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Kid Pix Deluxe 3D

Kid Pix Deluxe 3D

Spring 2011 Software
Ages: 4 & Up
Publisher: Software MacKiev

Kid Pix is a title that has been around for just about as long as software for kids has. The latest installment, Kid Pix Deluxe 3D, does not disappoint with its amazing array of creativity tools. The 3D appears in many ways. Some of the paint tools have lighting effects to look as though paint has been smeared or squeezed right out of the tube. There are now 3D backgrounds with 3D characters and animations, including insects, space, transportation and sports to put in the scenes. Animated compositions can be saved with stereo 3D effects, viewable with the provided 3D glasses. While the effect isn't perfect, kids are sure to feel proud of their 3D movies.

Younger users will need some handholding to get started, but if kids set off with the spirit of exploration, they'll find lots to tap into their creative juices. The art tools include backgrounds, stamps, drawing and painting tools (both 2D and 3D), and lots of different patterns to choose from. There are also filters and selection tools that, while not on the level of an art program like Photoshop, give kids more ways to experiment. To make animations, there are simple motion paths that can be created visually. Players can also use their computer's camera and microphone to put themselves into the video. There are no timelines, and you can't control layers, which is good for the younger range of the spectrum but could be frustrating for older players looking for more control. The newer features, like the 3D animation, look much slicker than things like the pixilated stamps that can be added. Still, while this software is pricey, it has enough features to make it a great creative tool for kids of different ages.

Amy Kraft   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Amy Kraft is a freelance writer, producer, and game designer with over ten years of experience making media for children. She writes the blog Media Macaroni and lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and son.

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