How to Use HeroMachine Locally

Hi all, with big thanks to HeroMachiner Eric Bowling, here's how you can use HeroMachine outside of your browser. Adobe has said they're going to be force uninstalling the Flash Player (the standalone player basically) but I don't know that applies to this particular version.

Basically you download a local Flash Player application, then put in the URL for a .swf file (a compiled Flash object, which is what HeroMachine uses) and it plays. I've tried it on my Mac with HM3 and HM2 and it seems to work like a champ. You'll still need an Internet connection but if this goes well I may bundle up the files and make them available online so you could truly run it all locally. We'll just have to see, I don't want to sell people something and then BAM Adobe force uninstalls the Flash Players and it no longer works.

Anyway, the article explaining how to get the Standalone Flash Player Debugger is at https://www.howtogeek.com/438141/how-to-play-adobe-flash-swf-files-outside-your-web-browser/ – install the one relevant to your Operating System.

Once the Flash Player Debugger is installed per the instructions in that article, launch the Flash Player Debugger and go to "File -> Open Location". This is where you type in the URL to a .swf file. Do not download the .swf file to run from your hard drive, that will not work, you must use "Open Location" and put in one of the URLs below! Here are the ones for HeroMachine so you can just copy and paste:

For fun, here are the URLs for some of the hardly-ever-used versions:

CAVEATS: The "Export as an image" function in HM3 will NOT work. Saving as a text file will. 

I think that's pretty much it. Let me know if you run into issues with this, though honestly, there's not a lot I can do since I can't edit the source files any more and I can't control what Adobe does with their players.

Flash End of Life and maybe HeroMachine as well

Update: Check this post for instructions on how to keep using HeroMachine in a local Flash Player Debugger.

Flash has reached its End of Life and HeroMachine no longer works. Thank you for your support over the years and for your interest.

I have paid thousands of dollars and worked for 2+ years for a replacement but alas, it is not yet done. I've investigated replacements for Flash that would allow it to remain operational, but they haven't worked out.

We'll continue to work behind the scenes to see if we can complete the work that's been done so far but clearly, my promises are worth very little right now. I'm devastated and so sorry that we weren't able to bring this thing in for a landing in time.

I'm proud that for 20+ years, this site has enabled people to bring their inner creativity to life. I feel like I've lost a bit of my soul today and I am so, so sorry to have let you all down.

Check back occasionally and / or join the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/HeroMachine/) for any future updates.

All the best, and please keep on creating.

Jeff

CDC #531 – VILLAINMACHINE!

VILLAINS!

Let’s give the bad guys/gals the spotlight.  This week’s challenge will be to design a villain that looks to conquer all.

Enter as often as you like. Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games.

  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
  • Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited.
  • We have the right to delete any post that we believe crosses this line without warning.
  • Only post characters that have been created solely using HeroMachine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because we're not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

- All entries must be in JPG or PNG (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like http://www.heromachine.com/forum, Image Shack, Deviant Art or whatever) Do not use Photobucket<.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name.
  • Please make the link go directly to the image and not to a hosting jump page.

 

 

This challenge will close at 6 pm on Sunday, November 27th. I will be judging this contest and the winner chosen by me (Andrew Smith). Winning entry will be awarded a character concept reinterpreted by me that is/was created and chosen by the winning artist.

 

Good Luck!

CDC #530 – BLACK ADAM

Moving on from Black Panther to Black Adam, your challenge this week is to create a superhero character that uses magic. Any kind of magic!

Can be a hero, anti-hero, villain, etc., but must use some kind of magic as their main power.

Enter as often as you like. Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games.

  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
  • Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited.
  • We have the right to delete any post that we believe crosses this line without warning.
  • Only post characters that have been created solely using HeroMachine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because we're not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

- All entries must be in JPG or PNG (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like http://www.heromachine.com/forum, Image Shack, Deviant Art or whatever) Do not use Photobucket<.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name.
  • Please make the link go directly to the image and not to a hosting jump page.

This challenge will close at 6 pm on Saturday, November 12th. I will be judging this contest and the winner chosen by me (Cody Merrill). Winning entry will be awarded a character concept reinterpreted by me that is/was created and chosen by the winning artist.

Good Luck!

Character Design Challenge #529 – Celebrating the Black Panther

In celebration of the upcoming "Wakanda Forever" motion picture, your challenge this week is to create a cat/feline themed character. Male, female, alien, hero, anti-hero or villain the choice is yours. No need for highlights and shading if your not comfortable with those techniques. The winner will be chosen based on the originality and quality of the characters concept(s).

Enter as often as you like. Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games.

• No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.

• Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited.

• We have the right to delete any post that we believe crosses this line without warning.

• Only post characters that have been created solely using HeroMachine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because we're not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

- All entries must be in JPG or PNG (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like http://www.heromachine.com/forum, Image Shack, Deviant Art or whatever) Do not use Photobucket<.

• Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name.

• Please make the link go directly to the image and not to a hosting jump page.

This challenge will close at 6 pm on Saturday, November 5th. I will be judging this contest and the winner chosen by me (Scott Weyers). Winning entry will be awarded a character concept reinterpreted by me that is/was created and chosen by the winning artist.

Good Luck!

Results for CDC #528 – Happy Halloween!

Nice turn out this week with 5 entries.  All keeping to theme and some wild concept ideas.

Thank you for everyone's participation!

Winner this week is....

 

The Witch by Scott Weyers.

Congrats Scott!  Great non-traditional witch.  Loved the whole construction of the piece.  Using the zombie faces in the smoke balls clinched it.

Let me know what you have in mind for your prize.

Cheers!

 

CDC #528 – Happy Halloween!

Halloween is around the corner!  The challenge this week is to create a traditional Halloween themed monster.  Vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein, mummies, ghouls and etc are all acceptable concepts to choose from.

Keep it creative in putting it in a modern spin, love child of 2 themes, comedic or something totally new!  No need for highlights and shading if that is not in your wheel house.  Judging will be on strong, creative concepts and ideas!

Enter as often as you like.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:

  • Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on
    RPG’s or other games.
    • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
    • Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited.
    • I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning.
    • Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered
    in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests
    and check. All entries must be in JPG or PNG (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like
    http://www.heromachine.com/forum, Image Shack, Deviant Art or whatever) Do not use Photobucket<.
    • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name.
    • Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This challenge will close at 6 pm on Saturday, October 29th.

I will be judging this contest and the winner chosen by me (AMS).  Winning entry will be awarded a character concept reinterpreted by me that is/was created and chosen by the winning artist.

 

Happy Halloween!

WINNER announcement for CDC #527….

After adding up the scores from the votes, the winner is....

WORF!!!

Scores were Worf with 31 pts, ams with 30 pts, Nerdandproud with 13 pts and Ian Healy with 6pts.

Congrats!!! Next, as the rules were written by Djuby...

• The winner each week will receive my version of their entry rendered using HeroMachine 3.  (*As David is on the mend, I can fulfill the prize if he is unable)

• The winner each week will choose the topic of the next challenge, and cannot enter the challenge.  Simply email me your
challenge topic to dwjuby@cogeco.ca by 12:30 pm on Sunday.

Worf,  you are up to producing the next challenge topic.

VOTING begins!!! Challenge #527 – A new hope!

Hey gang!

As per David (djuby), the voting for the Wolverine-pose can now begin.

Please follow the following instructions...

• Challenges will start weekly on Sunday at 1pm Eastern
• Challenges will close on Saturday of the same week at 6pm
• After the challenge closes members will vote for a top 3.
• You must assign first, second and third place
• If you vote an entry as First it will receive ten points; a second place finish gets 7 points; third place gets three
points.
• The winner each week will receive my version of their entry rendered using HeroMachine 3
• You cannot vote for your own entry
• Voting must be completed by 11am Sunday.
• The winner each week will choose the topic of the next challenge, and cannot enter the challenge .Simply email me your
challenge topic to dwjuby@cogeco.ca by 12:30 pm on Sunday.
• Perhaps most importantly, this means that I can enter CDCs again

 

Good luck all entries!

Character Design Challenge #– 527 – A New Hope – Show Us Your Skillz

Using the picture of Wolverine (above) ,your challenge is to recreate the pose pictured. No need to add the costume or blades but you must include all your masking by changing the lines to red.
Enter as often as you like.
Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:
• Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on
RPG’s or other games.
• The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
• Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited.
• I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning.
• Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered
in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests
andcheck.All entries must be in JPG or PNG (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like
http://www.heromachine.com/forum, Image Shack, Deviant Art or whatever) Do not use Photobucket<.
• Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name.
• No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
• Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).
Thia challenge will close at 6 pm on Saturday, September 10. Voting will start then.
Here is what is changing:
• Challenges will start weekly on Sunday at 1pm Eastern
• Challenges will close on Saturday of the same week at 6pm
• After the challenge closes members will vote for a top 3.
• You must assign first, second and third place
• If you vote an entry as First it will receive ten points; a second place finish gets 7 points; third place gets three
points.
• The winner each week will receive my version of their entry rendered using HeroMachine 3
• You cannot vote for your own entry
• Voting must be completed by 11am Sunday.
• The winner each week will choose the topic of the next challenge, and cannot enter the challenge .Simply email me your
challenge topic to dwjuby@cogeco.ca by 12:30 pm on Sunday.
• Perhaps most importantly, this means that I can enter CDCs again

Character Design Challenge #– ???

• Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games.
• The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
• Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited.
• I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning.
• Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.All entries must be in JPG or PNG (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like http://www.heromachine.com/forum, Image Shack, Deviant Art or whatever) Do not use Photobucket<.
• Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name.
• No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
• Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

Here is what is changing:
• Challenges will start weekly on Sunday at 1pm Eastern
• Challenges will close on Saturday of the same week at 6pm
• After the challenge closes members will vote for a top 3.
• You must assign first, second and third place
• If you vote an entry as First it will receive ten points; a second place finish gets 7 points; third place gets three points.
• The winner each week will receive my version of their entry rendered using HeroMachine 3
• You cannot vote for your own entry
• Voting must be completed by 11am Sunday.
• The winner each week will choose the topic of the next challenge, and cannot enter the challenge .Simply email me your challenge topic to dwjuby@cogeco.ca by 12:30 pm on Sunday.
• Perhaps most importantly, this means that I can enter CDCs again Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games.
• The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
• Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited.
• I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning.
• Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.All entries must be in JPG or PNG (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like http://www.heromachine.com/forum, Image Shack, Deviant Art or whatever) Do not use Photobucket<.
• Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name.
• No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
• Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

Here is what is changing:
• Challenges will start weekly on Sunday at 1pm Eastern
• Challenges will close on Saturday of the same week at 6pm
• After the challenge closes members will vote for a top 3.
• You must assign first, second and third place
• If you vote an entry as First it will receive ten points; a second place finish gets 7 points; third place gets three points.
• The winner each week will receive my version of their entry rendered using HeroMachine 3
• You cannot vote for your own entry
• Voting must be completed by 11am Sunday.
• The winner each week will choose the topic of the next challenge, and cannot enter the challenge .Simply email me your challenge topic to dwjuby@cogeco.ca by 12:30 pm on Sunday.
• Perhaps most importantly, this means that I can enter CDCs again

Character Design Challenge #526 – What’s In A Name?

Your challenge this week is to create an original modern age super hero based on nothing but a name provided.
This week that name is The Tracker
The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:
Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters.No characters based on Official RPG NPC's ( Non-Player Characters ). Please keep all submissions PG13. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.
All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art, or whatever); Do NOT use Photobucket
Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).
This contest will close on Sunday, July 3rd 10:00 am Eastern