Posts tagged ‘iPad’

iPad Text Editing App Clean Writer Version 3 Now Available

Cognitive Bits Software has announced the release of Clean Writer 3.0, a major update to their popular text editor app developed exclusively for iPad. Originally created in the summer of 2010, Clean Writer was the first iPad app of its kind – a distraction-free text editor for writers and creative people that boosts creativity by putting the focus on words and WRITING instead of formatting and unnecessary features.

Version 3.0 is the first update since 2012, and brings improvements that dedicated users have called for, including: hardware and software compatibility with modern iPads and iOS versions’ improved Dropbox integration using Dropbox API 2.0; a modern UI with cleaner looks and icons.

 

Other notable features: live counters for words, characters and lines; minimalist UI with the possibility to hide out everything but the text and use multi-touch gestures for navigation and menu invocations; 4 color themes adapted to diurnal or nocturnal writing; custom global font selection; file management with Dropbox integration; keyboard auxiliary bar with user-customizable shortcut keys; inter-app connectivity; sending files as email attachments.

 

Clean Writer for iPad 3.0 is available in the iTunes App Store for only $0.99, 75% off its original price.

plasq Introduces Comic Draw for Schools

plasq(R) today unveiled Comic Draw for Schools, a full-featured comic creation application for iPad. Designed with Apple’s iPad Pro and Pencil in mind, Comic Draw for Schools provides a comprehensive suite of drawing tools, fast and easy script editing and lettering.

plasq Introduces Comic Draw for Schools

“iPad, and especially iPad Pro, is an incredible creative platform,” said Robert Grant, plasq’s CEO. “Now, with Comic Draw for Schools, students of all artistic levels can easily create and share complete multi-page comics right on their iPad. We’re excited to see all the new creative potential this will unleash for students.”

 

Comic Draw for Schools is perfect for creative learning; aiding students to develop planning, conceptual thinking and design skills. Comic Draw for Schools helps students learn about sequential storytelling and allows for student expression. Comic Draw for Schools has everything students require: brushes, fonts and tools to make creating cartoons and comics a fun and easy learning experience.

 

Drawing in Comic Draw for Schools is divided between two separate modes: Sketching and Inking & Coloring. The Sketching interface is distinct and simplified allowing students to focus on creating the simple forms that underlie their final artwork. Once sketching is complete the Inking & Coloring interface brings additional tools and brushes so that the artwork can be refined. Students will find a variety of brushes and color palettes to get them started all of which are customizable. Comic Draw for Schools also incorporates advanced features such as blending, masking, filtering, layer groups and multiple perspective guides per page in order to support the most ambitious projects.

 

For script-editing and lettering Comic Draw for Schools inherits many capabilities from the Apple Design Award-winning Comic Life. Students can refine their story in the script editor, outlining ideas for panels and character dialogue. When lettering, text from the script can easily be dragged and dropped onto the comic pages. A comprehensive style system allows for easy and consistent typography and graphic design. Balloons and their associated tails can be positioned and reshaped as needed, while lettering can be warped for dramatic effect. The lettering elements can also be previewed while sketching ensuring that the entire page will work together before final artwork commences.

 

When the comic is complete students can share in various formats – PDF, JPG, PNG, ePUB and the native Comic Draw format to be shared with other students for collaboration.

 

Device Requirements:
Comic Draw for Schools require iOS 9.1 or higher. Comic Draw for Schools also requires a 64-bit capable iPad (i.e. iPad Air or more recent.)

 

Pricing and Availability:
Comic Draw for Schools is available from the iTunes App Store and Volume Purchase Program for Education store. Comic Draw for Schools is US$19.99. When schools purchase more than 20 licenses on the Volume Purchase Programme for Education store the price is US$9.99.

Comic Draw – Full-Featured Comic Creation App for iPad

plasq(R) today unveiled Comic Draw, a full-featured comic creation and publishing application for iPad. Designed with Apple’s iPad Pro and Pencil in mind, Comic Draw provides a comprehensive suite of drawing tools, fast and easy script editing and lettering, and an integrated publishing platform in the form of the companion app, Comic Connect.

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“iPad, and especially iPad Pro, is an incredible creative platform,” said Robert Grant, plasq’s CEO. “Now, with Comic Draw, comic artists of all levels can easily create and publish complete multi-page comics right on their iPad. We’re excited to see all the new creative potential this will unleash.”

 

Drawing in Comic Draw is divided between two separate modes: Sketching and Inking & Coloring. The Sketching interface is distinct and simplified allowing users to focus on creating the simple forms that underlie their final artwork. Once sketching is complete the Inking & Coloring interface brings additional tools and brushes so that the artwork can be refined. Users will find a variety of brushes and color palettes to get them started all of which are customizable. Comic Draw also incorporates advanced features such as blending, masking, filtering, layer groups and multiple perspective guides per page in order to support the most ambitious projects.

 

For script-editing and lettering Comic Draw inherits many capabilities from the Apple Design Award-winning Comic Life. Users can refine their story in the script editor, outlining ideas for panels and character dialogue. When lettering, text from the script can easily be dragged and dropped onto the comic pages. A comprehensive style system allows for easy and consistent typography and graphic design. Balloons and their associated tails can be positioned and reshaped as needed, while lettering can be warped for dramatic effect. The lettering elements can also be previewed while sketching ensuring that the entire page will work together before final artwork commences.

 

When the comic is complete users have the option of publishing their creation to Comic Draw’s free companion application Comic Connect. Users of Comic Connect can follow their favorite artists and get notifications when new comics are available. The integrated reader presents comics with a natural page turning interface. Users can discover new comic artists, check out the featured comics, and creators can follow their rankings on the charts.

 

Comic Draw and Comic Connect are available from the iTunes App Store. Comic Draw is free to download and all features can be tried for 14 days via a free In-App Purchase. While the regular price will be $19.99 USD to retain access to all the comic creation, editing and publishing features, an introductory 50% (USD $9.99) discount is available during the first month of release. (Offer ends Feb 22nd 2017). Comic Connect is a free download.

Endangered Animals – Practice Statistics – New Educational iPad App

Gebo Kano ehf. today is proud to announce the release of Endangered Animals – Practise Statistics 1.0, a new educational title developed for iPad. Endangered Animals – Practise Statistics is a statistics, nature knowledge and math education rolled into one. Learn about animals in danger and other environmental issues through an interactive trip through statistics and facts.

Endangered Animals - Practice Statistics - New Educational iPad App

Learn statistical concepts
* The mode
* Least value
* Greatest value
* The median
* The mean

 

Create and read charts and tables
* Frequency tables
* Line charts
* Bar charts
* Pie Charts

 

Endangered Animals – Practise statistics is an interactive educational material for children aged 9 to 12. The app contains realistic projects about statistics and is created as extra material along with conventional statistic teaching methods. Additionally, the app includes simple explanations of the concepts and operations that are used in the projects. The theme is endangered animals, and it’s full of information about animals and environmental issues. Therefore, it’s ideal for themed work about the environment or animals or as entertainment for children with a special interest in animals.

 

Each chapter starts with an introduction of the chapter’s content. After the introduction, the user solves statistic problems related to the chapter’s material. Some of the tasks involve answering questions from data and pre-made charts. In others, the users make their charts from data. In the Panda chapter, for example, the user is supposed to investigate how much bamboo a group of pandas eat on average in a day and the Rhinoceros chapter, the user ought to make a bar chart demonstrating the horn size of couple of rhinos.

 

A help page opens when a user enters a chapter for the first time. The help explains the concepts and operations relevant to that chapter. In chapters about line charts the help explains line charts, in chapters about bar charts, the help focuses on those and so on. This help does not open automatically when the user enters a chapter a that has been opened before, but it can always be accessed by tapping the help button for operations.

 

Help for the interface with information about how the interface works is also available at the tap of a button. Among other things, it includes information about how to create bar charts, how the calculator works and how to answer questions of each type. The material is not set up in a particular order so the user can work on the chapters in any order they wish, repeat them if necessary or only work on selected chapters. It’s, therefore, possible to pick and choose those chapters identified with the school material being worked on at any given time.

 

Every part has few tasks. Intriguing information about the material is shown between tasks. When a user finishes a chapter, recognition in the form of an information card about the animal being worked on is opened. The information card appears in the animal book which can be accessed from the app’s main menu. The app is designed by a primary school teacher and takes into account math, nature and statistics curriculum.

 

Endangered Animals – Practise Statistics 1.0 is $2.99 and available through the App Store in the Education category.

Calligraphy Handbook 2.1 Leads to More Creativity

Topdune Studio is pleased to announce the release of its new version (2.1) of Calligraphy Handbook. Learning and practicing are the basis of calligraphy. Since the beginning, our application provides the best tools for learning and training in the art of writing beautiful letters. Guide lines, grids, letter models with ductus, and word tracing make your learning easy and highly rewarding.

Calligraphy Handbook 2.1 Leads to More Creativity

In this last update, we encourage users to more creativity with new features for personal artworks: layers for higher performance, and in-app gallery for better storage and navigation.

 

In fact, a beautiful piece of calligraphy needs more than a few minutes to be completed. Usually, the process starts with a rough sketch of the project. You will correct this first draft one or several times. Then you draw your letters, make them perfect. At the final step, you will add some patterns and decorations.

 

This creation process needs more tools than a simple piece of (digital) paper and some grids. You will need place to save unfinished works, or several copies of your draft. You will also need tools to make clean improvements, allowing many cancellations and moves.

 

All these actions are now possible with the layers and the in-app gallery. Layers can be moved, dimmed, merged or duplicated. The gallery allows unlimited work storage. So, you can save drafts, unfinished works, or draw again a saved work.

 

Calligraphy Handbook 2.1 is free with in-app purchases ($3.99 USD to unlock all features), and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. All features and the full paid version can be tested for free during 24 hours.

Avadon 3: The Warborn HD Offers Fantasy Adventure for iPad

Spiderweb Software, Inc. has released Avadon 3: The Warborn 1.0, the final chapter in the Avadon Trilogy, for the iPad. Avadon 3 is an all-new, indie, retro fantasy role-playing game, full of exciting battles, lands to conquer, and the intricate stories Spiderweb Software is known for.

You are a Hand of Avadon, the Black Fortress. You are a warrior and spy, judge and executioner, with nearly unlimited power to fight the enemies of your homeland. Your word is Law.

 

But your lands have been invaded. Your borders have been overrun by barbarians, monsters, and powerful armies. Cities are burning, and your people are desperate for help. Your mad master has discovered a path to ending the war, but your plan will need every scrap of power and resourcefulness to succeed.

 

The ending to the saga is not set in stone, though. Yes, you can defeat the enemy and save your people. You might also betray your people and bring victory to the invaders. You can even, with cunning and violence, gain great power and wealth for yourself. In the conclusion to the Avadon Saga, the choice will be up to you!

 

Avadon 3: The Warborn 1.0 is $11.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available through the App Store. Avadon 3 is also available for Windows and Macintosh.

Calligraphy Penmanship 1.2 Offers Ornamental Penmanship for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Topdune Studio is pleased to announce the release of Calligraphy Penmanship 1.2, developed exclusively for the popular iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. With personalized and very sensitive adjustments of the pencil pressure and smoothness, calligraphers will quickly find the feeling of their favorite shading style. Copperplate or English Commercial hands will be drawn with a single stroke and a very light pressure of your hand on the Pencil.

Calligraphy Penmanship 1.2 Offers Ornamental Penmanship for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

If you want to create ornamental penmanship on a digital tablet, this application will bring to you the unique experience of drawing beautiful letters exactly like using your Brause, Gillott or Hunt steel pen nibs. For calligraphers, digital Penmanship is really helpful for few reasons:

 

* It’s not necessary to reload your pen with ink. You’ll be able to draw your longest stroke and word without lifting your hand. This is the best way to practice Penmanship.

 

* It’s not necessary to clean your pen when changing ink colors.

 

* The undo feature will allow you to correct instantly unwanted strokes.

 

* Zooming on the working screen is an incredible help for a high precision drawing.

 

The application provides beautiful hands for learning and practicing Penmanship, from simple models (such as Gessele or Monastery), to the more sophisticated ones (like Wedding or Renaissance).

 

The application has 3 main parts to practice:
* Learning a letter stroke by stroke, and instantly evaluate your writing skill
* Practicing on a large sheet of paper filled with guide-lines and models to trace
* Free creation page for complete artworks, made from letters and flourished ornaments

 

Calligraphy Penmanship 1.2 is free with in-app purchases (USD 2.99). The full paid version can be tested for free during 3 days.

Smoovie Offers Stop Motion Animation for Education on the iPad

Open Planet Software today is pleased to introduce Smoovie for iPad (v1.6), the new education version of their popular stop motion animation app. Smoovie for iPad is a professional, innovative animation app that brings the creative and deeper learning power of stop motion to classrooms, families and animators around the world.

 

Pupils now have the ability to record their own audio/voiceover straight into their project, and the new, in-app teacher resources give easy access to downloadable PDFs, example lesson plans and stop motion animation ideas … everything you need to get your class up and running!

 

Plus… all the great features that make Smoovie for iPad the perfect tool for effortless stop motion animation in the classroom: instant playback, scenes and frames, onion skinning, adding music, sharing and more … Used by Apple Distinguished Educators around the world.

 

Key Features and Benefits:
* Instant Playback – No rendering means you can instantly play back your work each time you make a change to your project, without having to wait.

* In-app Teacher Resources – Download and print right from inside the app. Storyboard, scene script, character profile, set design and props list templates. Example cross-curriculum lesson plans and stop motion animation techniques all ensure you have enough resources to get your pupils planning their projects and animating in no time.

* Onion Skinning – Possibly the most important feature of a stop motion animation app. It helps the animator to perfect the tiny adjustments required between frames and create the illusion of smooth motion in the finished movie. The live camera feed is made semi-transparent and superimposed onto the previous frame taken, so it’s easy to see where to place your objects for the next shot.

* Record your own voiceover or import a soundtrack – Pupils can plan and record their own audio right into their project, or browse the iPad’s music library to choose the perfect soundtrack.

* Scenes – Arranging content into scenes is a fundamental part of the professional film-making process, and Smoovie is the only stop motion app that lets you do this. Each scene has an independently adjustable playback speed (from 1 to 30 frames per second) allowing you to vary the pace and mood of your animation. You can add new scenes, cut unwanted scenes, capture new action into existing scenes and drag scenes around to change the running order – all with full undo support so you’re safe to experiment.

* Frames Filmstrip – With a quick swipe gesture you move from the scene list to the virtual filmstrip which contains all the individual frames of the project, arranged by scene. Another fundamental part of professional film-making is the ability to edit projects right down at individual frame level. Cut, copy and paste frames, drag frames from one scene to another and even copy frames from other Smoovie projects, all with full undo support.

* Create, copy and paste from other apps – Open up a whole new world of creative possibilities for making content for your animations. Copy and paste content from the Photos app, create titles with Keynote or turn sketches from your favourite drawing app into cartoons.

* Extend the creativity – Smoovie makes it easy to export your animations to be used as content for other apps. You could write your own soundtrack in GarageBand or add some opening effects in iMovie.

* Share – Export your animations to the Camera Roll on your iPad and use any of the share options available to you there, or transfer to your Mac or PC. And if you’ve got Apple TV, you can display your masterpieces on television with AirPlay Mirroring.

 

Smoovie Stop Motion 1.6 is $6.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

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