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Hello Kitty Cafe

September 26th, 2012 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

A nice video of Hello Kitty Cafe over at the Daily App Show check it out at:


HKO in Thailand

June 23rd, 2010 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

Just trying it out with friends…

Crowds in Thailand

And the crowds are in! How do I find the minigame manager?

HKO Thailand

Camping and behaving inside Hello Kitty Online

October 30th, 2008 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

Now isn’t this an amazing scene, players lining up for their turn to retrieve an item from a high level creature. The cool thing here is that people are lining up nicely for their turn, quite an unusual thing inside typical mmorpg games.


I was just standing around before lining up…


My HKO Profile

October 22nd, 2008 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

I’ve started using this tool called Xfire, and it shows you live what I am playing at any time, check it out! It says I’m playing Hello Kitty Online!

Hello Kitty Online pictures on FLICKR

May 4th, 2008 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

This in particular is an interesting example of people working together to build a house together, this kind of team work building up effort is something I haven’t seen much in other MMORPG’s.

You’ll find a few more images on FLICKR or on Hello Kitty Online at http://www.hellokittyonline.com

Tell the time Uniqlo Style

March 6th, 2008 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

A fun clock that tells the time with synchronized dance moves. If you want to embed it into your own blog the code to do that is below.

<embed src=’http://www.uniqlo.jp/uniqlock/swf/blog_small.swf’ width=’200′ height=’150′ type=’application/x-shockwave-flash’></embed>

Enjoy, it should work on any blog or website posting.

Free professional Photo Editing Software alternatives

March 4th, 2008 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

Who needs photoshop if you can have these!


GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.
GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.
GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.

Features and Capabilities

  • Painting

    • Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.
    • Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
    • Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool
    • Supports custom brushes and patterns
  • System

    • Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
    • Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
  • Advanced Manipulation

    • Full alpha channel support
    • Layers and channels
    • Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by diskspace)
    • Editable text layers
    • Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip
    • Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy and intelligent
    • Advanced path tool doing bezier and polygonal selections.
    • Transformable paths, transformable selections.
    • Quickmask to paint a selection.
  • Extensible

    • A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu
    • Advanced scripting capabilities (Scheme, Python, Perl)
    • Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters
    • Over 100 plug-ins already available
  • Animation

    • Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format
    • MNG support
    • Frame Navigator (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
    • Onion Skin (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
    • Bluebox (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
  • File Handling

    • File formats supported include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others
    • Load, display, convert, save to many file formats
    • SVG path import/export
  • Much, much more!

The GIMP Home

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The English version of a famous Japanese free painting and retouch software for full color graphic, with mask, layer functions. You can use your own customized brush tips and even use an image file as a brush tip to create unique effects. Its user-friendly interface is recommended for CG beginners as well as experts.
Help files do not come with this program. You need to download a separate file from the Pixia website.

Pixia is a cross between Microsoft Paint and a primitive Photoshop. You can add layers, insert text, and apply a bunch of filters to your pictures. Most of the tools are pretty easy to understand once you’ve played around with the program for a few minutes.

Basic Specifications:
- Pixia is a painting tool made exclusively for full color graphics.
- Maximum graphic size: 10240 x 10240 dots (this depends on RAM capacity).
- Number of layers: as many as memory lasts.
- Peripheral devices applicable: TWAIN32 devices, Printers made to use for Microsoft Windows.

Pixia Home

Download Pixia (3.3 MB)



Why use PhotoPlus?
PhotoPlus is the fun photo editing software that brings professional image editing to everyone with just a few clicks of the mouse. This free download enables beginners and professionals alike to produce incredible images for print, multimedia and the web.

PhotoPlus in Action
PhotoPlus is incredible image editing software that enables you to create, manipulate, and enhance photographs, bitmap graphics, and web animations. All the tools you need are provided along with handy hints to enable you to achieve totally unique results.

Installation Tips
It couldn’t be easier to get up and running with this free software. Simply follow the step-by-step guide to downloading your software and getting started on your first document. All the support you’ll need to help you through the process is easily accessible.

Explore the various tutorials for image and photo editing and special effects in the downloadable Companion Document. With hands-on examples, essential theory and useful tips, it won’t be long before you’re adding a professional touch to all your digital photos and graphic images.

If there’s something you’d like to know about your new free software, take a look at our list of Frequently Asked Questions and you may find the solution.

Photo Gifts Templates
You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create artwork for photo gifts using free templates and the online tutorials. All of the templates you need are available for you to download – for free!

PhotoPlus Home

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(You’ll need to register PhotoPlus before you can use it. Enter a valid email address to get the activation number.)



Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

It started development at Washington State University as an undergraduate senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the MS Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple tool for photo and image editing. The programming language used to create Paint.NET is C#, with a small amount of C++ for setup and shell-integration related functionality.


Simple, intuitive user interface
Every feature and user interface element was designed to be immediately intuitive and quickly learnable without assistance. It is also designed to be immediately familiar to users of the original ‘MS Paint’ software that comes with Windows.

Usually only found on expensive or complicated professional software, layers form the basis for a rich image composition experience. You may think of them as a stack of transparency slides that, when viewed together at the same time, form one image.

Powerful Tools
Paint.NET includes simple tools for drawing shapes, including an easy-to-user curve tool for drawing simple splines or Bezier curves. The facilities for creating and working with selections is powerful, yet still simple enough to be picked up quickly. Other powerful tools include the Magic Wand for selecting regions of similar color, and the Clone Stamp for copying or erasing portions of an image. There is also a simple text editor, a tool for zooming, and a Recolor tool.

Unlimited History
Everybody makes mistakes, and everybody changes their mind. To accommodate this, every action you perform on an image is recorded in the History window and may be undone. Once you’ve undone an action, you can also redo it. The length of the history is only limited by available disk space.

Special Effects
Many special effects are including for perfecting your images. Everything from blurring, sharpening, red-eye removal, and embossing are included. Also included is our unique 3D Rotate/Zoom effect that makes it very easy to add perspective and tilting.
Adjustments are also included which help you tweak an image’s brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and levels.

Language Packs
Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, Frisian, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish.

Open Source and Free


Download (English and German)

Ninja Gaiden 2 Trailer

February 21st, 2008 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

This looks to be a great game.

Hello Kitty MMORPG

February 13th, 2008 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

Hello Kitty MMORPG goes beta
Sanrio Digital’s “Hello Kitty Online” accepting players for closed beta

Hong Kong – February 13, 2008: Sanrio Digital (www.sanriodigital.com) today announced the closed beta launch of “Hello Kitty Online”, a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) based on the famous Sanrio characters. Hello Kitty Online allows players to explore and adventure in Sanrio’s fantasy world, a magical land that has recently fallen under the influence of a mysterious and malevolent power.



Players for the closed beta version are invited to apply at the official game site (www.hellokittyonline.com) or community site (www.sanriotown.com) and experience Hello Kitty Online in advance of the game release expected in the second half of 2008. Targeting female players from their pre-teens to twenties, Hello Kitty Online is the first installable MMORPG to set its sights on this demographic profile.

Hello Kitty Online is fully integrated with official Sanrio portal Sanriotown.com, which utilizes blogs, email, video sharing, Sanrio merchandise sales and more to create a digital and social experience accessible at any time. Players of Hello Kitty Online can extend their game experience on Sanriotown.com by interacting with other players, purchasing upgrades for their in-game characters, etc.

In addition to the standard MMORPG features such as customizable avatars, guilds, skill systems, and player economy, some of the outstanding Hello Kitty Online features include:

§    Unique game world: a persistent, beautifully designed environment where thousands of players and NPCs live, explore and quest in a magical world with real and imaginary zones such as the Flower Kingdom, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow, and more. Real world locations offer players the ability to learn about those places.

§    Unique NPCs: players will encounter and interact with popular Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, Badtz-Maru, My Melody, Keroppi, and many others, all animated with a variety of contextual facial expressions.

§    Free to play: Hello Kitty Online is downloaded and played free of charge. There are no subscription fees.

§    Character upgrades: the Item Mall allows players to use real money to purchase special items and upgrades for characters.

§    Player housing: players can build and customize their own houses after acquiring the necessary licenses and materials. Houses depreciate over time and need to be maintained properly or will fall in disuse. A homeowner can invite someone to visit by making an in-game telephone call, and the player called will automatically be transported to the house if she agrees.

§    Crafting system: Hello Kitty Online has an extensive crafting system with output such as tools & weapons, farming implements & furniture, a wide variety of cooked dishes, and clothing for decorative and stat-modifying items. Raw materials include wood, minerals and metals, and crops.

§    Farming: players can run their own farms, which offer extra storage room and have the potential to produce important raw materials. The farming system incorporates a number of variables such as fertility, pest infestations, and crop characteristics.

§    A different focus: although it has a sophisticated combat system, unlike other MMORPGs combat need not be a primary objective for players of Hello Kitty Online. There are many puzzles to be solved, mini-games to compete in, story lines to follow, and adventures to experience.

For more information and screenshots please visit the Hello Kitty Online Website

About Sanrio Digital
Sanrio Digital is a joint venture between Typhoon Games (HK) Ltd. and Sanrio Co. Ltd. Sanrio Digital is responsible for the expansion of Sanrio intellectual property assets into various digital and online media, capitalizing on an extensive library of original material that includes world-famous brands such as Hello Kitty, Badtz Maru, My Melody, and others. For more information please visit www.sanriodigital.com

Sanrio Digital (HK) Ltd
Tel:  +852 2540-2237
Fax:  +852 2803-0211
Email: michelle@sanriodigital.com

Tiny Hello Kitty USB Memory Stick

February 4th, 2008 by ypsilonsiu:hellokitty.com

and now, for something quite unrelated, but cute and tiny and small.

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