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The Eye of Horus

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Jason Z

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The Eye of Horus


I spent a little time this weekend making an icon to be associated with the Hieroglyph 3 engine. I'm no artist, so I searched the web for a few ancient Egyptian images as a reference, eventually coming up with the "Eye of Horus" as the basis for the icon. I have used Inkscape for several images in my previous writings, and have become relatively accustomed to using it when I need to... so I fired it up and spent about an hour coming up with something to use.

The resulting image (after several suggested changes by my 4 year old daughter [grin]) can be seen below:



After creating the SVG file, I exported this image as well as a 50x50 image to be used as my new avatar. This is the first step in a number of actions I will be taking to promote the engine and try to drum up some interest in it. Additional ideas will be discussed in more detail as they unfold, but I plan to begin expanding the online footprint of the library. Seriously - if I search for "open source direct3d 11", Hieroglyph 3 doesn't show up within the first 8 pages of results (I stopped looking after the 8th page...).

Part of the problem is that there is no dedicated website for the engine. I'm not really that well versed in web development, but there will have to be some type of presence created relatively soon... If anyone has suggestions on how and what to use to build/host a website to provide downloads, images, and video links I would greatly appreciate it! Any suggestions on what not to use are also interesting for me - since I don't have a bunch of time to spend off in the weeds...

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Thanks for the comments guys - I'll be adding more details on the future of the library in the coming weeks, and I'm looking forward to seeing how things turn out...
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