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Easy Studio - Animate with Shapes

Easy Studio - Animate with Shapes

Fall 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 6 & Up
Download Price: $3.99
Platform: iPad

Easy Studio—Animate with Shapes! is a great way to entertain creative kids, and for them to entertain friends and family in return. Players can make simple or elaborate animations using geometric shapes of a variety of colors and sizes. Animation is done by hand—players place shapes, snapshot the screen, then move onto the next frame, until a whole sequence has been built.

Players can begin by doing several tutorials, starting by simply moving shapes around the screen and working up to creating elaborate images in motion. Those with some experience with drawing programs can probably move straight on to the free play of Expert mode (after a quick glance at the information page to learn the meanings of the buttons), where they will find many familiar tools, allowing them to change colors, duplicate, rotate, group, and resize shapes at will. Advanced users will find Easy Studio to be a powerful animation tool, and as they add frames to their work they will be able to speed up the frame rate for a higher quality look. Animations can be saved and exported from the program for sharing.

This is an app without age limit—children as young as 6 will have no problem understanding the tutorial, and our 8- and 13-year-old testers were keen to spend time working on projects, so much so that eager parents barely had a chance to share in the fun. Those who are new to animation will gain a new appreciation for the amount of work involved in making the many frames required for a complex result. Patient artists can render some very impressive sequences and be proud of their results.

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Look for this product at:
Les Trois Elles Interactive
Available on iTunes

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