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Explore and create spacetime. Communicate your ideas, concepts, visions and dreams. Create unique art. Produce animations for live storyboarding, videos, VJing, shows, vision and concept presentations. Project dynamic digital graffiti. Export clips to MPEG-4. Learn or teach the basic film and movie concepts of "frame" and "time" supported by experience. Frame by frame and live drawing into the movie clip. "Paint" a movie clip.

The idea "behind" XAN is not to copy the existing world like for example by shooting a movie, but instead to visualize and communicate time based structures emerging directly from your mind.

- Communicate visions and concepts which can not be done by other techniques

- Produce storyboards for movie projects and general storytelling

- Surface ideas by using XAN as a feedback amplifier

- Discover new forms of communication

- Learn or teach the principles of animation, of "frame" and "time"

- Create movie clips for "VJing"

- Create dynamic digital graffiti by projection on facades

- Make "personal message" identity clips for iPad (presentation mode)

- Use exported MPEG-4 clips as base material in video editors

- Create static pixel art

- Just play around for creativity stimulation

- Impress friends :)

The visual representation is black and white because with XAN you are not painting with color but you are painting with time.

XAN is defined by the following design criteria:

- Two basic modes :

- - direct spacetime manipulation

- - timeframe by timeframe creation

- - - and the vast creative space that unfolds in between

- Full immersive, - fullscreen, for undisturbed creative feedback flow

- Adjustable time depth and speed to explore the time dimension

- Design with "pixel look":

- - black & white squares (four sizes)

- - speed dependent (a bit like airbrush or hard charcoal)

- - possible refining by drawing over and over to find the best contour and texture

- - and also because of the resulting aesthetics

- Selective copy of touches to the next timeframe

- Toolbox:

- - small, free positionable, multilevel toolbox

- - undisturbing black and white "pixel look"

- - fast reachable overview of all toolbox functionality

- Using the accelerometers:

- - toggle the toolbox fast on/off anytime (by tilting away)

- - switch frame forward / backward while working (by tilting right / left)

- - alter the speed while playing / working (by tilting right / left)

- - ability to disable the accelerometers (except for the toolbox toggle)

- Gallery view of all XAN shows

- - fast show selection via gallery view

- - decoupling of "save/recall" functionality for easy copying, versions, etc.

- Presentation mode for review and presentation:

- - avoid altering a creation by a touch "accident"

- - navigation by gallery view for fast selection

- Export:

- - share all creations via iTunes (Backup)

- - distribute demonstration examples in the classroom

- - export static pixel art to photo collection by screenshot

- - export MPEG-4 clips

- - send your concepts as standard movie clips to clients

- - upload your creations directly to video networks

- - assemble longer movies by use of video editors

- - free the artwork from any XAN dependencies

My hope is that XAN is at least as useful, joyful, enabling and inspiring for you as it is for me.

Thank you for your time, -

create !


iPad and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

MPEG-4 is an ISO/IEC standard developed by MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group)

What's New in Version 3.8

XAN V3.8 :

- New Gallery mode :

The Toolbox button switches the Gallery on/off.
Reason: Faster toggle of Gallery view at any page.

A flick gesture anywhere inside the Gallery page flips through the Gallery pages.
Reason: Unified behaviour in work and presentation mode.

- New Function - Copy/Merge Frame :

This function copies the actual frame to the next frame if the next frame is empty.
It merges the actual frame with the next frame into the next frame if not empty.

After copy/merge the next frame becomes the actual frame and you can immediately view the result.
So if you tap that button again you advance in frame/time.
This allows for fast copy of elements which should be absolutely (in contrast to "copy touches mode") static for some frames / time.

As ever, - please experiment with this functionality, especially in comparison with "copy touches" and redrawing, it is a very different dramaturgical element.

Thanks for your comments, discussion and requests !

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