This is an option for artists when uploading, which we are planning to set as a default today. Thank you for the feedback!
anipan has been open for five days now, and during this time we have been listening very closely to your feedback. In this blog, we’re announcing several new functions that have just been integrated into anipan, which are a response to the feedback we’ve received during the beta release.
One of our goals is to make it ever-more difficult for people to steal artwork and claim it as their own. This might sound like a conflict of interest when we’re working so hard to present artwork in higher resolutions than ever, but we’re proposing a few ways to deal with it.
We started with the magnify overlay, which was introduced during the alpha release last month.
路地裏のおとしもの by 仮眠
On the outside, it might appear to be strictly a nifty way to zoom into detail – and it kind of is. You can dive into the artwork to enjoy the artist’s ultra-fine brush strokes, clothing details, and things you simply can’t see in a compressed, scaled-down image. When you visit an exhibition or gallery, you can almost get away with pressing your face against the artwork – and we’re doing our best to capture that here.
What might not be evident is what’s actually going on behind the scenes. When you zoom into an image like the one above, you’re actually seeing many small images arranged side-by-side to give the illusion of a huge piece of artwork. When an artist uploads their work in high resolution, the original piece is sliced up by one of our servers – making it much more difficult for people to snatch the source file. Plus, because we’ve put all of this behind a small viewing window (which fortunately works wonders for peering into the image), it makes it extremely difficult and tedious to screenshot and piece together the high-resolution image. And as a bonus, right-clicking on the image won’t get you anywhere.
With a reduced risk of theft, our aim is to give you, as an artist, more confidence in uploading your higher resolution artwork.
We’ve also made share buttons standard. Why? Because people are going to share artwork anyway, wherever it appears. And if the artwork is going to be shared, it’s only right that the original author should be credited for the piece, with a return link included.
When artwork is shared, you’ll see a notice appear on the page for that piece. In the next update to the anipan café, artists will be able to track who shared it – and we’re working on trying to track exactly where it was shared.
For artists who are less interested in showing their artwork in high resolutions and more interested in security, we’ve just released two new updates:
Gray by bao
When uploading artwork, you now have the option to give right-clickers a surprise. When a piece of artwork is right clicked, dragged onto a desktop, or saved in some other way, the saved version will contain a permanent url for that piece, your user id# (since usernames can change, whereas your id# is fixed), the anipan logo, and a subtle copyright symbol in the center of the image. The image is also slightly reduced in size – a maximum resolution of 750 pixels in width, rather than 1,000. Plus, the filename includes information about where to find you.
We decided not to disable right click, because we believe it will encourage people to screenshot your artwork. The above method increases the chance of your credit being maintained when the artwork is saved to an art appreciator’s hard drive or uploaded elsewhere.
Goldfish Bride by Naguri
If you prefer, you can set the image that displays on anipan to be the watermarked version, giving your artwork the smallest chance of being taken and re-used elsewhere without credit.
Art theft is something that cannot be avoided. There are tools out there to remove watermarks, there are very patient people who will screenshot your image pixel-by-pixel, there are some who will scan your 300dpi art books and prints, and there are those who will take photos of works in exhibitions.
However, the average art thief is an opportunist – if they have to spend more than a few seconds trying to take a piece of artwork, they won’t bother. That’s why we’re working so hard to establish barriers between art thieves and unaltered artwork, making it much harder to steal artwork posted at anipan. If art thieves know it’s easier to steal artwork posted at other art sites, perhaps they’ll go there instead.
Our suggestion is just to enjoy being an artist and have confidence in posting your artwork to anipan. We’ll do our very best to continue stamping down on things while presenting your artwork beautifully.
For the record:
Copyright infringement, including tracing (which should not be permitted anywhere), is strictly prohibited at anipan. If you see it, please help us out and click the “report artwork” link below the piece’s related works.
So, today we launched anipan… and here’s what was going on at HQ!
At around 12:15 PM, we ran into tedious problems with our image server, forcing us to shut things down for maintenance much earlier than expected. We managed to get everything sorted out, with anipan back up and running before long, but it’s a shame that we weren’t able to continue live closed beta testing for another hour or two before closing the site off.
At 4 PM, when anipan released, things seemed to be going well. Our servers were coping, although dealing with far more traffic than expected… but as time went on and word began to get out to more and more people, we began to hit a ceiling.
Our fresh servers, despite their trials, just couldn’t stand up to the onslaught of new users, file uploads, and general number crunching. We didn’t anticipate anything nearly as grand as the turnout that anipan received, and as a result, this team of two spent the next 6 hours madly doing everything possible to keep things flowing: increasing bandwidth, re-routing traffic, tweaking the servers, and pleading with the folks at our datacenter (fortunately they were sympathetic).
Although there have been hiccups here and there since, we’ve been able to refine our servers so that they are much better at coping with large levels of traffic. We’ve tweaked our image and task servers to be lightning fast, no matter the load, we’ve improved upload speeds for larger files, and we’ve installed more failsafes in case something happens.
I apologise that things didn’t go a little smoother, but it definitely was an experience! We made it through our first day and have come out prepared for just about anything. That’s what open betas are all about, right?!
Thank you to everybody who participated, and we look forward to seeing you again tomorrow! Be sure to look out for this week’s features, which include the café, id card sharing, blogs, and cross-posting to deviantART and Twitter. And of course, we’ll have plenty of bug fixes.
We’re finally here. August 20th – anipan’s release date.
- In September 2011, anipan’s back-end began construction from pixiv’s office in Tokyo.
- In April 2012, we started a crowd-funding campaign at Indiegogo. We met our funding goal of $25,000 on May 20th, 2012.
- In July 2012, an early version of anipan was released to a small group of closed alpha testers. It’s been evolving in front of the eyes of these people ever since.
We couldn’t have got this far without each and every one of you. Today is a very special day for us, and we hope it’s one that you’ll remember, too.
- 6:00 AM PDT: Early access begins for people who have pre-registered
- 2:00 PM PDT Scheduled downtime for new feature updates
- 4:00 PM PDT: The anipan open beta is released
Today’s new features:
- anipan +: connect and cross-post your artwork to Tumblr and deviantART
- Friend locator: easily find friends and get rewarded for inviting people
- Draw over: a new way to interact with and critique artwork
- Café: a feed of activity from people you follow and who interact with you
- Comment replies
- Forgot password function
- Avatar uploading via file boxes
- ID card sharing
- Better support for IE9
- Plenty of bug fixes
And remember – each of anipan’s first members will get a 4-digit id#, like the one above.
Join us for the celebration as anipan, the next-generation international community for artists, makes its public debut today at 4 PM PDT!
anipan will be launching on Monday 20th August at around 4:00 PM PST – that’s less than 24 hours away!
Can’t wait until tomorrow to join anipan? Then make sure you check the Twitter account, @anipancom, at 6:00 PM PST this evening!
If you’re having problems claiming your reserved id#, then please follow these instructions before contacting us:
1. If you have reserved an id#, visit anipan.com/id and sign in. You will find a ten-character-long code next to your reserved id# (above the large selection area). Copy this code.
2. Visit anipan.com, and click “use invitation.”
3. Paste the copied code into the box which says “id# code.” Do not enter your actual id# in this box, but the 10-character-long code.
4. Paste your alpha or beta invitation code into the first box. If you did not receive an email, then you will have to contact me.
5. From there, enter your email and password, and you’re done!
I hope this helps. If you’re still stuck then please drop me an email – megan@[that new art site]
Would you like to join the anipan beta?
Up until launch, we’re giving away three codes at a random minute of every hour.
Just visit anipan.com and check back every so often!
Good luck, and see you there!
You are now able to pre-register for anipan, a new and unique community for artists which launches on August 20th!
To pre-register, visit anipan.com.
Can’t wait to see you there!
What is anipan? It’s a new and unique community for artists with features that include:
- Simple drag-and-drop uploading;
- Cross-posting of your artwork to other social networks;
- Paintchat and collaborate in real-time with friends;
- Strong copyright prevention of high-resolution works;
- A carefully designed interface focussed on showcasing your artwork beautifully.
We’ve given away all of our codes for the alpha. Thanks for participating!
The anipan private beta launches this Sunday (August 5th).
anipan launches into private beta this Sunday, but you can try it now with an alpha invitation code!
What is anipan? It’s a new and unique community for artists with features such as:
- Simple drag-and-drop uploading;
- Cross-posting to other social networks and art communities, such as Tumblr, Twitter, and deviantART;
- Mouse-over detail view;
- Paintchat and collaborate with friends;
- Stronger copyright prevention against high-resolution works;
- Carefully designed to showcase your artwork beautifully.
All done! Check in at our Tumblr this time tomorrow (1PM PST) for another chance to win alpha codes.
5 bonus codes:
To use a code, visit http://www.anipan.com and enter it into the alpha invitation box. Please note that drag and drop uploading is not yet working in Safari and handwriting is not yet working in Firefox, so we recommend using Chrome for the alpha.
(Please note that if you have an id#, you will need to log in to anipan.com/id to obtain it’s code before joining)
Each code can only be used once, so if you see a new one, act fast!
Please keep an eye on our Twitter and Tumblr for more chances to join the anipan closed beta.
See you there!