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Old 01-08-2008, 10:16 PM   #1
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The DS' great hidden secret: Pressure Sensitivity!

It looks like the DS has more up its sleeve than anyone previously thought, as a little known homebrew project is showing off pressure sensitivity.

It's a painting program by the name of Colors!

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Colors! is a simplistic digital painting application for Nintendo DS based on modern painting-techniques developed for drawing tablets in programs like Photoshop. By taking advantage of the pressure sensitivity of the DS touch-screen it becomes a perfect portable digital sketch-book.

I didn't believe that the screen had pressure sensitivity until I tried it myself. It's amazingly precise! I wish games would take advantage of this feature more.

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Old 01-09-2008, 05:15 AM   #2
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This is an amazing homebrew app!

Here are some of my favorite pics in the gallery.




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Old 01-09-2008, 05:22 AM   #3
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This is one of the many reasons why my R4 is in the mail. DSQuake, here I come!
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:27 AM   #4
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gorgeous stuff
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:29 AM   #5
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I don't know if you realize it, but the site allows you to download the construction drawing files. I believe this essentially allows you to 'replay' the drawing.

Here's an example of a drawing, and the page that allows you to download the 'replays'.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:32 AM   #6
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markster3000, you may want to remove your sig.

And Kam, your picture imbeds are borked in that post up there.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:42 AM   #7
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Oh sweet! The pages with the art have playable replays on them. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and press the Begin Playback button to see it in action!
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:51 AM   #8
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That's really cool, its amazing what random people on the internet can do. This seems higher quality than some things that get released for the DS at retail...
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:52 AM   #9
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I wish I could draw like that, then I'd be all over this.
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:35 AM   #10
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This is one of the coolest things I have seen for the DS - I've never before been tempted to mod a system, but now...

Does anyone know what I need to do to use this?
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Old 01-09-2008, 06:37 AM   #11
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This is one of the coolest things I have seen for the DS - I've never before been tempted to mod a system, but now...

Does anyone know what I need to do to use this?
All you need is a Nintendo DS cart that accepts memory cards, like this one.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:31 AM   #12
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Holy cow, that's amazing. And here I thought I had to lug my tablet PC around to sketch on Painter for that.

That'll give me a purpose for the Supercard I bought some time ago, since I apparently should have bought an R4.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:32 AM   #13
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I would modify the headline of this article, as it's inaccurate. There is no pressure sensitivity on the DS. They merely simulate it with airbrush effects and transparency, the same way Photoshop works.

The effect of course is similar to pressure sensitivity but I assure you it's based on position and duration of a stroke, not pressure. I've been using Colors! for months and it's an awesome little program.

EDIT: Here are a couple of examples of my work in Colors! (one is NSFW, but should be OK because it's art, not porn).



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Old 01-09-2008, 07:48 AM   #14
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Yes, this is my 2nd favorite app on the DS right now.

Nintendo would make billions more if this was official. Irony: I've just begun to learn how to watercolor...
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:47 AM   #15
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Colors is awesome.

My young daughter loves doing drawings on it and then playing them back.
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:44 AM   #16
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Pressure works fine here, but I think pressure is a horrible idea for games. People that are quickly trying to reach the "max pressure point" will press way to hard on the DS screen, repeated hard presses could damage or scratch the screen. I don't want to be encouraged to hurt my screen.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:00 AM   #17
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Yea, again... there is no pressure sensitivity. It's an illusion. Press as hard or soft as you like, it all comes down to how much surface of the stylus is touching the screen, and how long you hold it there.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:06 AM   #18
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So, I've seen a lot of threads on DS homebrew and backups on this site lately, but it seems like everyone skirts around some pretty major questions I have about the R4 or similar technologies. Is there a rule about discussing this stuff on the forums? I want to pick one up, but before I do I have a few questions for someone that owns one. Can I post them here or could someone PM me? Thanks,
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:09 AM   #19
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Well, we're talking about the legitimate uses of homebrew devices and such. And yes, we realize that people will use them to download illegal copies of roms they don't own but while that is discussed, it's not condoned.

And we won't be posting links to ROMZRUS.COM or anything.

What's your question?
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:20 AM   #20
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Ok, so, my questions:

* If I get an R4, what's the best place to buy one? I've seen links around but they're usually dead links that don't land on a product page.
* One of my main purposes for wanting to buy one is loading all my DS games onto one card for convenience. Is this possible? Could I copy my own games onto the cart or would I have to download roms?
* If I do play my backed up games off the cart, could I still play them online?
* What good homebrew apps are there? The idea of Quake on DS sounds fantastic. I've also heard of SCUMM emulators, which I'd love as well. What other "killer apps" are there in the homebrew community?

Thanks for your responses in advance! =)
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