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- Arahne keeps AAA rating in 2015
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Texture mapping program ArahDrape changes course
Arahne has developed ArahDrape to help weavers in showing their fabric on the final product. ArahDrape is a normal desktop application, where you load your model image, draw regions, load a texture for each region, and save the texture mapped image.
That was 10 years ago, and world is a different place now.
Just making a texture mapped image for customer's approval is not enough. ArahDrape needs to be integrated into web site / e-commerce solution. At a request of our demanding customers, we have split the ArahDrape in two programs.
The GUI (user interface) version works as before, you use mouse, windows, menus to interact with the program and develop new projects. But the ArahDrape rendering engine (part of the program which loads/saves images and applies textures to the model) can be used independently. So a web server can use ArahDrape functionality, it can instruct ArahDrape to load a project, replace several textures, and get back the new texture mapped image. If we put this in a more modern tech lingo, ArahWeave can be a web service in the cloud.
With this important change, we also wanted to make it even easier for you to try out ArahDrape in the demo version.
Previously, demo version worked, you could even save textured images, but you could not save drape project. So your work was lost every time you closed the program.
In ArahDrape 2.1 DEMO, you can develop new drape projects and even save them. But we no longer allow saving of draped images in the demo version.
In this way you can try the program and even start working on your project. You can then buy ArahDrape GUI version or ArahDrape web server version only when your project is confirmed and you are confident that ArahDrape does what you need.
ArahDrape can handle big images (6000x4000) and big textures (10.000x10.000 pixels) without any problems. It also supports alpha channel transparency with PNG image format.
The User's manual is here.
You can download the demo version from here.
Join Arahne's group on LinkedIn to get all the technical details about web server integration.
Arahne keeps AAA rating in 2015
We are pleased to announce that Arahne was once again awarded the AAA Creditworthiness rating by Bisnode, a Swedish credit rating company. This is the fourth consecutive year.
AAA rating is based on the balance sheet of the last three business years and forecasts the safety of operations in the future.
Only 1,7 % of Slovenian companies got the AAA Creditworthiness rating in 2014.
Only 0.4 % of Slovenian companies qualify for golden AAA by achieving AAA rating for three consecutive years.
Arahne is a stable and profitable company with 23 years of experience. Our results guarantee, that we will be a reliable partner also in the future.
How to earn 200€ with ArahPaint?
It sounds like a scam, but we are serious. ArahPaint is a free drawing program for textile design, and you can actually make money with it. We will show you an interesting way to do it.
If you watch TV at wee hours, you may be familiar with various forms of advertising, where a salesman screams and tries to sell you this or that. The more interesting way to extract money from you is a gambling game, disguised as a puzzle.
In this instance, a lady with an annoying voice will go on screaming forever, telling you to call the number on the screen, and find the difference between the two pictures. If you are the first to call, and spot the difference, you win 200€. Of course, the game organizer will earn thousands of Euros in exuberant phone charges from all the people waiting on the line. But that is besides the point. We need to find the difference between top and bottom picture, and it is not that easy! It is just as frustrating as the screaming lady.
But, lo and behold, we can use ArahPaint! First, pull out your smartphone and make a screenshot. Transfer the picture to your computer and load it in ArahPaint. Select the two banknotes and use “Unskew” function to straighten it. You will get this:
Finally, select the top banknote, and move it over the bottom one. You can use arrow keys for pixel perfect alignment. ArahPaint has special tools for display and pasting of selections, where selection can be shown in transparent mode, added or subtracted from the background picture. We will use the subtract mode to find the difference between the images.
See the white speck marked by the arrow? This is the position of the difference. Of course, the difference is between Cyrillic Б and Latin B in the Bank. Top one is correct, and bottom one is the forgery, as NARODNA BANKA JUGOSLAVIJE must be written in all Cyrillic letters in Macedonian language НАРОДНА БАНКА НА ЈУГОСЛАВИЈА.
Now you can call the phone number on the screen and claim your prize.
On the more serious side, finding differences between images can be useful in textile CAD – sometimes you have different versions of jacquard card file, and you can't find the difference, so you are unsure which to use or delete. Now you can see if they are equal, or if not, where lies the difference.
Surprise in Sardinia
Arahne has a new customer in the beautiful island of Sardinia.
We work a lot in Italy, but almost all the customers are located in strong textile areas of Biella, Como or Prato. We have never imagined that Italy hides gems like Samugheo, a small village almost in the center of Sardinia, where ancient craft of handweaving is still alive.
You can actually walk the streets of the village and hear the noise of the loom beater coming from various houses. They are calling their small weaving mills with an original name - “laboratorio”. Nothing to do with medicine or high tech, it is is a workshop, from Latin laborare.
Actually the “laboratorio” of Mariantonia Urru now contains some high tech, a completely new electronic jacquard loom. But more about that later. We must first introduce signora Mariantonia, who created the company, based mostly on traditional handweaving. You can see her on this picture making an “pibiones” rug on a Nebiolo - Schönherr shutle loom. This is a traditional technique where the pile is created by wrapping a weft around a needle, and then removing the needle. It takes about 15 minutes for a single weft to be wrapped in this way, depending on the density. This beautiful technique allows a weaver to make a pile or not, and to make it in different weft colors.
These are the “pibiones”, while still on the loom:
You make them like this:
And the final product looks like this:
Sons of signora Mariantonia (Gian Bachisio and Giuseppe are in front of the loom) have decided to modernize the weaving part of the “laboratorio” with a new electronic jacquard, which allows them to quickly change the design. We have helped them reinterpret some of their old designs with the new technology.
|Gian Bachisio is checking the fabric for errors.||Finding the weaves, which work well with the chosen yarn counts and densities, requires some trial and errors on the loom.|
If you climb on top of the gantry, you can see the glowing new jacquard, with drive shaft on the left and good old paper cards from the old looms on the right.
If you wish to learn more about Mariantonia Urru, and can't come to Sardegna, you can visit Proposte fair on April 27-29 2015 in Cernobbio, Villa Erba, near Como. But in order to see the Mariantonia Urru carpets, you will need to go to the nearby Villa Bernasconi, on the other side of Via Regina, where the Carpet show 2015 will take place. Opening hours and and ticket are the same as for Proposte.
New ArahDrape manual
We have completely rewritten the ArahDrape user's manual. Previously, we only had a tutorial and videos, but now we explain all the advanced features, including handling of transparency and batch export of draped images. If you need to show your product in different fabrics and colors, then you need ArahDrape.