A new Historic Tale Construction Kit – Bayeux available in your browser #Art #Software

Craft thy own Bayeux Tapestry
Slay mischievous beasts
Rule the kingdom

Two German students originally wrote the Historic Tale Construction Kit, with Flash. Sadly, their work isn’t available anymore.

The new Historic Tale Construction Kit – Bayeux is a tribute, but also an attempt to revive the old medieval meme, with code and availability that won’t get lost (it’s under an MIT license).

The authors state:

This project is available for you to use and we hope you will enjoy playing with it as much as we enjoyed building it. We put the open source code on GitHub, so you can grab it, tinker with it or even help us by contributing.

This brand new Historic Tale Construction Kit allows you to

  • Drag, drop, scale, rotate any item from the Bayeux image bank
  • Do the same with text with different fonts and colors
  • Bring elements to the front/back of the scene (this is life changing)
  • Work on several images (pages) at once
  • Export those pages as PNG or as GIF
  • Save a working copy of your tapestry to your disk, to finish it later
  • Use brushes to quickly add crowds, birds, or battlefield
  • Use keyboard shortcuts for almost all of the above
  • Download a standalone version to use it anywhere without any server

This kit is based on the Bayeux Tapestry, a 70-meters long piece of art telling the story of the Battle of Hastings. However, every Bayeux-related pictures, fonts and settings are stored in a single folder, that can be easily swapped with, say, Japanese Prints, Cave Painting, whatever your heart desires.

It runs in a browser, and can run offline. See the app on GitHub.io here.

Art by Zoë Knox on Twitter

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