Word Balloons and Speech Bubbles Start Here!

superLameRetinaScreenshot001That’s right folks. We’ve finally released an iPhone version of the SuperLame app. Now you can create comic balloon photos on the go.

While it’s not quite as feature rich as the web app we’re working hard to add features and updates. Download it today and let us know what you think and what we can do to make it better. Thanks.

Get the app on the Apple App Store here.

happy anniversary superlameCan you believe it’s already been a year since SuperLame as we all know it today was launched? Yeah, I know, me either. Anyway, hopefully this year we’ll be adding some pretty big new features to the site.

Unfortunately we had to start with replacing some of the fonts in the app due to the “good” folks at BlamBot, who before today didn’t know SuperLame even existed. You see, we contacted them to see if they’d like to make some kind of trade for some of their pro fonts to help make SuperLame just that much better. However, instead of any deal, they responded with a bill. They’ve said that even though SuperLame is non-profit, the fact that we embedded a couple of their free fonts into our app means we owe for distribution and embed licensing, at $400 each font.

Well, I don’t have that kind of scratch, so I’ve had to replace those fonts with some “real” free fonts. While they may not look quite the same, everything still functions and we’ll try to keep up the high quality you’ve come to expect from SuperLame.

Thanks for your support and for choosing SuperLame for all your comic balloon needs

Along with a little bit of a streamlined “redesign” kinda thing (this is not version 2.0, yet), we’ve added Comic Style Sound FX (effects). You know, the stuff like, “Whammy!”, “KaPow!”, “Boom!”. The stuff that made the old batman show so great, okay, funny not great. Anyway, you can add these Sound FX to your pictures now. Whoohoo! Hey, that could be one. You can add whatever word you like just by double clicking on the text once you’ve added it to your photo. Hope you like the new features and the new style. Let us know what you think and stay tuned for more updates. Enjoy!

Spread the word (Balloons)!

Facebook just got SuperLame!

August 23rd, 2008

superlame facebook appWell, looks like people kinda like this Facebook thing. So, we here at SuperLame have decided to further everybody’s comic balloon happiness with a brand new SuperLame Facebook app. That’s right, all you Facebook users out there can now take advantage of all the SuperLamey goodness right from your Facebook account. Better yet, it’s still just as free as always.

Check it out and let us know what you think. http://apps.facebook.com/superlame

Superlame! Friends Plus freemium features chartWe’re happy to announce an upcoming extension of the SuperLame! comic balloon services. Check out the chart for a quick glance at what we’ll be adding. Most importantly, SuperLame! will be adding storage and gallery features. Some other notable features include: easy sharing so you can quickly and easily link or embed your pictures anywhere on the web, you’ll get your very own premium space on SuperLame! as well, with a custom name at http://www.superlame.com/yournamehere. You’ll also be getting a number of other features we haven’t exactly pinned down yet, you know the whole beta thing and all.

So, what’s all this gonna cost you? How about a million dollars? No, too high? Ha, now anything lower will sound good! Muwah, ha, ha, ha! Okay, you know what, how about you just donate something, $5 or more a year and we’ll give you all of these great extras, plus any and all the new features we continue to add and come up with. That’s it, whatever you want to donate, starting at $5/year. Don’t let that stop you from donating more if you really want to however.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. What’s this service called? Well, “SuperLame! Friends Plus”, or just “SuperLame! Plus”. It’s like friends with benefits or something along those lines. Let us know what you think.

Right, and finally, we’ll be trying to give back to those that help us. You help us, we help you. You see, in addition to getting all the great new features for donating, you’ll also have the opportunity to get promotion of your own on SuperLame! That means, if you opt in, you can get your site, blog, pictures, name, art, product, whatever, promoted on SuperLame! We will have exceptions and we are partial to pictures and photos.

Thanks for using SuperLame! for all your comic balloon needs!

Money Eats Sites Like SuperLame!Okay, so, generally people like what SuperLame! does. We’ve gotten a lot of great press as well as many positive emails and comments. We really appreciate all the great feedback. That said, there’s currently no money being made, at least not enough to justify the existence of SuperLame!, add features, and improve the experience as a whole.

So, we’re looking at areas to continue SuperLame! while making at least enough money to run it. We want to know what you, the user, thinks about some of the options. Here’s a brief description of some of the options we could try.

SHOP

Create and sell branded and custom products, like t-shirts, stickers, photo prints, etc. We have recently launched a limited shop on SuperLame! Optimally, finding a company, something like CafePress, to partner with, and have products manufactured/made/printed on a per order basis.

FREEMIUM

You’ve probably seen a number of businesses take this model lately, at least in the web 2.0 world, (Flickr, Picnik). The idea is to offer a completely free basic or at least limited version of your product/service. Then, offset that by charging a small monthly/yearly/whatever fee to people willing to pay for an enhanced or improved experience with more features in a premium version.

DONATION

Offer everything for free and hope people appreciate it so much that they support it out of the kindness of their hearts. Also, begging can’t hurt.

AD SUPPORTED

You may have noticed some people around the internet using “banner ads”. These can be placed everywhere and anywhere. Most of the problems with these are the yielding of a very small income to large annoyance ratio.

SPONSORED

Find companies and individuals selling or promoting something. Sell them the opportunity to customize the SuperLame! site/app with such things as, custom backgrounds, limited edition features (special speech bubbles, extra fonts, etc.), initial branded pictures and photos to play with.

These are some of the we’re currently looking into at SuperLame! and we’d really like to hear from the community as to what you would like us to pursue. I have to say, we’re currently leaning toward the Freemium model. If you have any other options we should consider or advise please don’t hesitate to comment on this post or contact us. Thanks.

Buy Speech Bubble Shirts and StickersThere’s a new way to support SuperLame! and get something cool in the process. We’ve just launched the SuperLame! Shop.

At the moment you can buy a t-shirt with your custom made SuperLame! picture on it; t-shirt with the sweet SuperLame! icon logo on it; stickers with your custom made SuperLame! picture; or stickers of the SuperLame! icon logo. That’s just what we have right now, we’re going to try and get even more stuff to offer as soon as possible.

All you’ve got to do to get your own custom printed stuff is: 1) Create a SuperLame! comic picture. 2) Once you’ve saved it, click on the ‘shop’ icon on the top of the page. 3) Choose the stuff you want, fill out your shipping/billing info and payment info. 4) Wait for your awesome stuff. 5) Receive and enjoy your new awesome stuff.

Sorry international visitors, but the service is currently limited to the United States.

Brand new SuperLame Word Balloon Icon LogoIn an effort to improve everything SuperLame! we have a new “icon-ish” logo design. You may have noticed it on the homepage. It’s not going to replace the “SuperLame!” word logo, instead it will be used in places the full word logo cannot. Shirts anyone? Anyway, hope everyone likes it. Thanks for all the support and donations.

What do you think of the new logo? Leave a comment.

Cali Lewis from Geekbrief TVIf you’re a tech head like me you may have already seen that SuperLame has hit the big time. The always super (never lame) and bubbly host of Geekbrief, Cali Lewis, has given SuperLame a resounding endorsement. If you watch the Geekbrief TV daily tech video podcast you’ve probably already seen it as it aired (do podcasts air?) on Friday, June 6th near the end of episode 371. It was, well, brief, so if you missed it, I’m embedding the full episode on this post, enjoy (I got goosebumps when I saw it).

The coolest part was that she actually mentions what I wrote about the development process. If you didn’t already know, the SuperLame web tool was made using only the trial version of Adobe’s Flash CS3, within the first eight days to be precise. I’d really like to add features and continue to make improvements, however, the trial has ended and like she said, I’m hoping to pay for the full version of Flash with donations. Heck, even if you’re someone in a postion to donate Flash that would be awesome too. Maybe Adobe is reading this right now and wants to support SuperLame with some free software, eh? I’m just throwing it out there. Oh, and thanks to anyone that donates and helps support SuperLame.

A big special thanks to everyone at Geekbrief!

SuperLame! LabsWhat is SuperLame! Labs you ask? Well, it’s a place we’ll be updating periodically with information about all the great new stuff we’re working on here at SuperLame!. We’ll try to let everyone know what upcoming features we’re workingon and more.

Labs will also have various SuperLame! Experiments we do that may not necessarily be implemented into the full functionality of the site anytime soon, if ever. In addition we’ll try to provide some tutorials, examples, and source for certain projects when we can. Sharing is caring baby!

So, if you’re interested in the future of SuperLame! or some of the inner workings, give it a look. Hope you enjoy the new SuperLame! Labs. Later.

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