KineMan

Movable 3D Human Skeleton






Release Notes:
KineMan Movable 3D Human Skeleton: (Basic & Pro versions)



R17.04 (1704xx) (Currently offered as a beta release)

Pro Edition
New Bundling: Simplified Structure Six former subscription modules (Standard + 5 Options) are now consolidated into just two:
  • Standard Subscription: as before, plus 2 former Options: Save Poses & 6 DOF Body Motion

  • Advanced Option: new, incorporates former Unlimited ROM, Pose Tracing, Show& Hide Bones Options
    plus, substantial new features (see below).
Transition Plan: For current subscribers, no action/changes required. All former capabilities are available in new modules, and any subscriptions that included Unlimited ROM, Pose Tracing, & Show& Hide Bones Options will be automatically converted to an Advanced Option for a matching term, at no charge.
New Prices: < Coming soon ! >
New Features:

Animation Major new capability, allows you to create and playback animated poses.
Standard subscription allows you to
  • load saved animations
  • play/pause a timed live sequence (or ‘morph’ poses manually via slider),
  • adjust rate & repeat mode, & step thru keyframes.
Advanced Option provides tools to
  • create animations from kineman poses (current or saved) & timing parameters
  • edit the animations (add/delete/reorder poses, change timing), with undo/redo feature to facilitate experimentation.
  • save them (to KineMan Repository, & from there to disk).
Editing New capability in Advanced Option, allows you to copy & paste portions of poses (i.e., selected joint angles or body position DOFs), from one KineMan pose to another. Select joints individually or in convenient groups.
Advanced Posing Advanced Option includes:
  • ‘Left-Right Symmetry’ feature, allows you to move symmetric joints in unison, with a single control.
  • Pose Flipping: for any pose, create its mirror image, relative to your choice of 3 screen-oriented planes.
Background Video Advanced Option now allows you to
  • import videos of various types, from local disk or youtube, into the KineMan viewing area background.
  • shift or zoom the video, within the KineMan viewing area.
  • control playback (play/stop, jumpToStart, and step fwd or back; monitor time), via a new non-hidable panel, - helps to circumvent limitations of native video controls.
  • access & modify special video parameters, via ‘Fullscreen’ view
Enhanced Controls Standard subscription allows enhanced use of existing controls, by use of [Ctrl], [Alt] &/or [Shift] keys:
  • select coarse/medium/fine or zero movement for sliders
  • select 90,10, or 1 degree increments for Step Rotations
  • [Ctrl]-undo (or redo) allows you to lock joint angles while navigating history, allowing more experimentation with body positions
'Simple' Body Rotations Rotate the body about screen-fixed horizontal or vertical axes, via new sliders, in Standard subscription. Temporary rotation axes are shown in purple (solid or dashed).
Responsive, Adjustable Layout Standard subscription provides multiple features to fit KineMan Pro graphic elements to the ever-growing variety of screen dimensions & resolutions, including:
  • automatic window layout for new screens, with subsequent locking of control & text sizes during window resizing.
  • sliders for manually resizing controls & text, or text alone, to your preference
  • adjustment of viewing area size, to fixed dimensions or aspect ratio, via menu
  • ‘reset layout’ button, to undo customizations, or redo automated fitting for different window size or zoom.
  • layout parameters are saved automatically between sessions.
Improvements:

Control Panel Reorganization & more:
  • New 'Move' subpanel contains Moving joint menu, Unlimited ROM checkbox, and new LR Symmetry switch.
  • New 'Subscriptions' subpanel, shows the expiry date of current subscriptions, plus buttons to Add or Renew.
  • Other new subpanels include Edit, Animate, & Settings, containing new features described above.
  • Collapse All Button (upper right) simplifies use of subpanels; [Ctrl]-click to Expand All.
Dormant Mode KineMan Pro subscribers can now login to the app even when all their subscriptions have expired, to access a ‘dormant’ edition. This edition operates like KineMan Basic, but shows disabled Pro controls, as a reminder to which controls are available, and which module (Standard or Advanced) is required to activate them.

The dormant edition does not include a Presenter license – that’s only available with a paid Standard subscription.
Miscellaneous
  • One DOF at a time: Biaxial joystick modes permit single axis at a time movement, by use of [Ctrl][Shift] or [Ctrl][Alt] modifiers, in Standard subscription.
  • Show & Hide Bones (Advanced Option) context menu can now be launched via right-click, without holding the Ctrl key (except for when targeting hidden bones).
  • Scapulo-thoracic constraints, which keep the scapulae close to the ribs while moving, are now removed whenever Unlimited ROM is selected (Advanced Option).
Fixes:

Large screen usage Bone identification and selection didn’t work correctly, on large screens (toward the right side); now fixed.


Pro & Basic
New: Cursors Orienting arrow cursors, of various shapes & colors, indicate which axes you can rotate about, and which way to drag for a given axis. New cursor icons are used for body shift & distance modes.
Movement Palette Buttons show current cursor choices available, depending on the joint (or body) and its orientation, and allow you to ‘hold’ the mode. Alternatively, select modes temporarily via modifier keys ([Ctrl], [Shift], or [Alt]), while dragging.
Axis Colors Joint rotation axes now appear as magenta, yellow, and cyan lines, while remaining red, green, & blue for body motions. Axes for neck and lumbar group are shown as dashed lines, to indicate that rotations about these axes are not strictly coupled to the cursor arrow directions.
Improved

Mac Compatibility Apple MacIntosh users can & should use the 'Cmd' key instead of 'Ctrl', as a modifier; plus other miscellaneous tweaks to handle Mac mouse & keyboard input.
Joystick For a joint axis oriented normal to the screen (or nearly so), rotate by dragging circumferentially around the joint center. When the axis is away from normal, drag linearly across the (projected) axis.
Body distance: now uses vertical cursor movement only (previously, diagonal).
Bone Colors Bones in combined states (of hovered, selected, & hidden (Advanced Option)) are shown in 'combined colors', e.g., violet (~ orange+blue), when both selected & hovered. In Advanced Option, joints selected for copy/paste operations are shown using dark blue coloration for their respective (distal) bones, while hovering in the Edit subpanel.
Other:

Internet Connection All new versions of KineMan require an internet connection at startup, to validatate the webapp origin.


Basic (only)
Improved Larger Viewing Area In KineMan Basic, the max viewing area size now varies in proportion to the window height (superseding the previous max dimension of 512 pixels in either direction). Controls & text are now sized in proportion to the window height as well.
Single Agreement The initial KineMan Basic panel, that requires agreement to our Terms of Service, is presented only once per browser session.
Phasing Out Chrome App Version Our Chrome App version of KineMan Basic (available at the Chrome Web Store) will not be upgraded. Chrome Apps have special requirements that are incompatible with our latest changes. Also, the Chrome Web Store has been ramping down support for Chrome Apps, and will soon discontinue offering them altogether. So likewise with our Chrome App: documentation for this version will continue to be available, but we’ll be redirecting interested Chrome App users to our web app, and discontinue the offering altogether as of July 1, 2017.


R16.02 (160225)

Pro Edition
New Features: Improved subscription bundling, prices, & ordering
ProPlus Subscription Package
  • Combines Standard & all 5 Options
  • Offers simplified ordering for many subscribers
Discount Plan for Options
  • Automatic 1/3 off when ordering 3 or more Options
  • Equivalent substitute for obsolete Plus package
  • Permits mixing & matching of terms
  • Permits serial subscriptions with ProPlus parts
Ordering Process & Forms
  • Simpler New Subscriber form
  • Separate forms for packages vs individual parts
  • Simpler widgets + Order Summary block
Price Reductions
  • 1 month Standard now available
  • Save Poses reduced 25%, all terms
Improvements Discontinued Plus Package
  • Replaced by discount for Options
Revised Documentation
  • Subscription Help & About
  • Terms of Sale
FixesShoulder MechanicsScapula would stop following ribs, after pressing Undo: now fixed.




R15.12 (151210)

New Product Bundling
Pro Edition This release of KineMan Pro introduces a new 'flexible bundling' plan. Essentially, the overall Pro feature set remains the same, but the features are offered as either Standard features (common to all Pro subscriptions) or Options (which you can select to match your needs).

This new approach allows us to offer KineMan Pro at a substantially lower subscription price. Furthermore, the Options can be selected for shorter terms (1 month, as well as 4 or 12). And to streamline your workflow, you can add an Optional feature while you work, via a new 'in-app' subscription capability.

The breakdown of features into Standard & Optional products is detailed below.
Standard features
provides essential capabilities
for all Pro users
  • Articulated hands & feet
  • Group motions: Neck & lumbar spine
  • Load repositories & select poses
    • Allows you to import & view poses from files.
    • (Creating pose repositories requires the Save Poses option, below)
  • Autofit capability
  • Save images
  • Presenter license
  • Unlimited viewing area size
  • No ads
  • plus all of the Core features offered in KineMan Basic edition.
Options
allow you to choose the advanced
Pro features you need
  • 6 DOF body motion (dial rotation, step rotations)
  • Show or hide bones
  • Unlimited joint ROMs
  • Pose tracing (transparent background, background image, comic style rendering)
  • Save poses & repositories

  • Options can be added while you work, as in-app purchases.
    GUI elements for most Options are displayed, but disabled & shown
    in a lighter tone, until subscribed.
Note for existing KineMan
Pro subscribers:
(signed up & paid before
Dec 10, 2015)
Existing subscribers: Your access to KineMan Pro will be largely unaffected by the new bundling plan. The capabilities
you signed up for will continue to work as before, & will continue to do so for the term of your subscription. For renewals & other transition options, please see Terms of Sale.
Basic Edition: Two app types
  • Web App (classic)
    • Accessible from anywhere, using Chrome or Firefox (www.kineman.com/new/webapp)
  • Chrome App (new)
    • Looks & behaves like an installed app
    • Can be used offline*
    • Shortcuts can be added to the taskbar or start menu in Windows
    • Uses Google login; avoids ‘Terms of Service’ Agreement panel at start

    * But note: user documentation is only available at our website.
Terms of ServiceKineMan Basic is now designated to be used for personal use only.One ramification
of this is that public display of KineMan graphical content is permitted only for subscribers
of our Pro edition. For additional details, please see our Terms of Service.


Additional Improvements
Pro: Unlimited ROM Replaces 'enable limits' switch
Reversed logic: Check a box to remove the limits
Misc
  • Simpler name entry for images & poses, by removal of the [Done] buttons
    Carriage return is sufficient to complete the entry.
  • Buttons renamed: Backup -> Save Repository; Restore -> Load Repository
  • ‘0’ button is active only with the 6 DOF Body Option
  • Corrected ‘parentage’ for some bones, when using Show/Hide Bones context menu.
  • 'lastPose' is only available with Save Poses Option. Pose menu includes 'lastPose' only when available & useful.
Pro & Basic:

Layout New top & bottom margins, contain:
  • Menus
  • Bone & joint identification box
  • Undo/redo buttons
(Related joint info is now consolidated with Bone identification,
by pressing [Ctrl] & [Alt] while hovering.)
Security Full site https
(previously, only applied for subscriber interactions; now site-wide.)
  • improves privacy for users
  • prevents hackers from impersonating site, and tampering with data
Misc
  • Common names or descriptors for all joints
    (while hovering over scientific names in joint selection menu)
  • Simplified Hints panel
  • Removed the uniaxial joystick mode for joints (via Ctrl-Shift)
  • Group joints (neck & lumbar spine) are now only available in Pro edition.
Basic only:

Ads removed Top and bottom ads removed from the app page, permits larger viewing area on small screens.
(Ads may still appear elsewhere on the Basic app page, and elsewhere at kineman.com).
Limited viewing area size The viewing area for the Basic edition is limited to 512 pixels in both directions.
(For an unlimited viewing area, subscribe to KineMan Pro).


R15.06 (150612)

Pro Edition
New Features:

hover titles for
additional info
Pose Tracing
Saving Poses
More
Improvements Show or Hide Bones


Basic Edition
Improvements:

hover titles for
additional info
Other:


R15.03 (150310)

Basic Edition Pro Edition
New Features:

hover for quick intro;
click for details
Improvements:
Fixes:
  • Bug whereby clicking on a slider caused deselection of a selected joint.
  • Bug in step rotations, where, for some alignments, the body faced 180 degrees opposite to intended direction.
Other
  • Bone or joint selection is now disabled when the [Alt] or [Shift] key is depressed.
  • AutoFit is no longer available in KineMan Basic.
  • Dial rotations are now accessible by pressing [Alt] while dragging (in a circular arc around the screen center).
  • Access to the Show/Hide menu is now possible via [Ctrl] right-click
    (instead of regular right-click).
  • AutoFit has been relabeled 'Fit', and is now a Pro-only feature.


v1.2 (140915) (Pro only)

New Features:
  • Step rotation & ‘0’ buttons
    combined with DOF6 mode selector in new subpanel
  • Enable/disable joint range limits
Improvements:
  • Distance slider: improved action for close up viewing (circumvents frustrating process to increase distance). Red highlighting is obsolete.
Fixes:
  • Show/hide context menu: options were incorrectly disabled, now fixed.
Other
  • Qualified for use with the Opera browser
  • Added Acknowledgements page


v1.1 (140619) (Pro only)

New Features:
  • Articulated hand, includes 18 additional joints, 25 additional DOF each.


v1.0 (140420) (Pro only)

New Features:
  • Subscription system, offers 4 or 12 month terms, along with 7 day free trial, plus User Account pages.
  • 6th DOF for body position, including: dial angle slider and joystick zone, ‘casual’ mode for angle readouts.
  • Presentation license
  • No ads (after subscriber sign in)




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Original bone data created & licensed by Longchamp Labs/21st Century Solutions Ltd; FFI see www.anatomium.com. Bone & joint data file formats and content are copyright Neosim R&D.