We have a release date! Hexels and Hexels Pro will be released on February 28th with a week-long launch sale at $14.99 (25% off the normal price of $19.99)! We are both so excited to finally get it available to everyone.
Mr. Div posted a new motion graphics gif today inspired by Hexels! He used After Affects with a plugin called trapcode form. Here’s a making-of video clip that he posted on Vine.
If you haven’t seen his work, Mr. Div makes mesmerizing motion graphics using geometry. Below is one of my favorites, it makes me think of a re-imagined Casio digital watch display (before Indiglo). You can see the rest on his Tumblr.
Last week Ken added a new, insanely-fun shape mode to the Hexels beta – trixels (triangle pixels). It lets you paint with right-side-up and up-side-down triangles at the same time – a feature that I’ve been dreaming of for awhile. I’m really excited that this feature is in, it opens up a lot of doors for creativity and possibilities for shape modes and features in the future. Below is the first Hexels speed paint video showing how it was drawn.
We’re now finished adding features to the beta, and we’re focusing on bugs and polish to get it released as soon as we can. Thanks to all of you for your patience. Hexels.com has said that the program would be “coming 2012 (probably)” for…over a year (oops! bad estimate). We thought it would be ready a lot sooner, but we kept thinking of cool stuff to add to it! ;)
The art tool will be released in two versions. Hexels with the standard draw mode and default glow, and Hexels Pro with all of the various draw modes including trixels and custom shape mode, all the features such as the outline tool and custom glow shapes, unlimited export resolution and export to .svg, and data export to .xml and .csv. We’ll post a detailed break down of the differences later and we’ll keep you posted on the release timeline via our blog, Twitter, and Facebook.