We are proud to announce that the first pre-release version of Artivity codenamed ‘Altamira’ can be downloaded for macOS from our project website. Following an intensive six-month development sprint which started in March this year, the software is now ready for testing by artists and designers using the Creative Cloud versions of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The software allows for easily documenting and sharing of the entire creation process of your digital artwork. It can be used as a long term self archiving tool which does not interfere with your creative practice.
One user experience across all platforms
The focus of the latest developments has been on making Artivity usable with the Adobe Creative Cloud products and on providing a consistent user experience on all supported operating systems. One of the results is a completely new graphical user interface, re-written from ground up using modern web technologies. It features fluent layout, smooth animations, powerful extensibility and drag’n’drop interaction – on all operating systems. This new user interface will also be the basis for all future Artivity cloud services that we are currently developing.
The alpha release is currently only available for macOS as part of our product stabilization strategy. A version for Windows is already up and running and will be released when Artivity progresses into beta stadium. There will also be a version for Linux as soon as Inkscape 0.92 is released. Semiodesk sponsored new code to the project for loading native C++ plugins which was published at the Libre Graphics Meeting 2016 in London.
Plugins for Adobe Creative Cloud products
The plugins for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop do not only provide detailed data about every influence to a picture – they also provide rendered layer data which can be used to visually reconstruct and analyse the image at every state in its creation process. Artivity presents a video-player like interface for replaying all the editing steps that have gone into a digital artwork. However, unlike a plain video capture, the reconstructed images are fully interactive and can be commented, edited and analysed retrospectively. This allows for simply moving existing shapes in an image to preview and communicate ideas for changes to other users.
Powerful SPARQL query editor with built-in visualization
As a research project of the London University of the Arts, it is important that the data which is produced by Artivity can be studied to gain new insights into the creative process of digital artists. For this reason Artivity has been built using W3C Semantic Web technologies which provide a standard model for data interchange on the Word Wide Web. The TinyVirtuoso graph database allows for querying W3C PROV-O provenance data from multiple sources using the powerful SPARQL query language. The built-in query editor has support for syntax highlighting, code completion, error checking and generates charts for the data returned from a query. Of course, all results can be exported into CSV format for further processing in spreadsheet and statistics tools.
See Artivity in action
Artivity will be presented at this year’s SEMANTiCS conference in Leipzig and at the JISC Research Data Spring Showcase in Birmingham. The project is a cooperation of Semiodesk GmbH and the University of the Arts, London. Its development was funded by JISC as part of the Research Data Spring.