon tool for outlining
3. view all button

So that will keep me busy for the next few days.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Double checked the ordering system today

Found a couple things to fix there. Then started working with the shared files system. That is still not quite what I want it to be. But it will get there. If I was magic I could just twinkle my nose and I will have everything I want before Christmas!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Uploaded new setup files

I fixed so much it's definitely time for a new setup file.
Fixed another cookie cutter issue. And image grids are reloading properly.


Worked on it till midnight. Double checked it this morning.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Loading Reflected Cropped images

Just discovered this one today. Crops of crops that are reflected are not holding the original reflection. So plan on digging in tonight to fix it. Then will work more on the front splash page. I want to input paypals new system for selling premade items there. I have an image category loading system planned for that. Will probably take me a couple weeks before you see it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Found loading problem (timing issue)

Not sure how this one got thru. The item loading chain was broken. Files should load completely now. If you have a problem loading a project let me know asap! I will continue to test all day.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Oneliner to fix the holes (XXX I hope)

Fingers are crossed. XX
All should work fine now with the cookie cutter. I'm going to work on the adds page now. Got that started this morning. Will probably take me a week or so to get it functional. And that's because I have to create some file content for it also.

Hopefully no more bugs will show up between now and then.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cookie Tool has holes

Well, what to do about this one? I discovered if the shapes for the cookie tool have been reflected accross the dashed lines they create some interesting but undesired effects. So if you don't want holes when you cut patterns you cannot use the reflection tool. I guess the flash player cannot get the right coordinates if the mc has been reflected. I will try to post an alert some where in the app about this tomorrow. But first I will see if there is a fix that I don't know about.

I took a bunch of pictures of material and am going to try to make a quilt pattern. Maybe a wedding ring quilt or something that requires circles. Then if it works I'll put it in the shared files.

I did come across an instance 1 time where the patterned move when I was scrolling the whole canvas. But the cut shapes did not move. I'm guessing a reference was broken. I'll look for that one tomorrow too. It only happened 1 time.

I did fix a couple more things like cutting from several blocks of quilt pieces that were already cut and put into a pattern. It seems to be ok, but needs more testing.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Resizer Tool For Shapes

Finally decided to get the code in for the shape resizer. It's been in the plan but how to find the time to do it all at once!!! If anyone knows how to do that send me an email!

Now I just need to make a few files and double check reloading. The next step is to fix the advertisement spash page to load more items. And to create a better advertising area where a user can select some categories to view. Also I want to make it possible to post items made for sale.

Hope I don't develop any horrible disease from all this typing. I need a program where I can talk to type!

OOPS, 1 liner mess up fixed.

Sorry guys. Sometimes when you code for 12 hours a day accidents happen. Found a very simple line that was commented out by mistake. So many shapes were not loading correctly. Sorry about that. It is fixed.

If anyone has anything else to report just send me an email.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Rotate Tool Fix

The rotate tool had some problems that are fixed.
It wasn't rotating masked items properly. Also fixed the cookie cutter to not cut anything if it finds a pattern under it. It will only cut from the pattern and ignore other shapes it covers.

Also I put a scroll pane component in the cart info panel. And put the amounts over each item. I suppose I could have put the amounts under the image, but I think it looks kinda nice the way it is. If anyone thinks otherwise, let me know.

There was also a small fix in the progress indicator.

Hope everyone had a nice thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Cookie Cutter

Well, I finally got my idea up of a cookie cutter for cutting images or tiles.
I've had this in my head for some time. But could not find time to put it in writing. It took a couple days of testing. However, I seem to have broken my rotating tool for the items that are cut with it. So I will have to look at that problem tomorrow.

How many crafting people know what a mask is? %10 percent is a high guess.
Well in the computer world a mask is a shape that is put over something else to hide what is outside of the shape. In the craft world I would call this a cookie cutter. Can't think of anything else to call it.

So it's pretty simple. Load patterns to the drawer by clicking on the pattern tab. Then click the open folder button in that tool bar. Open the image by clicking any picutre on your disk. Then drag the image to the canvas.

Now you need a shape for the cookie cutter to cut to. So you can make a shape by opening the shapes panel. After you have your desired shape click the cookie cutter tool. To pick up the shape hold the CTRL key and click the shape. It will follow the mouse.

You press on the image pattern where you want to fill the shape. And there it is! You will see a shape with the image that has been filled from the pattern. To see where you cut, the transparency of the pattern was reduced. It can be set to full transparency by deleting it from the canvas and dragging it back to the canvas. But most people will just want to delete it.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mobile phone fun!

Just posted these screen shots of the checkout system. More Screen ShotsCheckout Screen Shots

Just testing mobile blogging

AS3 upgrades on the way!

I got board with as2 coding and started the as3 rewrite. I had to read and reread some of 900 pages on the subject! Only 300 more to go. Only a true geek can enjoy doing this!
I'm hoping it takes only a couple weeks max! This will improve application performance and make coding much easier. So you might not be hearing from me until I get a response from paypal about the new cart system.
I will be back in a month to give my next progress report!

Paypal system awaiting approval

It took over a week to redo the cart system to fit with paypals adaptive payments. I had to put in an order progress bar at the top of the cart to explain more about where in the checkout process a user is.

Just a quick rundown of the process.
1. A user adds items to the cart. (Request step)
2. The user clicks the request button. And checks back later to see if the request was responded to. Emails are sent to each seller with pictures of their items requested. (no paypal stuff yet)

1. The seller is notified of the request. And replies that they have the item to sell or they don't have it. The seller can change anything about the item. Verifys the price and can send a note under each item.
2. The buyer checks back and see's the response from the seller. If the seller has changed anything the buyer can decide not to buy, or delete the item. If the buyer wants it they can change their requested amounts, or negotiate a different price and leave notes under the item for the seller to see.
3. When both the buyer and seller amounts and quantity are the same the buyer can place the item in the checkout list.
4. The checkout list contains items from up to 5 sellers at a time. When the list is filled with all the items the buyer wants they click the checkout button.

1. Just fill in your information of who's paying and where it's going.
2. Click place the order.
3. Paypal opens in the browser. There the buyer signs in to paypal. The paypal page will show the total amount to be paid to everyone. Be sure the amount is the same as displayed in the application. (These amounts are taken from the server side. Not sent from a url. Anyone can alter a url, so we recheck to make sure it exists in the requested list and that the price and quantity of the seller matches.)
4. If the amounts are equal the user checks out from paypal. And paypal does it's magic. Each seller is immediately sent a payment. Their consignment amounts are deducted. The remainder is sent to the seller.
5. The buyer returns to the application and clicks the status button. If paypal responded about the transaction the indicator will move to completed.

The seller see's the notice paypal sent and check's in the Craft Board.

To get the the orders do this: Click the house icon. Then click the order tab.
There are 3 icons there for 3 types of orders
1 Open - (Cash Register Icon)
Requests only. Items can be changed, or marked as unavailable.
2 Paid - (Bag Icon)
Shows order that are not shipped yet. The user has paid through paypal.
3 Shipped - (Mail Truck Icon)
Shows orders that have been sent out. The seller can give shipping info or links here.

So the seller clicks on the bag to see the order. They will see a list of user names who are waiting for their order. They click the user name. All the items are listed. The shipping address is listed. There is a place to list the date the item was shipped, and a tracking number. They can also put a link to a shipping site to track orders. The seller completes it by clicking completed. Then the order is moved the the shipped category.

If the seller wants to see the order again they can click on the mail truck. There it will be listed under the user name. Click the first letter in the user name to see all orders within the last 3 months from users that start with that letter.

Now hopefully all goes great. The buyer can see when their item was shipped.

Hopefully this won't happen to much. But every seller must make their own return policy. The agreement is between the buyer and the seller. So the seller can post their own policy by clicking the policy tab. You will see a place to type in some html and or text. You can put clickable links in the policy if your agreement is posted on the web. You can also put images that are posted on the web. The html is limited to the basic tags like:

UL: userlist
IMG: image
P: paragraph

If you want to learn more about what you can use search google for Flash Textarea HTML tags

That's sums up how the cart system works. It's very unique by resembling the actual negotiation steps people take when transacting without a computer.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Implementing paypals new secure system!

This is wonderful! I'm now integrating paypals new secure system so buyers can directly view all the amounts they are sending and the companies or individuals they are paying.
Before I had to put the total amount from 1 order into one account. Then disperse it to each seller for their portion of the order. The buyer could only see 1 reciever of their payment.

Now with more features from paypal a buyer can see all the companies they are paying from within their paypal account. The amounts are directly deposited to the proper account. Not only does the buyer feel secure knowing the end recipient, the seller get's their money immediately with less transfer fee's.

Thanks paypal!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Item Browser Fixed

The problem is fixed with the item browser for creating categories. I also put a default setting in for new designers to load categories. I will be working on as3 updates the rest of the day. If anyone has issues with the folder lists for items please send an email. (Or any other issues)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Found a doozy

I found another problem in the posting panel that caused program to exit with an error. It should be fixed. Be sure to update! The renaming and deleting is still having problems updating the folder list. I spent several hours trying to fix it. I finally decided my code will not fix their code, and I'm sure it's a timing issue. I did think of another fix that may work. So that may be up in a couple days working fine.
I'm working on as3 code with the flash 10 player several hours a day. The upgrade should fix the folders in the posting list to show correctly. And I also found an excellent display so you can view items better. Look for that in December.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Uploading More Seedbeads

Now that I have a Color Grid tool I have to get some seed beads up to practice with. So I've done about 10 and have 300 more to go. LOL. Oh the joy of it all! This gives me a rest from coding. I've double checked the loading process for color grids. It's coming along great! I hope to get a video up as soon as I can make a decent seed bead pattern. Maybe I'll do a tiger head. It's only a few colors and is usually very striking.

Boring! Server Updating

The new server is becoming more stable. There were a couple of hardware issues to figure out. So finally sites are being uploaded. (my very first site) I just can't part with it! It's like an old quilt that took a year to learn and write. - A site for adding functionality to the craft board in the future. - Beautiful jewelry site. This necklace you see on the front page was made by my daughter. I have to go through it to update some things.

I have two more sites to go.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Plotter Tool Drags Item

Before the plotter tool did not have a way to let you know what item you clicked last. That was changed. Now if you hold the CTRL key down it while in plotter mode it will drop or pick up the item your placing. The item will follow the cursor. If the item is under 50x50 it's placed to the right of the cursor. If you have created any image grids you can plot items under 50x50 onto the grid. So the placement of the plotted item will let you know if it's able to be put on the grid. Items over 50x50 are way too big for image grids.

Also fixed an error with the cropper tool not moving it's indicator buttons.

I've been working on the back end practicing adding seed beads. Fixed some server side stuff and a couple reference problems.

The search and browse panels were changed to reposition side by side, and not hide the canvas when opened.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New Delete Process & loading errors fixed

I've finally got the delete system for deleting several items at one time in the drawer and search board. Seems to be working right. Send me an email if you find an error with this.

I also found the downloads for items were not starting correctly. Fixed that.
Then a couple days ago found a reference error in loading images grids. That should be fixed also.
Fixed loading from the adds page after the canvas has loaded.

Masking seems to be working great. But still needs a little more testing.

I wanted to start on as3 code today. But came up with another hair brain idea. I think I save it for January and continue on.

Be sure to update when prompted so you get all the fixes.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I have been working on the masking tool all week. It seems to work better. I also change the tile loader. It should load very quickly now. Also the images can now be masked with a tile as long as the mask has no inner tiles in it. If some of you are not sure what that means don't worry. I don't think anyone will go that far to use it. But it is possible.

So the brush is up. Now I want to put in a new panel to view and reload any images uploaded, At this time you can only save the image in a file. And if you delete it from the canvas it has no way of being viewed again.

So that will be this week I hope!

I have 3 servers now for the project. I'm still setting up on the new server. I seem to be having trouble getting the dns names to work. So it's takiing me a while to get it back. It's been lower on the priority list, and wanted to get the new tools up first.

See ya next week!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New stuff and new server

Be sure to read the post below!
We also have a new server being setup for perlygates and for is being setup today, so there has been some interuption there.
However perlygates is on an interim server. There should be no interuptions.
This server is hosted within our own offices. So users should get better service with less downtime. And easier management for admin.

New Stuff in the Tool Bar!

I've been soooo busy programming and not enouph blogging! So what have I been up to for the last 2 months? Well, the craft board has 3 more important tools. All of which took 2 months to write.
1. Image tool with cropping ability. You can now open your own images into the craftboard and use them to make the image grids described below. Or you can draw shapes and use the mask tool like a cutter to cut quilt shapes.
2. Image grid tool takes any image or shape pattern and turns it into color blocks. You can then use the plotter tool to plot items on the color blocks. It will fill in blocks of similar colors. You can contol how similar the colors can be. You can search for similar colors within a region, or within the whole image grid. This could be used for seedbead patterns or weave patterns.
3. NOT UPLOADED UNTIL OCT 11 or 12. The last tool I made is the brush tool. With this tool you have 3 different shapes you can brush with. It can have many purposes. For masks you can make shapes that are irregular.

Here is how the craftboard tools might be used together:
Let's say you want to draw a lucky 4 leaf clover for an applique design.
1. You could use the circle shape for making 4 circles and a square for the stem.
2. Then use the curve tool to draw the stem a little better.
3. Then use the brush tool to fill in the blank area between the curved lines and the stem.
4. Then select all the shapes you used to make the 4 leaf clover and open the clip tool.
5. Click the checkmark in the clip tool. This puts the pattern in the clipboard.
6. When it opens in the clipboard turn on the tile tool there.
7. This takes all the shapes you just made and keeps them together when you drag it back to the canvas.
Now you have a lucky clover on the canvas. Use it with the masking tool to cut patterns out of your own images or to create an image grid for seedbeads.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fixed an error with opening a file with tiles. Before it would stop due to a mislinked reference.
I also made shapes change with multiple selections.
So if you select multiple shapes you can change the line of all selected items with lines.
I tried to make fonts load in a different way so there would be more fonts with less loading.
But that didn't work. It was a waste of 3 hours!

I'm going to make some files for sharing today while testing more.

While I'm writing I keep thinking of new ideas. But will never finish with as2 if I write them.
There have been several users signing up. We just need more people to report if they find errors.

So that's it for today.
Hope you're day is a good one.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Version 2 is up an running!!!

I've been at it non stop for 2 months trying to make version 2 ready.
I've found and fixed quite a few errors. Please contact me with the lady bug if you find more.

The new version has icons for menu's instead of drop down menus.

Also I've completed the vesion 2 download. It's posted at

New features include resizable application window.
New carousel in the adds panel.
New menu for better panel viewing.
Tiles and clip loading is enhanced.
Selecting items can handle large selections now.
Opening files still takes awhile, but were working on new ideas for that.

Let me know what you think or share any ideas.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Alergy season always slows me down. Only 1 more month to get through it!
I've been working on a frame which is required for upgrading to as3 code.
My software upgrades of the tools used to write the craft board don't have frames and as2 cannot be mixed with as3. So I have to upgrade the code and frame. There is over 10,000 lines of code to translate. But when it's done there's tons of new stuff that can be added. Like 3d z indexing, transitions, and it's 10 times faster.

So there may not be too many changes until this is done. I haven't found any new errors to fix.
There have been a few logins with the tester button checked. No errors were found from the test reports. No errors have been reported with the lady bug in the last few days.
Remember you can also use the lady bug to ask any questions.

I did repost the download at

Thankyou again to all the people who checked the tester checkbox while using the board.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

That replace item button in the drawer should work now. But I do need to put some better indicators in the drawer. If anyone has an error with it please use the ladybug button to let me know. I appreciate all your reports.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I stayed up pretty late last night. Worked through the order panel again. Will post the update tonight after a double check. Soon I hope to get on with the design phase. There were a few problems with a couple server scripts that were fixed.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Server Changes
We're in the process of setting up At that site you can log in with your craftboard id. The site will be set up to post designs that people want to share and/or beads for sale. The admin panel will have a link to this page from the panel where you add your items price.

fixs today
I found a mistake yesterday that kept me from loading my design. Was a tricky one, but should be fixed. So if anyone encountered this check back in and let me know if you find any errors.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bead Software, Design Online, Craft Board

This is a blog about the software I've been writing in my spare time for the last 4 years. Because I know people are scanners I will try to make this blog easy to read with questions people might have. I will post updates and ideas I hope to get feedback on. Also it's easy for a user to report directly to me from a little lady bug button from within the program. But I thought it would be nice to converse as a community also. So here goes my first blog!

What is it?
The craft board is a place where people who sell crafty stuff can upload and sell just about anything that requires putting several parts together to make a whole. This can be beaded necklaces, bracelets, ring settings. Or maybe beaded t-shirts.

How much does it cost?
To shop and design on the Craft Board is FREE. There is a charge to access the admin panels. These panels allow a seller to upload to he board. It gives the user access to an admin panels for posting items.

What is necessary to sell
You must be a member of paypal to be a seller. Our cart system uses paypals masspay system. So this is mandatory.

When can sellers sign up
Our system is being tested. We're going to allow only a few sellers in the beginning. This is because we need to grow as we go. If we grow too fast we might not have enouph support to help everyone. If your interested you can send an email with the lady bug button within the application giving us your website or company name.

How does the cart work
For those who know how hard it is to keep track of little bits and pieces of stock I created the Cart Request System. Simply put, items are requested before they are purchased. This system makes a great bartering tool.
1. The buyer requests an item.
2. There are 2 parts of the cart. The buyers details and the sellers details.
3. The seller has the option to change any prices, quantity, or detail of the request and post it in the sellers area.
4.The buyer can then view the response and change any details of the price or quantity in the buyers section.
5. The buyer cannot check out until the sellers details match the buyers details.
6. When they are in agreement they can purchase the item requested.
7. The buyer uses paypal to pay for items in their project. A consignment fee is deducted.
8. The seller views and ships the products ordered.

What can be done on the canvas?
On the canvas you can do several things.
Move items around of course.
Group items together so you can move whole patterns you have pieced together.
Create strands that can be pulled around.
Rotate groups or items.
Place patterns together as a larger group. I call this tiling.
Save your design for viewing later.
Draw shapes and lines. Change colors and sizes of shapes and lines.
Place images of product on the canvas.

Where is it?
We want to hear your opinions. It is a work in progress. If something doesn't seem right or if you like it use the lady bug to let us know.