Star*Lines for Digital Theaters
Adorn your digital starfields with our classic constellation outlines!
Introduced in 1989, our Star*Line series of constellation artwork images quickly became a classic planetarium favorite. We shipped thousands of gelled Kodalith slides hand-mounted in Wess glass mounts, and they adorned the heavens from carefully-aimed single-shot and carousel slide projectors from coves around the world. And, they've transcended their planetarium origins; we've licensed them for use in all kinds of other applications — from hospital signage to personal tattoos!
As the medium of the planetarium has moved from analog film to digital projection, we've moved our Star*Lines into the digital night sky, too.
Images, we've got images...
The package includes 206 individual artwork images. There are all 88 traditional constellations, along with Big Dipper and Little Dipper asterisms as well. We include both the shapely classic as well as the clothed "Family Values" versions of the human figures, so you can choose whichever ones you prefer (or your social mores dictate). And, every Star*Line has a separate "glowing" version, adding an ethereal aura to the heavenly panoply.
More than simple stick figures or line graphics, artist Tim W. Kuzniar's chiaroscuro-style overlays use the IAU boundaries as rough outlines for many of the shapes and poses of the figures. However, their purpose is to just indicate the general area of the constellation with its classical namesake, rather than align with specific stars.
As we said, we introduced the Star*Line series in 1989 — our initial foray into providing an Image Library for planetarium producers to use for their dome shows. Now, you could license individual Star*Line images from our Image Library, on an à la carte basis. To use them in your digital theater, you would have to run through a process of converting our distribution TIFs into the format your constellations currently use. Then you would need to do all the work to write your own button scripts for scaling, rotating, positioning and coloring the images, of course. Finally, to license all 206 individual Star*Line images in our "Planetarium, general" usage category at $25 each, would cost more than $5,000. This product collects all the figures into one convenient package, at an affordable price.
We expect the terms of the in-house usage license will meet the needs of the vast majority of users. Chances are good that just having our Star*Lines appear on your dome will be all that's necessary for your purposes. Just as with the other images in our Image Library, we do offer an external usage license too, so you can use the Star*Line imagery in other media you may produce and distribute outside of your theater.
The Star*Lines for Digital Theaters package is available for Internet delivery as a 50MB Zip file. Once unzipped, installation is simple; you just copy the folders and files to their appropriate destinations on your computers.
If you're a user of Sky-Skan's DigitalSky (we are!), we've put together a great add-on package for you, and it's included free!
DigitalSky comes with its own set of buttons for constellations. We've created an additional set for our Star*Lines, keeping Sky-Skan's familiar layout and pointing to their Stick figures and IAU outlines. Our set contains nine pages full of buttons — 825 button scripts in all!
If you're used to using the DigitalSky Constellation Plug-In Controller, we've got you covered there, too. We provide our own Plug-In controller for our Star*Lines. Simply install it, and you can click your way through its checkboxes to choose artwork, color, glows, labels, stick figures, and more.
We think all this makes our pricing for Star*Lines for Digital Theaters such a good value. Not only do you get the imagery, you get all the work we put in writing the buttons, and the Plug-In controller as well.
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