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  • (2021-02-25) Manual There is now a manual! It’s very much under construction, but will become more complete with time.

  • (2021-02-25) Directory Deletion

    You can now delete folders and all of their contents in one step. Just select a single folder and cmd-delete. The full folder will go into the Trash and you can move it out by dragging. I tried to build in as many checks as possible to make sure you can’t accidentally delete things you don’t mean to, but file a bug report immediately if there are any unintended consequences.

  • (2021-02-24) Built-in Image Sets

    You can now load a few built-in image sets under the File menu.

  • (2018-2021) Stuff

    I did a lot of work on WebMorph in these years, especially the 3D functions, but did a poor job of documenting it.

  • (2018-05-11) Create TPS Files

    You can now create a TPS file for selected images and templates by selecting them and choosing Create TPS File from the Template menu.

  • (2018-04-26) Automatic Delineation

    I’ve switched the automatic delineation to Face++. You can batch auto-delineate all selected images in the Finder window or auto-delineate single images in the Delineation window.

  • (2018-02-25) Image Grids

    Image grids (under the Tools menu) had stopped working. They’re now fixed.

  • (2018-02-15) Batch Function bug fixed

    There was a bug that deleted the first line of batch transforms and batch edits. It’s fixed.

  • (2018-02-04) Masked Scrambles

    You can now scramble inside of a mask, rathe than choosing set squares to scramble. Choose a mask style or set the mask colour from the top left corner of the image.

  • (2018-02-01) Masking Colour from Image Patch

    In the batch align, rotate, crop and mask functions, you can now specify the masking colour from an image patch by defining the coordinates of the top left and bottom right corners of the path. For example, if you want to match the median colour of the top 10 rows of pixels, set the patch coordinates to 0, 0 and 2000, 10 (if you set the coordinates outside the range of the image size, it will default to the width of the image).

  • (2018-01-29) Batch Functions

    I’ve made several updates to batch functions so they are easier to use. You can now also upload your batch files as tab-delimited .txt files and load them by double-clicking them in the finder.

  • (2017-06-19) Dragging Finder Files

    I’ve reinstated drag and drop, but will probably refine this in the future to get webmorph to work better with touch screens.

  • (2017-06-19) Various Bug Fixes

    • Fit points move with the image if you zoom during 3-point delineation.

    • Tem files are updated in the finder when you save a new delineation.

    • The refresh button has been moved away from the save button on the delineation page to prevent accidental refreshes.

    • Checkboxes were not showing as checked in Firefox on Windows. I think they’re fixed now.

    • 3-point delineation can now be undone/redone.

  • (2017-03-10) Dragging Finder Files

    Dragging files in the finder to move them between folders was causing too many glitches, especially with touch screens, so I’ve removed this function. You can still move files between folders by selecting them, copying (C) or cutting (X) under the Edit menu, and pasting (V) into the new folder. In the Average and Transform windows, double-click on the image boxes to load selected images.

  • (2017-02-27) 3D Images

    WebMorph now has limited support for 3D faces. You can upload OBJ files and associated BMP or JPEG textures and view them in the delineator. You can also morph between two objects that have the same geometry. I will add further functions soon. New projects contain example OBJs if you want to have a play.

  • (2017-02-14) Masking Transparency and Blur

    Transparency has been fixed in the masks and blur works better now. Transparency with blur still looks a bit odd, so I would keep blur to 0 or 1 on images with transparency. As always, masks are smoother on bigger images, but take longer.

  • (2017-02-13) Reverse Masking

    There is now a checkbox in the batch masking interface to specify a reverse mask.

  • (2017-02-13) Scrambling

    I fixed some glitches in the scrambling interface. You can now make very fine grid scrambles and the offset works correctly. You can also create symmetric scrambles, where the scramble order on the left side of the image mirrors the scramble order on the right side of the image.

  • (2017-02-12) Keyboard Shortcuts

    I had to remove several keyboard shortcuts because they were incompatible with some web browsers. I also removed most of the keyboard shortcuts for batch functions. Do let me know if you have an idea for a useful new keyboard shortcut.

  • (2017-02-12) Batch Transforms

    Batch transforms now handle comma-separated lists and relative file names. Percent symbols (%) are now optional in the shape, color, and texture columns.

  • (2017-02-12) File history

    File histories are now saved and displayed in a way that is easier to read and replicate.

  • (2017-01-10) URL Hash

    Added methods to keep selected files and folders in the Finder window between page reloads.

  • (2017-01-06) Fixed Template Editing

    Some of the template editing functions were broken because of other changes. These should be fixed now.

  • (2016-09-06) Template Visualization

    You can now visualize templates and save them as PNG files with the Visualize Template (D) command under the Batch menu..

  • (2016-08-22) Project size listing

    I updated how the project sizes load so that initial loading of the project list is faster.

  • (2016-08-17) Delete Projects

    You can now delete projects if you are the owner. Please be careful; it is not easy to undelete projects.

  • (2016-07-14) Light Table

    You can turn on the Light Table under the View menu to compare images dragged onto the Light Table. Double-click on images to remove them.

  • (2016-06-11) Touch Compatibility

    WebMorph is now more compatible with touch devices. Let me know if there is anything you can’t do on a touch device.

  • (2016-06-11) Batch Edit

    There is a new Batch function called Batch Edit (E). You can align, resize, rotate, crop, mask, symmetrise and/or mirror images in a single step from a batch script. I’ve also provided demo scripts for batch edit, batch average, and batch transform. Just download them and open them in Excel.

  • (2016-06-11) Finder Loading

    The finder shouldn’t reload all of the time and should load images from the queue as they are made. There are definitely a few bugs, so just refresh (R) the finder if your file structure doesn’t look right.

  • (2016-04-20) Read-Only Project Members

    Projects can now have read-only members. Click on the A or R next to a project member’s name to toggle their access permission. I have not yet thoroughly checked that read-only members cannot make any destructive project changes, so please be careful and only add project members you trust.

  • (2016-04-20) Template Conversions

    Template conversions can now handle templates without images. We also added a new template: the 129-point template from Scott et al. 

    1. PLoS One for use in Geometric MorphoMetric analyses. I also fixed some bugs with the new file namer for batch functions.
  • (2016-04-14) Scrambles

    Check out the new batch scrambling function!

  • (2016-04-14) Downloadable Delineation Images

    If you right-click on a delineation in the Delineation window, you can now see a contextual menu to download SVG files of the delineation (all, lines only, points only, or numbered points). Open this file in a text editor to see how easily you can change the line and points colours and widths. Drag the file into a web browser to view it.

  • (2016-04-13) Messages

    Now development messages are only shown once per account, so you don’t have to close them every time you reload the page. I’ve also made a lot of small changes to tidy up the code. Let me know if it breaks anything.

  • (2016-04-08) Multiple Directory Functions

    You can now select folders and apply batch functions (and deletion) to several folders at once. You can also bypass the
    confirmation dialog when deleting files and folders by using or -backspace. This is likely to be a little buggy at first, so make sure you back up your important files regularly (which you should already be doing).

  • (2016-04-06) Continuum and Grid

    I fixed several bugs in the continuum and grid transforms. I also added a new batch function for multiple continua (e.g., morph from A to B to C to D…). Watch out, it might still be a bit buggy.

  • (2016-04-04) Account Registration

    Account registration is now done automatically through the website and account requests are put on a wait list.

  • (2016-03-21) Project Size

    Project sizes are now only calculated once at the beginning of a session and after changes are made to the project. This prevents long delays when switching between the project window and other windows.

  • (2015-11-15) Making Averages

    You can now drag files to the average face in the Average Window to add them to an average. This is useful if you want to average images from more than one folder. You can also include the same image more than once. The first image in the list provides the height and width for the average image and also the coordinates for 2-point or rigid-body alignment.

  • (2015-11-10) Projects

    Your files are now organised into shareable projects. For now:

    • All group members can add and delete both members and files.

    • Any WebMorph user can be added to a project by their email or name.

    • The original owner cannot be removed from the project.

    • The original owner is the only person who can delete a project.

    • All files in a project count towards the project owner’s space allocation.

    • Contact Lisa to change your space allocation.

    • If you are over your space allocation, you will not be able to save or upload files until you delete things (and empty your trash).

    I am planning to add permissions for project members so you can have read-only members, but that might take some time, so make sure you trust the people you add to a project. As always, please back up important projects by downloading and saving the files.

  • (2015-10-17) Changes to file deletion

    Deleted files are now moved to a Trash folder that is viewable through the View menu. The ability to empty the trash folder will be added soon.

  • (2015-10-02) Changes to the delineation interface

    The Kinetic library had been causing many crashes, so I’ve removed that and now the delineations are done somewhat differently. This won’t cause much difference for most users, apart from some cosmetic changes in cross and line highlighting. For now, deleting lines is no longer possible (although you can still undo them if you’re creating a new template).

  • (2015-01-06) Changes to averaging and transforming

    1. The functions that average and transform images have been re-written. For the most part, you won’t notice any difference.

    2. Estimated processing times for manual (not batch) averages and transforms are given in the footer now. These will become more accurate as I collect more data.

    3. You can now create larger averages (bigger image size and/or more images per average). As I collect more data, I will add a function to warn you if averages are likely to fail.

    4. Fixed a bug that prevented queue items from being cleared, paused, or restarted.

  • (2014-11-21) Decreased initial loading time

    I’ve put in place a temporary fix to help accounts with >1000 images that have been experiencing very slow loading times and warnings about unresponsive scripts. The initial loading time is now 1-5 seconds to get your image list from the server (this depends on current server load) and an additional ~1 second per 2000 images to display them. The side effects of these changes are that:

    1. Column width in the finder window is no longer flexible and sized to the contents, but fixed at 200 pixels. (changed back 2015-01-06)

    2. The average and transform windows no longer only show images that have a tem file. If you choose an image that has no tem, you won’t get a warning message, but your average will not include that image. If you try to transform using an image with no tem file, the transform will fail and you will get a blank error window. I’ll fix this so you get appropriate warnings as soon as possible, but I am very busy until mid-December.

  • (2014-07-21) Delineation Improvements

    Use + and - to increase or decrease the size of a selected group of delineation points.

  • (2014-06-15) Queue

    Batch transformations are now placed in a queue, where they can complete in the background and be paused and restarted. [2014-11-21: Pausing seems to be broken. This is on my to-do list.]

  • (2014-05-22) Template changes and menu reorganisation

    I’m reorganising the menu items, so their location and shortcuts will be changing a bit over the next few weeks. I’m also trying to make it easier to manage multiple template styles.

  • (2014-05-07) Major upgrade

    Most of the changes are behind the scenes to improve security and stability.

    1. Secure image storage so your images are not accessible by anyone except you when you are logged into your account

    2. More secure password storage

    3. Upload and save images as JPG, PNG or GIF. (PNGs lose transparency when transformed)

    4. Better batch functions for renaming, aligning, cropping, resizing, masking, symmetrising, mirroring, modifying delineations, and calculating facialmetrics

    5. You can save your own facialmetric equations

    6. Better support for multiple delineation types

  • (2013-11-17) Major interface change

    The array of images in the Average and Transform windows have been replaced by the Finder. This required a major change to almost all functions, so please let me know when you find remaining bugs. You can now save new averages and transforms by dragging them into the Finder.

  • (2013-11-12) Webcam Upload

    From any folder in the finder, select File > Webcam Upload (W) to use your webcam to take a picture, name it and save it.

  • (2013-11-10) Batch rename

    Select files in the finder and select Actions > Batch Rename (N) to add a prefix, suffix, index, and multiple search and replace.

  • (2013-11-01) Drag and drop file moving

    Try dragging selected files (as many as you want) or folders (one folder at a time for now) into another folder