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

I could really use your help with NerdMudgeon.com

Hi all, I hope you'll forgive the shameless plug, but I'd be really appreciative if you could give our NerdMudgeon.com podcast (mostly about Marvel shows) a listen and, if you have a moment, a kind review on the podcast listening platform of your preference. We have a lot of fun with it, but sometimes it feels like talking into the void so knowing someone out there is listening would be a big morale boost for John and I.

Our latest offering is on the penultimate "Loki" episode and can be found at https://nerdmudgeon.com/loki-s1e5-journey-into-mystery if you fancy giving it a go.

And by the way, if you haven't been watching "Loki" you definitely should, it has been a TON of fun so far!

Thanks for your time!

Character Creation Contest #500 Finalists!

Djuby is gonna kill me but the submissions for the Five Hundredth Edition of the CDS were so good, I couldn't pick just one. I am overjoyed at being reminded once again of the amazing talent and creativity you all have and which you share with everyone. Putting yourself out there is hard to do and I deeply appreciate every single person who took the time to submit their characters.

I picked out my absolute favorites and am adding them all to the Hall of Fame because they are all outstanding. I'll leave it to Djuby to pick one of these to do his own take on as the official prize, but I couldn't leave any of them out in good conscience.

Thank you again to all of you, not just the folks below, and not just everyone who entered this week, but to everyone who's been a part of this amazing community for so many years. It's hard to believe that more than twenty years have passed since the idea for HM first came to me. I never imagined I'd meet so many fantastic, gifted, passionate creators along the way. I'm truly humbled.

And special thanks of course to Djuby and to ALL the moderators here who have kept this place chugging along as I've uprooted my life time after time over the last seven or eight years. I've landed in Utah and am happy being a full time developer, but I'll always have a warm spot in my heart for HeroMachiners, and it's due to the mods that it is still going even in the face of the unstoppable Juggernaut that is Adobe shutting down Flash.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that most of all, you keep finding ways to express your amazing creativity!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Character Design Challenge #501 – The Good…the Bad…and the Sidekicks!


Summer is here and I will be spending the month of July out of town visiting family. So I wanted to leave you folks with a CDC that would run for 4 weeks.

Your challenge this month is to create a 4 characters using Heromachine…1 good character, 1 bad character, and 2 sidekicks (1 for each). Prizes will be given for best “good”, best “bad”, best “good” sidekick and best “bad” sidekick, so there can be as many as 4 winners for this CDC

Prize: a version of your character by yours truly.

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 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 name your files 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 25th at 10:00 am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #500 – Show Us Your Best!


This week in honour of CDC500, we celebrate HeroMachine and those who enjoy her.

Your challenge this week is to create a character using Heromachine…any kind of character at all. Can be male, female, human, alien, biological, mechanical, hero, villain, mortal, immortal, living or dead (or living dead). Use your skills and imagination to show us your best work.

Special Guest Judge: Jeff Hebert – that’s right – the creator of Heromachine!
Prize: a version of your character by yours truly.
…AND…
If Jeff thinks the winning entry is worthy. It will be inducted into the HeroMachine Hall of Fame!

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 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 name your files 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, June 27th at 10:00 am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #499 – The Countdown to 500! – Creative Item Use


Above is a piece that I did for one of JR’s CDCs which limited item use to Backgrounds and Insignias

With CDC #500 just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to run a bit of a skills competition. So part 3 is all about creative item use.
Your challenge is to create an image of your choice using items in Backgrounds and Insignias only.
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 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 name your files 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, June 20th at 10:00 am Eastern.
*Be sure to drop by and check out next week’s CDC #500. Surprises are in store!

Character Design Challenge #498 – The Countdown to 500! – Posing – Results

There were only three entries this week, and that had me a little bummed...until I saw them! Wow! Wow! Wow! ALl three are brilliant - fulll of tension and energy. Wel done all.

So without further ado, the win this week goes to ...
Ubiquitous Pixel

Seriously at first glance I thought you misunderstood and just drew it. This is utterly amazing.

Character Design Challenge #498 – The Countdown to 500! – Posing


Above is Stachelrochen – a water dwelling villain I did several years ago.

With CDC #500 just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to run a bit of a skills competition. So part 2 is all about custom poses.
Your challenge is to a male or female figure in a custom pose. No colour...no costume…just the figure. Leave the masking lines in if you wish, but please change them 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 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 name your files 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, June 13th at 10:00 am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #497 – The Countdown to 500! – Colour – results

This wweek's winner is CantDraw. Very creative ... veey Disney

Thanks to all who entered

Character Design Challenge #497 – The Countdown to 500! – Colour


Above is a coloured T-Rex that I did several years ago. Just wanted to see what was possible.

With CDC #500 just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to run a bit of a skills competition. So part 1 is all about colouring skills.
Your challenge is to take an item from the Companions tab and do your best colouring job on it. You can choose any companion you wish. Feel free to highlight, shade and mask to your heart’s content
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 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 name your files 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, June 6th at 10:00 am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #496 – Two Great Tastes – Pirate Edition – Results

The win goes to....drum roll please...
Scott Weyers

Well done you!
Thanks to all who entered.