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Beautiful Dorena

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Beautiful_Dorena.dmg (42.69 MB)
MD5: 26b7b4f696342cffc1dc656db7a9db35
For Mac OS X
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Beautiful Dorena is an experiment. More accurately, it's a bunch of experiments. I wanted to create a framework that would allow me to try out ideas as they occurred to me. A "paint program" seemed to offer the most flexible option. This was especially viable because I have had experience doing this, having created the original Kid Pix program. I felt that this was also a good approach because it would let the user walk away with either an image file or a printout. To be clear, it is not intended to be a full-service, full-featured program. It is quite quirky and basically does what I found interesting to make it do.

Ideally I would like people to see what Beautiful Dorena does by exploring and having fun with it.

A Few of the Things Beautiful Dorena Does...

Productivity software (graphics programs, word processors, etc.) don't have much personality or tell a story. The idea is to let you get something useful done. Games, on the other hand, have lots of personality and often tell a story but don't generally let you create anything. I wanted to give my program a personality and a fictional backstory. A computer club at a small Oregon high school (Hazelnut Springs High) hypothetically created it. All of the names of the characters come from Willamette Valley, Oregon place names.

Most of the tools in Beautiful Dorena are more interesting than useful. Many are algorithmically driven (done with simple math) and hopefully are somewhat captivating. Some of the tool options are likewise not too useful. For example the line tool can respond to gravity and fall off the page.

In addition to the user-interface sounds, Beautiful Dorena contains a soundscape. The idea being that you are using the program in your house in the fictional rural town of Hazelnut Springs, Oregon and you are hearing the ambient sounds. Ambient sounds are random and time sensitive. For instance, more cars pass by during "rush hour" and crickets and cats are heard at night.

Beautiful Dorena has two tools that let you place live video into your picture. One lets you stamp video images into your picture and the other uses motion detection to only show what is currently moving.

Beautiful Dorena has a multitude of features. Please explore and find them.

  — Craig Hickman, September 2005

External link
Download from Mega.Co.Nz

This public beta version was apparently the last-ever release.

Its author has a complete retrospective on YouTube with a narrated demo.

Architecture: PPC

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