Friday, August 22, 2008

Graphic Image Manipulation Program is great!

Everyone always talks about how great photoshop is, and this is sort of like that. An open source (free) program, called The GIMP is an excellent alternative - and it's got all the high quality features. I've been using it for the AnimeIowa Picture Gallery, and I'd like to upload an example. The original image was super dark due to the backlighting, but because of the dodge/burn tool with the Gimp, we can actually get a high quality photo from it!

BEFORE -------------------> AFTER

Friday, August 1, 2008

New Layout Up

My AnimeIowa 2008 Pictures section has a brand new layout. This features some cool things, like a rotating front-page picture, access to the new system, and much more. You can always join to get access to the latest cool features including comments, profiles, larger thumbnails, and much more.

This new layout has a much cleaner look than the old one. I think I'll borrow the picture from the front page of the old layout and put it on the new layout. This new layout focuses on blue, and has a strip of pictures from 2007 along the bottom. I may incorporate pictures from 2008 if I get the chance. Be sure to watch the website for live updates from AI 08, which is coming up in just a couple of weeks!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Some Tips For AnimeIowa 2008

It's always good to be prepared well in advance for a big event like AnimeIowa. This year, you should be sure to keep several of these important tips in mind when getting ready.

  • Bring A Toothbrush

    There's nothing worse than having scummy-feeling teeth throughout such a great event, but this is the last thing you'll think of when preparing. Be sure you can brush your teeth at least on Saturday and Sunday morning.

  • Brush Up On Your Japanese

    Learning japanese is always fun for any anime fan. Anime, after all, is Japanese animation, and knowing Japanese means you can enjoy more anime. Knowing a little, though, will help you understand what other people might say at an anime con.

  • Bring Extra Clothes

    Nobody likes a smelly otaku, and everyone likes feeling clean. Bring extra clothes, 3 to 5 pairs, just in case you need them.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

AnimeIowa 2008 Preperations

I am 90% prepared for AnimeIowa 2008. I have fully developed my picture gallery system, and will allow people tons of great pictures from the 2008 anime convention. I have setup a space for the 2008 animeiowa gallery, which will hopefully play host to 200-300 pictures from AI 2008. The system allows you to do a number of things:

  • View Pictures

  • View descriptions of pictures

  • Signup for an aiowa account

  • Comment on Pictures

Soon enough, though, I hope to complete the system that will allow you to upload your own pictures so that we can review them and add them to our gallery. We also want to give you the opportunity to mark yourself in pictures, so that other fans have the ability to contact you. No telling if this will all be done in time, but I'm very optimistic.

In addition, I should have my video camera ready for the 2008 event, and hope to even get some video action (hopefully from the live action battles if they're allowed). This I can upload to YouTube and post on the website also. If not, I'll still be certain to take hundreds of high-resolution pictures.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Working on More Fun Stuff

Yes, we've been focusing on more fun stuff for my AnimeIowa pictures website. I've mostly been focusing on the news systems that are integrated into my new website management system - allowing people to get email alerts of news and so forth. I might integrate something like that on my aiowa website, but I'm not sure if I have that kind of time.

Galleries still progressing smoothly, as presented in the previous post. I've got a lot of work to do to make uploading simple and easy, though. The galleries, I believe, are pretty good, though. I'm working on some different forms of pagination (see more at once) and seeing what works best and is fastest. Uploading your own pictures should be simpler too with the new gallery system. After all this is just me practicing my website building skillz - Sephiroth needs a hobby. ^_^

Saturday, February 16, 2008 News - AnimeIowa Pictures News

Our new AnimeIowa pictures gallery system is getting closer and closer to completion. You can check out an example at We've already got the ability to create galleries, to display them, and add descriptions. We have an upload form ready so that people can even upload their own AnimeIowa Pictures. Features that we are currently working hard on include a comment system, and a picture rating system. We have the basic structure for the rating system already implemented on a few other parts to our program, and can attach it to pics rather easily. Commenting will require users to signup, and we are ensuring that we work all the bugs out of that system before anything else.

We are very excited about our new systems. They are all being programmed in Ruby On Rails, a great website development structure incorporating the best programming language in existance.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

New Web Development System Coming

Thank you all for your continued support of our great pictures website. As a result of all your appreciation, we have been working hard on a new picture system. The look hopefully won't change much, but you'll be able to comment on pictures, add new pictures, and do much more. Some of the cool features we have been planning for our animeiowa picture gallery include:
> Adding Comments to Pictures
> Rating Cosplay Pictures
> Searching Through Pictures
> Uploading and Controlling Your Own Pictures

Hope you enjoy once their finished,


Lord Sephiroth