Since the success of the Mandala maker, I’ve been pumping out a ton of features, improvements and bug fixes. They are too numerous to list but a few stand out.

  • Collaborative editing using websockets for drawing mandalas with multiple people on the same session.
  • Drawing without mandalas, there are only so many Mandalas one can collaboratively draw and so I created http://draw.akrin.com which leverages all the Mandalagaba goodness for drawing and removes the mandala specific layer.
  • Read only mode guided by artists who like to livestream their drawing, I created a read-only mode to the collaboration. This way, people can watch but not participate.
  • An iOS app was born
  • High resolution renders are possible for $2, the charge helps with server costs and makes it a bit fairer if one was going to make money using the tool.
  • Not visible but noteworthy nonetheless, an intricate server strategy was put in place to alleviate future waves, load balancing had to be built from scratch because of the collaboration layer.
  • many, many, many other little things :)

 

In terms of use, while the initial tsunami is dead, the project was picked up by artists and educators. I can’t post all all the pictures for privacy but I can’t tell you how awesome it feels to receive pictures like these:

Kids enjoying a Mandala making lab somewhere in China

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Artist Peter Draws created more amazing work:

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The mandala maker was deployed on big touch screens which turned it into a more social activity much like arcade games.

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Here’s draw.akrin.com: Click to pop out.