OK, as promised, ShapeShop B2 is available on the download page, just in time for DemoCamp16. There aren’t any major new features in this one, I just found (and fixed) some pretty major problems in the file loader. If you have saved models that weren’t loading properly before, they might load now. (And if you have saved models that used to load and don’t, well, drop me a line).
There is one change that you might notice. It seems like one of the hardest things for new ShapeShop users to understand is that if they make a stroke they don’t want to use, they have to clear it, otherwise the system is going to try to add it to the next stroke they draw. Essentially, once a stroke is drawn, the system goes into “drawing mode” until all the strokes are cleared. To try and get this message across, I’ve added some feedback – the 3D view is tinted red whenever there are any existing strokes. I tried to make the effect as subtle as possible, while also making it impossible for a new user to miss. I’ve had it turned on for a month or so, and barely notice it anymore, so….you’ll get used to it =).