PatternPaint allows you to create animations for your Blinky device. Preview your changes in real-time, and save your animations to the blinky for playback without a computer!
Just run the installer after it’s downloaded and follow the prompts. Note: This installer also includes drivers for the BlinkyTape and BlinkyTile controller. (Not necessary on other operating systems.)
Open the installer and drag PatternPaint into your Applications folder.
Download the image, give it write permissions, then double-click to run it.
Older versions of PatternPaint are available here.
PatternPaint provides some simple tools for drawing your own patterns. To get started, simply plug your BlinkyTape into your computer, then run PatternPaint.
Here’s an overview of the PatternPaint UI:
The drawing toolbar lets you select different tools to use to draw your image. You can use
If you have a blinky connected, it will automatically display the pattern on it. If not, you can use the output preview window to get an idea of what it will look like:
One of the best features in PatternPaint is the ability to save patterns to your Blinky for later. When you do this, the tape will play this pattern back whenever it’s plugged in to a power source.
When you’ve fine-tuned your pattern, just click the “Save to Blinky” button to save it to tape! You’ll see a progress bar, and the tape will stop for a moment — now your tape will remember its pattern after you’ve disconnected it from the computer! Or just connect again to fine-tune.
If you find that you miss the lovely default rainbow animation, PatternPaint can help you with that.
PatternPaint is written in Qt and the source code is available right here.