In 2002 I developed a computer program that implements the Kisekae Set system, KiSS, a Japanese graphics system originally developed to facilitate costume changes on virtual dolls.

September 19, 2023. Kisekae UltraKiss has been updated to Version 3.6.1 to support the Scarecrow game sets. UltraKiss is now a full replacement for PlayFKiss when running all Scarecrow sets.

UltraKiss 3.6.1

Kisekae sets are drawings of anime characters with many different costumes, packaged in a file for viewing the work. KiSS is a presentation method that allows the artist to program certain actions as you interact with the anime doll.

UltraKiss was developed to help artists build their KiSS sets. UltraKiss reads and interprets KiSS data files.  These files contain computer graphics images, color palettes and data control files.  Objects, such as the doll figure, costumes, and other items are constructed from layered image components that usually show only parts of the complete image.  Objects could be manipulated through user actions or through  a simple event processing model that enables timed animations or other actions if objects are touched or dragged across the screen.  Color variations, enabled through palette changes in UltraKiss, could also be used to produce different results.  UltraKiss supported multimedia sound, graphic animation and worldwide web access to KiSS sets through an integrated Internet browser.

In 2008 I ceased this work. Computers were faster and the KiSS model was replaced with better animation tools.

In 2018 I removed this application from my websites. Later, I had a request to restore the application.

Download and Installation

UltraKiss 3.6.1 is now packaged with Install4j multi-platform installer builder for fully bundled installers on Windows, Linux, and Apple systems.

This is the preferred method to install UltraKiss for 64 bit architecture systems. For bundled installer programs please see the download links on GitHub.

See https://github.com/kisekae/UltraKiss/releases/tag/V3.6.1

For a standard installation on 32 bit or 64 bit architecture systems using a zip file distribution, download ultrakiss_3.6.1.zip. Extract the files.

UltraKiss is currently packaged as a zip archive file with Launch4j. All required files to run UltraKiss, including a stand alone Java run-time system are packaged in the zip file.

For local execution on a Windows system with or without Java installed, extract the files and run UltraKiss_3.6.1.exe found in the ultrakiss folder.

For local execution on a Linux or Apple system with Java already installed, run the kisekae.jar file from the ultrakiss folder using the java -jar kisekae.jar command.

On all systems, you must run the UltraKiss program from within the ultrakiss folder. This is required for the sound and help libraries to be found. This folder also contains a standalone version of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for systems that do not have Java installed.

If the .jar extension is configured in your system as a Java application then you can run the program by directly clicking on this file.

The source code for this project is available on GitHub under project Kisekae UltraKiss. If you are interested in contributing to this project please contact me.