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2 hints for people trying this app:
- drag from the 4 source buttons, don't click them, and
- watch at least some of the built-in "video" lessons and demos.
Sources (even the Lite version) is a deep program.
"Sources" is a fun and unique program for creating computer graphics images and animations. It allows you to combine simple geometric constructs (waves and repeating patterns) in various ways. Surprisingly complex (and often quite beautiful) things can emerge. (The background to the banner above was done with Sources.) It is deep, with countless possible permutations. It works on fairly modest phones and on large tablets.
Sources is not a drawing program - you do not manipulate pixels. Rather, you place and adjust "sources" - suppliers of repeating waveforms. You can turn on animation and watch the various parts move and interact. To get an idea of the range of things that Sources can do (so far!) have a look at the galleries on the web site. See also the montage of images above. 58 examples are built in to the App to give you inspiration and show how certain effects can be achieved. Some of these demonstrate features of SourcesPro and those parts will not be editable on SourcesLite.
Of course, animation adds a whole other dimension, and with SourcesPro you can even set your designs as live wallpapers, using the free SourcesWP market://details?id=uk.co.fordartworks.SourcesPlayer . SourcesWP requires Android 4.0+.
Please note that it is possible to create moving/flashing patterns with the App when you animate. If you are susceptible to epilepsy caused by flashing lights, see the warning which comes up before the App starts.
- full basic functionality. (Pro version has a number of additional features, plus much higher quality output.)
- no waveform functions, which add a whole range of possibilities
- no image optimizations
- can't create the largest images or animation
- no limit controls on Sources
- can't create or edit live wallpapers for SourcesWP
- just 3 levels of undo/redo
The full set of differences is described here: http://www.fordartworks.co.uk/tutorial1f.htm
It's fun, and you will not exhaust its possibilities for a very long time!
Explore, and enjoy!