i’m developing an online collaborative project management for those who want to make movies. Essentially it’s a online/multiuser clone of the famous Celtx, modified for animation 2d/3d films.
Actually is hosted by a friend/collaborator at this url: matpen.blogsite.org
I need someone to test it and/or tell me addings/modifies to make the program complete for what you need in animation film making (essentially when projects need a workgroup collaboration).
a little intro and notes:
the system runs perfectly only in mozilla firefox (on other browsers it has some css/js incompatibility)
some parts of thee program is to be completed (so it is partially functional) waiting for some feedback
after login or registration (no confirmation mail required for now: direct registration) you’ll see the main interface (in picture) with on the left the projects panel subdivided into 4 sections: projects you already collaborate, projects with other staff, projects waiting for a staff and completed projects.
U can propose your projects (creating one: it will be started in “wait for staff” state) and populating it with contents
U can candidate yourself to a collaboration into projects started or in waiting projects using the button in project status tab (open it clicking on the project name)
proposing a projects U automatically became its project leader. Leaders can do anything in their projects, also accepts candidatures, assign permissions, etc.
depending of what U can do on the project (your permissions), any of the contains a series of subsections.
(documents, production assets and rendering tokens are actually under development/testing)
PROJECT STATUS: status and info about the project (site, annotations, users collaborating, etc).
-WORKFLOW: Gantt diagram with nested tasks, dependencies, milestones, etc.
CONCEPTS: auto-grouping concept collector, it groups uploaded concept for the related entity, create on-the-fly thumbnail and collect info about the entity (description, function, goals to reach, plan to achieve goals, background) to better create characters and location sheets.
STORYBOARDS: auto-grouping storyboard container with 4 view layout (thumbs, list, grid and slideshow, it group in scene and autosort boards. contains action, dialogs and description notes.
REFERENCES: pseudo file manager to manage files (here references & medias, but the same will be used to manage production assets). downloading files (also with multiselection) will generate a compressed unique file and dowload it. uploading files u can’t overwrite anithing: all uploaded files are stored in a temporary location, waiting for leaders approvation. also any file can be versioned.
that’s all (folks :P) for now.
i’ll wait for your feedback (any is appreciated)… let’s make this software a complete groupware authoring system.
PS. this is all under GPL license and work also in local networks with only Apache+PHP. no databases or external software needed.
Seems really interesting but I’m testing a bit and I’m not certain what to do with it. Definitely needs a good tutorial to begin with.
I also have to say that it takes an eternity to load “Loading content Please wait” …
Thanks for sharing and for your efforts.
There is a big help button on the upper right of the screen.
The slowness is because it doesn’t rely on a database. So, it’s a tradeoff, I guess. When the application gets more mature, I’m sure there will be more consideration for caching and other performance improvements. The old 80% | 20% rule.