I'm continuing to make progress on FMEasyCanvas, the open source drawing solution that I announced a few weeks ago. In fact, it's looking like a beta will be available much sooner than I had expected.
The latest build includes support for the following features:
• Background images. This gives you the ability to select an existing image / photo, and essentially draw on top of it.
• Image editing. You can load an image on to the canvas, and then edit it.
• Dynamically control the toolbox. Want to turn off one of the tools? No problem.
• Change the canvas color.
• Completely self-contained. There are no external resources needed, so EasyCanvas works without the need for an active Internet connection.
At the moment, the biggest hold-up is supporting users on Windows-based PCs. There are issues with IE that prevent the jQuery from working properly. However, I have made progress on that front, and support for Windows is close. (Yeah, I know - famous last words.)
Below is a screenshot of what FMEasyCanvas looks like at the moment (the "Alpha 4" build). The photo is actually a background image, and you can see that I've added graphical elements on top of it (including a couple of text elements, a rectangle, and line with arrow).
There's still no firm ETA on FMEasyCanvas. Stay tuned for updates.
A screenshot of FMEasyCanvas "Alpha 4" running in FileMaker Pro. Click the image to see a larger version.