Creation of tool for custom design of children's book. Tool will enable users to Print book contents onto labels laid out 4 to a page. Tool will also enable users to Save projects in progress for future editing.
Maestro Label Designer at [url removed, login to view] offers many features similar to those to be included in this tool.
Platform / Distribution
Recommended development platform is Adobe Flash for cross-platform desktop use by Adobe Air.
Tool will be distributed via web site for use on a personal computer. Tool will be Windows and Mac OS compatible.
Project estimate will include time to build code and test on PC. As soon as distributable versions are available, employer will test on Mac OS 10.x computers and advise.
Tool will provide 6 page layouts which users may choose from to begin any page. The page layouts will define particular spaces for text or images to help users create common pages. As an example, the layout, "Title Page," may have a text block preset to a large font size for the title at the top of the page, a space for an image in the middle, and a text block preset to a smaller font size at the bottom for the author's name (this is a possible layout only). Other layouts may include "All Text" "Two Images" "Four Images" etc.
Design Resources and Art
Tool will include basic design resources. Basic resources include images (approximately 60), fonts (approximately 12) and backgrounds (approximately 12). A palette of 256 pre-set colors will be available, as well as the ability to define custom colors. Users will be able to save up to 12 custom colors per project. Images, backgrounds, and fonts, to be made available to the developer. Recommendation: review [url removed, login to view]
Tool will feature Themes (approximately 6) enabling users to begin their book following a subject or theme (i.e. holidays, seasons, sports). Each Theme will include up to 4 background images, 24 images, 2 fonts, and a palette of 24 colors. Theme contents will be made available to developer.
Tool will allow for addition of new Theme packages in the future. Theme packages will be available for download via web. Tool will have “Import Themes” feature, allowing for import of downloaded Theme packages. Ideally, tool will accept theme packages for import in consistently, appropriately labeled directories. As an example, the "Summer Fun" theme might be resident in the directory "Summer_Fun", enclosing folders "backgrounds," "fonts," & "images" as well as a text file containing the resource set name, Theme description, and RGB color values for default Theme colors. Actual solution TBD.
Selection of a Theme will not restrict the user's ability to select from other colors, images, available fonts, or their ability to upload their own images.
Text and Fonts
Tool will allow users access to their own fonts in addition to fonts provided by tool. Tool will allow users to enter their own text, select font, font size, and color, and position and rotate text elements.
Tool will allow users to add, position, rotate, scale, and color basic shapes (square, triangle, circle, star).
Tool will allow users to manipulate images including scale, square-crop, rotate, and flip (horizontal & vertical).
Tool will allow users to import images of their own for use in projects. Image specifications (file type, max. size) TBD. Tool will allow users to scale and square-crop images.
Users will be able to save their Projects. Saved projects will include all imported user images specific to that project.
As users finish one page and begin another or finish their Project, the tool will create a thumbnail of each completed page and display all available thumbnails, in sequence along the bottom of the tool's working area. Clicking a thumbnail will bring the user to the that page for editing. If work has been performed on the current page, work on the current page will be saved before the tool opens the requested page.
Users will have a “Save As...” option enabling the duplication of projects for further customization.
?Users will be able to Print their Project onto 4"x5" labels arranged 4 per 8.5 x 11 inch (U.S. Letter) page following specifications of onlinelabels.com's OL475 label template.
Project has been revised based on input from client and desire to decrease cost.
Application will now provide only 3 page layouts - titling page with image and text, text only page and image only page.
Application will provide approx. 6 fonts (fonts to be provided by Employer). Users will not have the ability to access their own system fonts.
Application will not provide ability to position or rotate text.
Application will not provide basic shape elements.
Application will not include image resources or backgrounds.
Application will include ability to upload user's images.
Application will not include ability to download and integrate additional Themes.
All other aspects of project remain the same.
If you are interested in this project and have already provided a bid, please provide a revised bid.
BOOK DESIGN TOOL WP
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY MODIFIED BY THE CLIENT SUCH THAT I WILL BE OPENING A NEW PROJECT TO DESCRIBE IT RATHER THAN MODIFY THIS ONE.
If you have skills related to interaction with WordPress user accounts and Facebook sharing tools, in addition to the Flash skills required here, please look for the new project, CUSTOM BOOK DESIGN FLASH TOOL, posted August 8, 2011
Thanks for your interest.