Flipnote Hatena Weekly News: April 9, 2010


Hello from all of us at Hatena in Kyoto. This is Aaron with another issue of our weekly news blog -- thanks for taking the time to check it out.

This past Sunday we announced the winners of the Flipnote Hatena Easter Contest. Thanks again to everyone who posted Flipnotes, and if you haven't see the winners yet you can check them out at the URL below:

Flipnote Hatena Easter Contest Winners

Recently the Flipnote Hatena team has been busy working on the international version of the Color Star Exchange, which is a new feature of Flipnote Hatena that will allow you to exchange color stars you have for new Creator's Room themes. We hope to release the Color Star Exchange for all regions in the near future, and our designer id:chira_rhythm55 has been busy creating new Creator's Rooms themes. Below are some samples of several of the new themes that the team has been working on:



These new themes are not just wallpaper for your Creator's Room -- the themes have some special features such as changing when you post a certain number of Flipnotes, or depending on the time of day. These new themes are quite popular with our users in Japan, and we've already created 37 different types to choose from.

We're also working on some other new additions to Flipnote Hatena that we hope to tell you more about in the coming weeks. Please be sure to check our blog for the latest news.

Thanks from all of us on the Flipnote Hatena team, and we're looking forward to seeing your Flipnotes!

New Hatena Service in English -- Hatena Monolith

This past Monday, Hatena released a new service called Hatena Monolith that is available in English and Japanese for iPhone 3GS or Android devices.

The word "Mono" in Japanese literally means "things" or "stuff." Hatena Monolith allows you to scan barcodes from stuff that exists around you, and post information about these things online. You can use Monolith to easily keep track of your collections or to introduce things you like to others, and enjoy sharing information in a whole new way. You can also simultaneously post your Monolith entries to Twitter.

If you have an iPhone 3GS or Android device, please give Hatena Monolith a try!

You can install Hatena Monolith for Android or iPhone from the links below:

This week's featured Flipnotes

In this week's edition of the Flipnote Hatena news blog, we're going to show you some of our favorite Flipnotes based on last week's topic "Running", and introduce our new topic for this week which is "Camera Animation".

If you post Flipnotes about the weekly topic, we might feature yours here on the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog next week and give you some rare color stars -- post your Flipnotes and join in the fun!

Lastly, scroll to the bottom of this blog entry to see Weekly Frog Sightings where we feature original frog photos and illustrations from users like you. Post your original frog photos to Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we might feature it here next week.

Read the Flipnote Hatena News blog in your language

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Also, thanks to the help and support of MdM (id:MdMbunny) you can also read a translation of this blog in Italian, and id:Alex_BCN82 is now translating our blog into Spanish. Please be sure to check out the other language versions of the blog, since there are some differences between each version. It might be a good way to learn a foreign language too!

Also, please let us know any feedback you might have about our blog by posting your comments in the box at the bottom of this blog entry.

The best of last week's topic: "Running"

We've selected some of the best "Running" Flipnotes posted this past week from each of the 3 regions which we hope you'll enjoy.

You can see all of the Flipnotes posted by users for last week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Running

You can also see the Flipnotes for last week's topic posted from your own region by entering the command via "Command Search" from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi.

"Running" Flipnotes from the Americas region

★ Flipnote by ☆Star☆ (id:starstream)

★ Flipnote by Cooper (id:Giik)

★ Flipnote by Azeth (id:Azeth)

★ Flipnote by Ursula (id:mollyowl)

★ Flipnote by frogbooger (id:frogbooger)

★ Flipnote by InkWolf (id:InkWolf)

"Running" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region

★ Flipnote by WeavileXL (id:serebii24)

★ Flipnote by IndyJonas (id:IndianaJonas)

★ Flipnote by MadBanana (id:MadBanana )

★ Flipnote by Optic (id:Optic)

★ Flipnote by Red Wing★ (id:pryce)

★ Flipnote by 3rik (id:ErIk)

"Running" Flipnotes from Japan

★ Flipnote by teru (id:teroon)

★ Flipnote by kasumi (id:kasu33)

★ Flipnote by Nanao (id:Nanao-awamori)

★ Flipnote by Totsu

★ Flipnote by Harras (id:Harars)

★ Flipnote by Kimupi

This week's topic: "Camera Animation"

For this week's topic we'd like you to create Flipnotes created with the Nintendo DSi Camera. You can create stop-motion animation, by taking a series of photos at a time of something you move little by little in front of the camera to create motion. You can use toys, objects, or people and take a series of photos with them to create something fantastic. You can also try or rotoscoping, where you draw images on top of photographs to create animation.

You can import photographs previously taken with the Nintendo DSi Camera into your Flipnotes as black-and-white images. For more information about how to use photos with Flipnote Studio, please see section 5 of the Flipnote Studio user's guide. The user's guide is built in to Flipnote Studio and can be viewed on your system by selecting "Help" from the Flipnote Studio main menu. or you can download a copy in PDF format and view it on your PC.

  • Here are some examples of stop-motion animation and rotoscoping below.

  • Here are a few stop-motion animated videos:

Post the Flipnotes you create to channel 8 from Flipnote Hatena on your Nintendo DSi. We're looking forward to seeing your stuff, and will feature some of the best ones next week here in the Flipnote Hatena Weekly News blog.

You can see all of the Flipnotes currently posted about this week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):

Weekly Topic: Camera Animation

Lastly, please avoid posting those "Am I Hot" type of Flipnotes to channel 8 for this week's topic, unless they are animated in some way. If you are feeling hot, we suggest that you purchase an air conditioner.

Follow Flipnote Hatena on Twitter

We've started a Twitter account to keep you updated about the latest news and happenings at Flipnote Hatena.

Follow us at: http://twitter.com/flipnotehatena

Weekly Frog Sighting

If you are interested in having your frog photo featured in the "Weekly Frog Sighting" section of the blog you can post it on Hatena Haiku (post to the keyword "Frog Sightings") and we'll choose the best ones and feature them here.

Please submit only original photos/illustrations that you have created yourself.


We have a cool "King of the Frog" cup in the Hatena office. The programmer working in the background is id:motemen, who enjoys playing "Etrian Odyssey" for Nintendo DSi when he's not busy writing code for Flipnote Hatena.

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