Change Log

This page provides details on the current release of the DrawShield image creation program. Minor bugfixes and updates can be found on the Error Reports page.

Release 2.6p / Website Build 325 and above

Quarterings of 4, 5, 6, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49 and 64 are now supported. You don’t have to specify the number if you don’t want to; the program will count your quarters and repeat them as necessary to fill up to the nearest size. You can use ordinal numbers, cardinal numbers, words, roman numerals or letters (‘a’ to ‘z’, then ‘aa’ to ‘zz’ then ‘aaa’ to ‘fff’) but remember to mark all your quarter numberings with a trailing closing bracket ‘)’.

The other big change is to the website page. Recognising that entering lots of quarterings is a major exercise I have made the following changes:

  • You can upload a text file containing a blazon and have that drawn
  • The blazon entry text area is now a full fledged editor and will grow as required to show all of your blazon
  • Primitive syntax highlighting has been added, I hope to improve this further soon. (You can also turn it off if you don’t like it.)
  • The program is now “line aware” and will report most errors by reference to the line number
  • The program now supports various commenting styles both in files and in the blazon entry area, namely:
    • ‘C’ style in-line comments /* this is a comment */
    • ‘C++’ style comments // comment to end of line
    • Hash comments # comment to end of line
    • (Also, everything enclosed in any matching brackets is currently ignored THIS MAY CHANGE IN FUTURE)

Additional things that I would like to add soon are:

    Further syntax highlighting

    ctrl-space keyword completion

    Possibly a “shield by e-mail” interface?

    Wondering whether to add a database of common arms for use in quarterings so that you can say things like quarterly 1st) and 4th) {Edward III of England} 2nd) and 3rd) {France} - I realise that curly braces are not really heraldic canon but I think I need them to avoid doing a database lookup for every combination of words

Release 2.6o

Significant changes to quarterings - see the user guide page.

  • You can now say "N more" to repeat a charge elsewhere
  • Added the charges "seagull volant", "seagull", "crystal"
  • Shield shapes!

Release 2.6n / Website Build 310 and above

  • The gallery page has been completely re-written and submissions are sought - just use the "Submit to gallery" button for consideration.
  • Added the two tincture treatment "pied"
  • Made the image credits more prominent, to better acknowledge the many who have artistic skills way beyond mine. Also did the same with links into the Heraldic Dictionary.
  • Additional pictures of cake

Release 2.6m / Website Build 303 and above

  • Improved handling of charges with lots of modifiers. You are now warned if a modifier (such as "guardant", "dormant" etc.) cannot be drawn. The program will do its best to find a similar charge with as many of the requested modifiers as it can.
  • Many internal code changes to bring source file names in line with the functionality they now provide.
  • You can now modify the blazon when reporting errors.
  • I have added another button to allow you submit your creations in the "gallery", which I will be updating and making more prominent.
  • More charges have been added, and those that were only used as "component parts" have been removed from the parts finder to avoid confusion. New charges include alphyn, plough, ploughshare, wing, badger's head and various poses of the bear.

Release 2.6l / Website Build 253 and above

  • The parts finder contains a lot of data so is now loaded on demand. Added an "add" button which appends the current selection to the blazon. Not guaranteed to be valid.
  • The Drawing Options are also loaded on demand and the available colour schemes have been updated to cover a subset of those now available.
  • Drawing options can now be selected in the blazon itself (overriding whatever is set in the options dropdown). For more details see the options page in the user guide
  • Added ordinaries crancelin and trimount
  • Added charges alchemical symbols, kangaroo, flail and annulets interlaced interlaced
  • Added the tinctures iron, bronze, copper, lead, steel, white, buff, red-ochre yellow-ochre and crimson. Depending on the colour scheme that you chose these may or may not be identical to existing tinctures.
  • Various other bug fixes and new variant spellings

Release 2.6k

Added the ability to "tweak" the size and position of charges through the keyword 'shown'. Explained further in the user guide section on Charge Adjustments

Release 2.6j

Added quarterings of quarterings, see the marshalling page in the user guide for full details

Release 2.6i

  • A number of additional spellings have been added and minor bugs in charges fixed, see the error reports / twitter feed for details
  • The Playing Card theme pack has been added.

Release 2.6h

  • Many charges have been added, see the Parts Finder on the create page.

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