Expresii is a proud sponsor for the ASIFA-South Animation Conference & Festival 2017, held last weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, USA!
Live Artist Battle with Expresii between Dan Flores (@deltatangomike) and Wayman Humphrey (@themaddpenciler) during the conference party:
Get a glimpse of animated shorts from all around the world shown during the Festival:
We look forward to seeing Expresii being used more for animation! o(^◇^)o
Our Nelson Chu couldn't make it to SIGGRAPH this year but huge thanks to our friend Li-Yi Wei for demo'ing Expresii at SIGGRAPH 2017 for us! We also thank all those who came to check our our program and gave us feedback! Many of you asked for a Mac or an iPad version. Yup, we hear you. One even mistook our Windows app for an iPad app. :)
Li-Yi told us Expresii was very popular at the Appy Hour. See Li-Yi speaking on behalf of us:
And in this video Akshay Agarwal, Mobile Chair of SIGGRAPH 2017 also specifically mentioned Expresii as one of his favorite apps shown at the event:
New to this year is the Facebook live videos. Review those videos on their Facebook page or their Youtube channel. And, again, if you are new to Expresii, be sure the checkout this demo video for what can be achieved with our revolutionary brush and ink simulation and hybrid-vector-raster rendering:
SIGGRAPH 2017 is just around the corner!
In celebration of Expresii showcased at SIGGRAPH 2017 Appy Hour, we're running a 25%-off SALE till 4 Aug 2017!
Download Expresii: http://www.expresii.com/download.html
Use this link to have the promo code pre-applied at Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/l/FLdY/siggraph2017
WHILE SUPPLIES LAST: Use the promo code "FriendOfPixel" to get a free Exhibits Only pass to SIGGRAPH 2017.
Register for SIGGRAPH here.
Update: Hear our Nelson Chu talk about his experience on attending SIGGRAPH and his story creating Expresii in this SIGGRAPH SPOTLIGHT podcast .
From Passion to Academia to Industry
Our Dr. Nelson Chu was honored to be invited to give a series of talks in Taiwan in June: two public talks on the development of digital ink painting technology in Taipei and Hsinchu, and one keynote at the Computer Graphics Workshop (CGW) 2017 in Taichung. We thank Prof. James Chu of Tsing Hua University for hosting the talks and his thoughtful arrangements and help during Nelson's visit.
Dr Chu's seminal work on digital ink painting simulation was first published at SIGGRAPH 2005 and he was awarded PhD for that in 2007. Although he left the academia for many years now, today Computer Graphics researchers still remember his contributions to digital painting technologies. The industry also recognizes Nelson's work - back in 2006, Adobe already licensed Nelson's work, hoping to get it into Photoshop. Last year Wacom invited Nelson to be a panelist at their Connected Ink event to discuss the future of digital ink. This year, Microsoft has invited Nelson to be at various launch events (new Surface Pro's global launch in Shanghai, local launches in Hong Kong, and Taiwan). Microsoft CVP Panos Panay likes Expresii so much that he would introduce Expresii on stage himself!
The first talk was given on 2017/06/26 in the National Taiwan University of Science & Technology 國立台灣科技大學 in Taipei:
We thank all the visitors including folks from 大禧堂 for coming. Nelson visited their studio earlier that day to discuss digital calligraphy creation. 大禧堂 的朋友太客氣了 ， 非常感謝大禧堂的招待與美意！
We're supposed to end at 9pm but people won't leave until the security guard came to close the lecture room. ^_^
The second talk was given on 2017/06/27 in National Tsing Hua University 國立清華大學 in Hsinchu：
We're honored to have Prof. Chintay Shih, a very prominent figure in Taiwan, in our Hsinchu talk. Prof. Shih loves calligraphy and gave us valuable feedback. We thank Martin Sun, ex-President of Wacom Taiwan, for introducing Prof. Shih and various people from the industry to us. We also had the chance to give away some copies of the Meerkat Ojisan 's comics book to the audience.
感謝台灣前工研院董事長史欽泰教授 以及 幾位台灣不同大學的教授光臨指導。史欽泰教授酷愛書法，也給了我們寶貴的意見~
Computer Graphics Workshop (CGW) 2017
Thank you Taiwan!
Taiwanese people are super friendly and polite. This trip to Taiwan was great but too packed for various events - there're so much more for us to explore including food and interesting places. We will definitely come back!
這次真是非常感謝台灣，讓我們有機會來交流，而且也嚐到台灣美食！台灣人真的非常熱情，非常有禮。這次台灣之旅行程滿滿的，非常充實和有意義！只嫌不夠時間真正的逛逛和太多的美食還未有機會吃到，哈哈。最後附上Nelson 寫的一些數位書法送給熱情的台灣～～ 下次再見！！
Our Dr. Nelson Chu was invited to do live demo of Expresii in the launch event by Microsoft to showcase the New Surface Pro for the Taiwanese market. The audience was one again wowed by the combination of great software and hardware, which enable us to do what we couldn't before.
我們的Nelson 到了台灣，於New Surface Pro 的發佈會上當神秘嘉賓，從影片裡走到現場，為大家示範在全新Surface Pro上潑墨揮毫，這次非常成功的吸引到大家的青睞！
We thank Taiwan for having us! We'll definitely come back to meet with friendly Taiwanese people anytime!
We were invited to help showcase the new Surface Pro and the Surface Studio at Microsoft's Hong Kong Launch Event on the 13th of June. Hong Kong is a place where East meets West and is certainly a great place to show the new devices combined with world's leading software technology of Expresii for Eastern ink painting and calligraphy.
Ink/watercolor flows down the gorgeous Surface Studio screen. The interaction is silky smooth thanks to the powerful GPU inside the unit. You really have to see it to believe it!
Expresii is the best for making Eastern calligraphy. 'Microsoft and its partners have make it possible for the pen to feel like a Chinese brush (毛筆),' said Horace Chow, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong. 'I urge you to try it first-hand!'
A sketch of Little Thunder, one of the product endorsers for this Hong Kong launch campaign. Again, the high resolution rendering capability of Expresii is the perfect showcase for the gorgeous 28" 4.5k PixelSense display of Surface Studio.
Look at the vector-like high-resolution rendering - you won't see a single pixel even when zoomed in so much. We're getting the best of both worlds of raster and vector.
Comics artist Little Thunder was fascinated by how much more advanced Expresii is! She could really appreciate the brush & ink simulation and the high-res rendering capability of Expresii. Little Thunder was greatly influenced by her parents in pursuing her artistic career - her father does traditional Chinese ink painting and calligraphy.
Our Dr. Nelson Chu is invited to give a series of talks in Taiwan later this month. The first two are to be held in Taipei and Hsinchu on 26th and 27th of June respectively, while the last one is a keynote at the Computer Graphics Wrokshop 2017 to be held in Taichung 29th-30th of June. Details in Chinese are given below.
Please forward this post to anyone you know in Taiwan who might be interested. Thank you and hope to see you there!
講者：朱紹恆博士 (Dr. Nelson Chu)
香港出生，澳門長大。自 1999 年研發虛擬毛筆，2005 年於國際頂尖電腦繪圖技術大會 SIGGRAPH 上發表其水墨模擬技術， 次年 Adobe 向其大學購買該技術使用權。2008 年北京奧運開幕禮也應用了其軟件做出水墨動畫效果。2008 年朱氏應邀到美國微軟總部開發繪圖軟件技術，成果最終化為繪畫程式 Fresh Paint。2011 年回流，開發新一代繪圖軟件 Expresii，獲Wacom 高層譽為最棒的水墨書法軟件，現亦為微軟推廣Surface 產品之軟件夥伴。
時間：2017/6/26 (星期一) 晚上 19:00～21:00
地點：國立臺灣科技大學 【綜合研究大樓】 RB-102 國際會議廳
時間：2017/6/27 (星期二) 晚上 19:00～21:00
Update: We created entries at KKTRIX :【台北場】, 【新竹場】
You can click on the Outlook or Google calendar item there to put them in your calendar.
另注：台北、新竹後，Nelson 會轉到台中，應台灣CGW2017 計算機圖形學大會邀請，當Keynote Speaker，詳情請看：http://cgw2017.cs.pu.edu.tw
Expresii was accepted in Appy Hour of SIGGRAPH 2017 to be held in Los Angeles. See the Advance Program.
It took a while to prepared that 2-page Abstract - nowadays it's much stricter on the document formatting. ;-) Anyway, you can download a copy (16MB hi-res version) from below.
2017-06-10 Update: And here is the accompanying 30-sec video.
Expresii was a huge success!
So we are told ! :) We were invited to demo at the Microsoft world-wide launch event last week in Shanghai. We're glad to be back to this amazing city to enjoy great food and all that. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
Visitors were amazed by the simulation and rendering quality of Expresii. Look at how the ink flows down the gorgeous screen of the Surface Studio. Look at how beautifully the artworks are rendered on the screen. Look at how you can make organic strokes with our breakthrough technology!
It was really great to have visitors and also Microsoft folks telling us Expresii was the most impressive demo in the launch event. "Everyone keeps talking about how beautiful the app is! " ٩( ´･ш･)و
And yes, Expresii was shown along side much bigger players like Adobe, Autodesk and Corel. Given our presence, Corel Painter can't really call itself the most natural painting simulator.
"I can’t think of a program that better demonstrates the power of their inking platform than Expresii" - a customer
" 遇到了一直关注的数字水墨软件expresii的创始人，感受了业内最精彩的模拟现实绘画软件；科技和艺术的大碰撞" - 郑昊煜RADIO
A big big thank you to Angela Wong of Rooftop Animation for coming along to help amidst her busy schedule.
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Below are shots of Microsoft CVP Panos Panay showing Expresii during the keynote. See the video again here.
Next Stop: Hong Kong
Panos Panay of Microsoft really likes Expresii and we were invited by Microsoft to be in their App Partner video and also showcase our Expresii app in their May 23rd launch event in Shanghai. It was a great honor that Panos himself introduces Expresii to the world in their keynote:
You can also watch the full keynote with Chinese translation here (按這裡看華語傳譯) . It was great to meet people in person and have guests telling us that Expresii was the most impressive demo shown in the whole event.
Check out this collage app-partner video from Microsoft, featuring Expresii:
We've been asking hardware makers to add pen tilt support for years, and are certainly happy to see the new Surface Pen getting tilt sensing support. The new Surface Pro also features latest Intel processor and is completely silent thanks to the no-fan thermal design for the m3 and i5 models. See the details in Microsoft's blog.
Expresii now also available in Windows 10 Store
Expresii is now also available in the Windows 10 Store for $89.99. The Store version of Expresii is the same as the Win32 version except that you can't have tabs in the Setting Windows as separate windows for now. FYI, we use a converter to convert the original Win32 version into what Microsoft calls a 'UWP' app as our Windows 10 Store version. Performance-wise, our test indicates that the converted app takes slightly longer to start (1.6s vs 1s), but otherwise performances virtually the same during painting, on an i5 Surface Pro 4.
Expresii Win32 version for Win XP/7/8/10
The availability of Expresii on Windows 10 Store doesn't affect users buying a license for the Win32 version of Expresii via Gumroad. For those who don't have Windows 10, you can always use the original Win32 version, which runs on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10.
Update: see a report from the demo show floor in our next blog entry!