Artlandia, Inc., developer of pattern design software,
has released Artlandia SymmetryMill, a new web application for making and
sharing repeating patterns. SymmetryMill extends the pattern design arsenal
with the latest, exceptionally easy-to-use tools for a wide audience ranging
from fine artists and surface, textile, stationery, web, and other designers,
to hobbyists and high school students. Integrated into the pattern design
workflow is access to a new open web repository of repeating patterns.
SymmetryMill complements Artlandia's popular pattern
design plug-ins SymmetryWorks and SymmetryShop that run in professional-
grade Adobe applications (Illustrator and Photoshop, respectively). SymmetryMill,
on the other hand, requires only a web browser and is equally useful to
professional designers and "the rest of us." Recent versions of Chrome,
Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and other popular browsers are supported.
The most accessible of the Artlandia offerings, SymmetryMill is also the
most affordable and is available for a markedly lower subscription fee.
The new application creates seamless repeating patterns
of all seventeen mathematically possible symmetry types from essentially
any JPG, PNG, or GIFF image. The built-in blending algorithms ensure the
creation of seamless patterns even when the result may otherwise show visible
boundaries between pattern motifs. The standard color adjustment filters
and the sharpen and blur filters modify the patterns in place. Viewing saved
pattern snapshots automatically executes the exact recipes for creating
the patterns and sets the appropriate values of all SymmetryMill controls.
Users can share their patterns with friends or publicly
on the new Artlandia web repository Pattern Central at http://www.artlandia.com/share/i/
where patterns can be browsed by date, popularity, tags, and other categories.
New submissions are also announced on the Twitter account @symmetrystream.
Shared patterns can be loaded back in SymmetryMill with a click. Importantly,
loading a shared pattern also shows how the pattern was created. This is
indispensable for beginners and saves time for experienced users, who can
immediately modify shared patterns and create their own derivative pattern
is available as a free limited version, which works with the built-in demo
image, or as the full version, by subscription at $69 per year ($5.75/month)
or $99 ($4.12/month) for two years. A $35 monthly subscription is available
for casual users. Student subscriptions cost 50% less. SymmetryMill subscriptions
can also be purchased in packages with SymmetryWorks, SymmetryShop, and
other Artlandia products. More information about SymmetryMill is available
on the Artlandia website, http://www.artlandia.com.
If you are interested,
you can learn about the 2007 release of the
Arlandia SymmetryShop 2 software on the Fashion Newspaper.