Having created Rotoshop
, the software behind uniquely-animated films like Waking Life
and A Scanner Darkly
, Bob Sabiston is no stranger to new ways of manipulating media. His latest project, Fatbits Pocket Painter
, takes advantage of the Nintendo DS' hardware features to create both pixel-based and vector-based illustrations.
The DS' top screen shows the entire canvas while the touchscreen
displays a close-up view for editing. Fatbits
won't replace your copy of Adobe Photoshop
, but with features like color palette mixing, variable thickness paintbrushes, and opacity sliders, the program is a lot more sophisticated than MS Paint
. The application even supports an animation mode and playback for recorded sound effects (via DS mic) just like Mario Paint
. Users will be able to share their complete creations or works-in-progress by uploading them to a web server with the DS' WiFi feature.
While Nintendo is aware of the project, there are no cemented plans for a commercial release. Sabistan admits that he might eventually cast the program loose for the homebrew community to play with if he is not able to find a publisher. For now, a brief user manual and a gallery of images
created with Fatbits