With the big Colors! 3D update soon here, I wanted to talk about a major gallery addition that I haven’t touched on yet: Tags.
Being able to tag or categorize your paintings is something that we’ve experimented with before, but it never really worked out as we wanted. This time we’ve borrowed an idea from some other social networking sites and will try out using hashtags.
What this means is that pretty much anywhere in the Colors! Gallery where you can enter text, you can now enter a ‘#’ character and then the name of the tag. The tag will automatically turn into a hyperlink which will take you to a list with all paintings with that tag on it. It’s very simple and powerful, and we expect it to be used quite a lot.
One way we are going to use tags is with official contests. This screenshot is from the News screen, where we will regularly announce new challenges. To enter a painting into a challenge, you just put the specified tag in the painting description. Tapping the tag will take you to the list of all paintings participating in the challenge, which you will be able to sort on date or on the number of likes.
All this goodness will be available with the Colors! 3D update that is currently being evaluate by Nintendo. The final phase has gone pretty well, and we are hoping for that February release-date that we were aiming for in the previous post.
We’ve also done some great progress on the Android version where we recently released support for layers. An exciting feature that we are working on there is video-export. Thanks to the nice sharing system in Android, you will easily be able to share your painting-playbacks to your favorite video service. (Only on Android 4.1 devices though). We are also working on reducing the latency and to get all the gallery improvements implemented in the Android version. We’re starting to see some amazing work being done on Android. For example, how about this one?
The Colors! 3D update for Nintendo 3DS will be a free update that you will be able to download from the eShop. There is no set release-date, but our best guess at this point is February.