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Thumby / Re: Invader Test
« Last post by Ben Rose on October 21, 2021, 01:27:42 PM »
Best picture my phone could manage, which is probably the only way to get a good sense of how it looks!
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Thumby / Re: Font size
« Last post by Ben Rose on October 21, 2021, 01:11:32 PM »
@acedent- I thought that would be a quick answer! I've been playing around with a bunch of stuff in MicroPython for the last day or two, and I think the answer is that blits with the built in FrameBuffer object are just a bit slow. It's extremely general purpose and can handle tons of use cases outside of our simple 1bpp need. The arduboy2 font section looks like a very reasonable C/C++ implementation for 1bpp, I've written(adapted?) similar stuff for TinyScreen etc. After a while, I was able to do something similar in a MicroPython Viper code block, and it actually runs faster than the built in stuff for this very specific need.. I'll see if I can get something far enough along for other people to take a look at.
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Thumby / Re: Thumby development Discord server or something similar?
« Last post by rli on October 21, 2021, 09:36:25 AM »
Exciting!

My thoughts on how it would differentiate between the forum, Github, KS comments, etc is primarily:
  • Having a real-time way to chat. The forum, github, and KS comments aren't really good for having casual conversations
  • Having a lower friction way for new developers to get started. My experience is that many people getting into a new "thing" will find a Discord server for it and ask for help there because chatrooms tend to be friendlier to novices since the conversations are more ephemeral.
  • As a result, it keeps the forum tidier for longer-form posts, discussions, releases, and tutorials/guides
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Thumby / Re: Thumby development Discord server or something similar?
« Last post by Void777 on October 20, 2021, 03:33:31 PM »
Hello all!

Thank you so much for your interest in chatting with us and others about Thumby! ;D

We have been strongly entertaining the idea of having a TinyCircuits Discord Server. We think it would be beneficial to have one and are looking to start one soon - it will likely be announced via a Kickstarter update, but we are internally discussing the best way to merge/differentiate it with our existing community channels like the forum, and defining what specific role it should serve.

It's a big step to take on what could be a big responsibility for a tiny team, so we appreciate your patience as we work to bring a TinyCircuits Discord server to the public sometime soon!

Let me know if you all have any tips on how to make a good Discord server - we would love the feedback since some of us are new to Discord.

Cheers,
Réna

As a discord moderators, id definitely recommend Dyno, which is a very high quality moderation bot. Also maybe channel with downloadable games. Maybe roles for specific devices, such as a Thumby role etc...
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Thumby / Re: Thumby development Discord server or something similar?
« Last post by CoolieCoolster on October 20, 2021, 03:27:59 PM »
While the many Discord servers out there have many different configurations, I'll give a few suggestions based on similar servers and my experience with Discord server moderation:

- In terms of how channels should be grouped, taking into consideration how this forum is currently structured, I would suggest having:
  • Server Information or Welcome section that would include server "infrastructure" channels, such as those for server rules and general announcements.
  • TinyCircuits section that would include discussion and support channels for TinyCircuits as a whole.
  • Sections dedicated to each currently-supported product, such as Thumby and TinyTV, with each having a general discussion channel, and additional channels such as "support" or "development" for the sections that have sufficient levels of community participation to warrant channel "specialization".
  • Language-specific and voice channels could also be channels to consider at some point after the initial creation of the Discord server should there be a purpose and sufficient moderation capabilities for them.
- In terms of roles, I would imagine that as this would be an official TinyCircuits Discord server, the top role would be something along the lines of "TinyCircuits Staff", or something. A way to let people know who is and isn't part of your team. Next down the totem pole, as you mentioned that the responsibility of moderating a Discord server would be a big one for your small team, perhaps consider inviting community members to serve as volunteer moderators, as many communities have. In terms of regular members, while some form of Kickstarter-Discord integration for having roles for backers might be something to look into, as this wouldn't apply to backers of your prior campaigns, I might suggest something both simpler and open to everyone, such as letting users pick a rank based on which color Thumby they have, with custom emojis added for each color to complement the ranks.

- Otherwise, it could be used in many ways like any other social media platform, such as having events to improve community engagement, with the difference being the greater opportunity for interaction and collaboration with and among members.
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Thumby / Re: Thumby development Discord server or something similar?
« Last post by lennevia on October 20, 2021, 02:26:17 PM »
Hello all!

Thank you so much for your interest in chatting with us and others about Thumby! ;D

We have been strongly entertaining the idea of having a TinyCircuits Discord Server. We think it would be beneficial to have one and are looking to start one soon - it will likely be announced via a Kickstarter update, but we are internally discussing the best way to merge/differentiate it with our existing community channels like the forum, and defining what specific role it should serve.

It's a big step to take on what could be a big responsibility for a tiny team, so we appreciate your patience as we work to bring a TinyCircuits Discord server to the public sometime soon!

Let me know if you all have any tips on how to make a good Discord server - we would love the feedback since some of us are new to Discord.

Cheers,
Réna
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Thumby / Thumby Smash 2D Fighting Game. Looking for Feedback and Testers
« Last post by Void777 on October 19, 2021, 02:52:43 PM »
Hello. I've been working on a 2d fighting game for the thumby and am now looking for people to test it and and provide feedback on things such as their overall experience, balancing ideas, etc..
Latest Version (4) can be found here. I will continue posting updates as i add onto it.
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Hiya,

There isn't a current 'save your spot' feature, but you can change the tinytv mode to the video player mode so that you would be able to step through videos and play/pause/fast forward through them. You can change the mode and a few other features using the settings menu: https://learn.tinycircuits.com/Kits/TinyTV-Tutorial/

Thank you for your support! We love making cool stuff  :)

Cheers,
Réna
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Thumby / Re: Flipping Bitmap Images in Thumby IDE
« Last post by Jason on October 19, 2021, 01:17:32 PM »
Other than having the ability to flip bitmaps, is the drawSprite function basically the same as blit then? And many thanks for the image button; I've been using a pixel art website to design my Thumby sprites, so I won't have to draw them a second time now.

It actually calls the blit function after flipping the data, so yes.
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Thumby / Re: Flipping Bitmap Images in Thumby IDE
« Last post by CoolieCoolster on October 19, 2021, 01:01:03 PM »
Other than having the ability to flip bitmaps, is the drawSprite function basically the same as blit then? And many thanks for the image button; I've been using a pixel art website to design my Thumby sprites, so I won't have to draw them a second time now.
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