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Shields, Heraldry and Blazonry for Education and Fun!
Shields, Heraldry and Blazonry for Education and Fun!

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Support for quarterings of 4,5,6,7,8 & 9 parts + nested quarterings

Okay, I have done some work on supporting quarterings of up to 9 parts. I've also tidied up the code that supports nested quarters, but to give the program chance to figure out what is going on the nested quartering MUST be finished with ;; (two semi-colons) - see the example. Other than getting bored of typing there is no limit to the depth of "recursion". I'll add a more detailed manual page soon but for now give it a go. There are probably lots of things that won't work, (including bordures) but have a go and let me know of any problems.
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New Theme Pack - Playing Cards

Just for fun added a new set of (not really heraldic) charges to DrawShield. The suit symbols from the pack of cards, all 54 cards and some additional bits like hands of cards. Full details here -
https://drawshield.net/user-guide/theme-packs/index.html
Other suggestions always welcome.
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Parts Finder

Wow! DrawShield now supports over 600 charges! How can you find the one that you need...? Well, now you can use the "Parts Finder". You will find this on the create page, below the shield image. All charges are listed in the dropdown menu, and you can just start typing to see all the charges that match your text. You can also call up an image of the charge should you need to. I hope to add other "parts" (ordinaries, divisions etc.) in a similar way later on. I hope that you find this useful! Tweet me at @drawshield on Twitter or leave a comment here if you have any ideas for more DrawShield improvements.
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DrawShield now has a twitter account! I'll be using this to post responses to error reports, new charges and features as soon as they are added and will also respond to any questions that get tweeted to me. You can follow @drawshield on Twitter, or see recent tweets on http://drawshield.net/contact/tweets.html
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* Grab Bag of Recent Changes *

Just for the record here is a batch of recent changes to the DrawShield site and program:

- Tiny tweak to the shield shape to remove an artifact where the curve started

- Made error messages more prominent and added a "Report Error" button

- Added charge "Question Mark" (in response to a reported error!)

- Added a new feature to the website that (roughly) translates French Blazons into English

- Restored some of the functionality on the interactive Tutorial pages (but more still to write...)

- Added some downloadable resources (the DrawShield Font and a Heraldry Colouring Book)

- Added more charges to the "Shield Builder" where you choose items from a menu. There are now about 25 different charges organised into 5 groups

- General tidy up and reorganisation of the top menu structure

This flurry of activity has all been displacement activity as it allows me to ignore a load of exam marking that I need to do for the day job but sadly I can't put that off any longer so I'll be offline for a couple of days!

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Fruit(!)

Thanks to a recent correspondent for suggesting some useful new charges. You may now use apples, lemons, strawberries and pears as charges, the first three of which may be leaved of a different tincture. I have also added spurs and the bird, quail as charges.
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September 2017 DrawShield Updates

Hello Folks! Sorry I haven't posted for a while but things have been happening behind the scenes...

Firstly, I hope that you like the new, improved website design and operation, hopefully it should be very fast as it all pre-processed HTML. Some specific recent additions are:

New Charges

I have added the following new charges:

dog, tree eradicated, greyhound (which may also be rampant or courant), duck, sheep, double-headed eagle and double-headed phoenix

Reference Section

In the reference section, the works "Parker's Heraldic Dictionary" and "The Book of Public Arms" can now be searched by entries (there are about 2,500 entries in each one). Typing any text into the search box will bring up those entries that contain the string any where in the entry title.

DrawShield Poster

As well as donating directly to DrawShield via PayPal you can now also help fund new developments by purchasing the "DrawShield.net Guide to Blazonry" poster from Zazzle worldwide. See the advertisement on every page of http://drawshield.net

Comments, on all these matters are of course welcome.

Thanks to all for your continued support and interest in DrawShield,

Kalr
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Fix for Microsoft Edge Browser

Sorry I haven't been posting for a while but I hope to do some more work on Drawshield soon! In the meantime, take a look at the attached screenshot - it may not appear very exciting but I have managed to add a "work-around" for an acknowledged bug in the Microsoft Edge browser that meant it does not display some SVG images properly. ( https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/platform/issues/5579311/ ).

However, after my fix, I am pleased to say that Drawshield now appears to work correctly in Edge..
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Donation Link for Drawshield Running Costs

Drawshield.net is free to use and I hope it always will be! My time I am happy to give freely but there are some running costs that I would appreciate your help with. The main costs are for the domain name, the server (both from ukhost4u.com), development software licences (PHPStorm, Autodesk Graphic) and the odd reference book. I calculate that these come to about £100 / $150 per year so I have added a paypal donation link to the Drawshield page.

If you can help out in any way it would be very grateful. Any excess over the annual costs will be used to fund other heraldry work, such as a proof-read and corrected versions of some of the classic English Heraldry works from archive.org. If you donate $10 or more then drop me an e-mail and I will add any new charge of your choice!

With many thanks for all the support and encouragement from the DrawShield users over the years,

Best wishes,

Karl
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New Location for the Drawshield Code

Drawshield is an Open Source project released under an Apache 2.0 license. As such, the source code must be maintained publically available. It used to be hosted on googlecode but this closed recently so I have transferred it to Github, at https://github.com/Karlywarly/drawshield-net

The code is probably of limited interest but more interesting is this issues list which I am trying to populate with the current list of bugs and development ideas. This can be found at https://github.com/Karlywarly/drawshield-net/issues and, if you have your own (free) Github account then you can add bugs and feature requests of  your own!
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