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Hi Judy, first off, I want to express my condolences on the loss of your husband. That must have been a terrible blow. You have my sympathy.I'm glad you enjoyed the video. I didn't send it to you as a learning experience, of course, but so that you could have a good laugh, and it seems you did. Goal achieved! No hurries on finding the program, if you can, great, if not, great also. A manual would really help. A lot of us communicate on older puzzles, since they're so easy to find when you check the box to put them in chronological order. Others among us communicate via email. Hopefully, it won't be that for long, as I'm planning a move to Florida as soon as my house sells which, in this market, could take a long time.I've found that, for the most part, people on Jigidi are not very competitive and willingly share their secrets about kaleido-making. One or two of us have special programs that we would prefer not to share with others, since the Jigidi market is so glutted with kaleidos. But I'm certainly happy, and have done so many times in the past, to help anyone who asks for it. After all, that's how I got started, and I like to pay things forward.I have an older (read: six years) computer that has a tendency to get viruses at the blink of an eye. I tried to download Gimp and promptly got overtaken by a virus. I found a person who was a manager at Intel, and he did a screen share with me and downloaded it, only to get the virus yet again. That's why I'm so hesitant to download anything from the Internet, but a stand-along program disk would be fine. I'm kind of glad to know that Gimp is not user-friendly, although I have seen comments by others that love it. I guess it matters how much free time a person has. My time is limited, since I can only sit or stand no more than 15-20 minutes at a time. I feel sometimes like the whack-a-mole character, constantly going up and down!
Gail, I did watch the video, and I thought it was hysterical. I couldn't tell whether it was a he or she with that funny, funny voice, but toward the end it sounded male. Who knows? The funny thing was how fast he was, expecting me, who owns and works with the program almost daily, to know exactly what he was doing. Instead, my head was spinning. I tried to do one of the things and couldn't even find the option. Not a good teacher. Kids think we old ones can intuitively know everything, especially when they so thoroughly explain, ha ha. It was a mind blowing experience!I'm sorry about the kaleido stampede. I would think they would back off a bit. I was really, really late to the party and found out in a hurry that my first attempts, although spectacular to me, were not all that well received, so I backed off. I do like the one I recently made of kaleido flowers--after learning to cut them out. It turned out to be much easier than I expected. I would teach you if you had the very same program.My older version is a few versions back, but I do believe it is on disk. I will look for it. I'll need to get your mailing address somehow, but let's wait until I find it. When my husband died, we started packing all my stuff, thinking I would move. that didn't happen, but much of my stuff is still boxed. However, I do believe I saw it not long ago, so let's not give up hope. I don't know if it has the cut out feature, but I'll try to find out. Hope the manual is along with the disk, because that would really help. I went to Serif's website just now hoping they were selling earlier versions at a real discount but no. They have a free downloadable version of DrawPlus, but I have no idea how bare bones it might be. We'll see what we can do. I don't mind if you use that program, because we would never produce the same puzzle designs, and everyone's been so nice to me, I'd love to return the favor. A couple of people tried to teach me GIMP, but after I downloaded it and found out how un-user-friendly it is, I said no way. I have enough serious challenges in life!If you check back on this puzzle site, I will let you know if or when I find the disk. I doubt we'll see other comments here. If we need to exchange more private info, we can always leave comments on each other's really old puzzles. Whatnauts said that's what you guys do.Hoping to talk to you soon, my friend. Hugs!!!
That's funny, Judy, about the videos you've seen. I can't wait for you to watch the video I sent. I think it's useless, just good for a laugh.Were you serious about sending me your old program? Do you have it on a CD? If you are serious, I'd love to play around with it.I'm glad you're feeling the same way about inundation of kaleidomania. Last year, there were only several of us that were doing them, and I was actually late to the party. Kirsten (randomworship) taught me so much, and I'm forever grateful to her for her kindness and generosity. But she feels the same way about sharing at this point. Kirsten that taught so many people, including myself, and now her solves are way down as well. It's very discouraging. You know how much time it takes to create a puzzle, and to get 30 or 40 solves, it just doesn't seem worth it. You, however, have no such problems judging from your solve rates.I'd also love to know how to cut out part of an image, but I haven't been able to figure it out myself. I'd love to do some experimenting in that area to try and become more unique. I'm a klutz at learning new things, but once I get it, I run with it.
Gail, I must laugh about your assessment of the video. I will watch it, but I must tell you that it is sometimes hard to understand the accent. Also, this one guy had a barking dog in the background while yet another had the neighbor's barking dog coming in very strongly. Maybe he was telling the guy to "shut up." I thought it was funny. The guy was annoying, because he breezed through things I wanted to see. Backing up on Youtube in just the right spot is tricky at best.I will watch said video, if for no other reason that to laugh at your reaction. Maybe I'll learn something other than whether he/she has a dog. :-DAlso, I agree about the kaleidos. I just learned how to cut mine out of the background, so, sadly for you, you'll see more. However, I will incorporate them in my puzzle and will try to make them a tad interesting. I just pass by the ones that are a bit boring after the uniqueness of kaleidos wore off and we were inundated by them. I still like seeing ones that are presented decently, so you'll figure out something to do with yours. That's the challenge, so man up. haha.So, I shouldn't share my program info. Yet, I do believe you won't be jumping up to purchase. Since I was a longtime customer when ordering, I got an unbelievably good deal and already knew a few of the basics. This was before I knew about the freebies, but Gimp is Hard, hard, hard for me! I like user friendly, and they even provide manuals. I'm happy. You sure you don't want me to send you my older program????
Sorry I'm late, but I wasn't able to be on Jigidi last night. Pain in the neck or not, I will continue to solve your puzzles. I loved your joke.As an aside, when people first started putting kaleidos on Jigidi, we all shared our programs and knowledge. As a result, I have seen my solves go way down, to the point where I'm rethinking posting them, or at least trying to be more unique, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that. People need to have different kaleidos to distinguish ourselves, and I think we've all done a good job of that, but I think Jigidi's become a little kaleido'd out. I'd be a little careful if I were you in sharing the programs you use, because now I'm going to have a look at SerifDraw!Okay, I had a look, and you're not going to believe what I found:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaFYUnH5BqkI *think* the guy/gal(?) is speaking English, but I can't be sure. If you can understand it, you're a better man than I..... Anyway, I thought it might be helpful to you. It's all YOURS. I'll stick with mine, thank you very much!
your welcome, and lol
Hi Ladyslipper! I just went to your profile and saw the pictures of Dafni and perhaps another lovely pet of yours "best friend" and they look so wonderful. Glad you enjoy the companionship. Thanks for the nice comment and glad it wasn't gossip. :-))
great and fun puzzle and thats no gossip, its really true, thanks.
Gail, so sorry. A border would have helped, huh. Next time I will. I'm not accustomed to the ways of the large puzzles. Hope your neck survived! Say, did you hear about the one about the three men about to be executed by a firing squad? The first one went out and when it was time to shoot, the prisoner yelled "tornado" and when the squad turned to look, he escaped. The other two men saw this, so the 2nd man went out and yelled "flood" and he escaped also. Now the third man was all prepared. When he stood before the squad, he yelled "fire." I heard that one at church, and halfway through the sermon, I almost shouted, "Oh, I get it." Duh, I'm a bit slow with that kind of gossip.Keep having fun with puzzles and was glad to know that you enjoyed even my borderless one causing you misery, frustration, and time. Sounds awful! You sure you want to keep solving? p.s. I use SerifDraw for all but kaleidos. It's affordable and has quite a host of features. I'm finally able to understand more than just the basics but have much more to learn. Watch out jigiworld.
Oh jeez, that was TOUGH. What a pain in the neck. Miserable. Frustrating. Time-consuming. Exhausting. There went 1:02:48 of my evening. But I loved every second of it! Super puzzle, Judy, especially in this size. You are so creative; I love whatever program you're using to make the 3D effects. Do you think next time you might consider making a border, even if it's a very thin one? It makes it so much easier for me to do the large puzzles. It can cut my time my ten minutes or more.
A priest, a rabbi and a cowboy walk into a bar ... oh, wait a minute, that's a joke, not gossip. Nope, don't have any gossip today! But I am starting this bear of a puzzle now. At least I'll get the border in now.
Thanks Dannielle in New York. I'm so glad you like my puzzle. Say, have you heard any good gossip? Boy could I give you some juicy morsels! :-)) I'm Judy in New Mexico.
Nice Puzzle, Loved the bright colors and the triangles, thanks
Gail, I'm confused. Do you prefer somewhere around 200 pieces? I made this size just for you and saw that my last triangle puzzle was about this size per your request. Help?? I want my friend to be happy. Yes, I do like you and would be honored to spend even more time together. this one is really popular in the small sizes, so I guess I'll do more repeats from time to time. I love making them. I just had no idea this design would be worth repeating except for your wonderful request. I need to listen to you! Have a great time and wish we could do it together; it's too big for me alone.
Judy, I was going to ask you to if you wouldn't mind posting this with about 200 or so pieces. But the more I looked at this delightful puzzle, the more I decided I'm going to solve it. You'd better like me, because now you're going to be part of my life for an hour and a half! Thanks so much.