I am the artist of the family here at
Family Friendly Gaming. Paul told me about Flipbook HD on the iPad. This
is an art program where we can turn our creations into movies. Are you
familiar with the concept of flipping pages in a book quickly to see the
animation? Flipbook HD does this on the iPad. I started using Flipbook
HD with extremely high hopes. I thought it might be a way children could
learn the basics of animation.
I started up Flipbook HD, and went through the slide show that taught me how to use it. Well it taught most things. I could not figure out how to get rid of that slide show. It stayed there. So I tried to find a way to create my own project. In the process of my trying different buttons Flipbook HD crashed. And not just once or twice. It kept crashing. I kept completely turning off my iPad, and coming back into the app.
Flipbook HD has a clean look to it. There are a few colors that we can use to create our masterpieces, as well as different tools to do a few things. I appreciate the animation in Flipbook HD. I love how we can adjust how quickly or how slowly each slide will load. There are no sounds in Flipbook HD so it is a quiet experience. Expect maybe your own fussing trying to figure out how to do certain things.
I tried over and over again to find a way to duplicate one slide to the next. I wanted to do that to make slight modifications to it. Having to draw each page from scratch was a pain. Trying to figure out how to make tracks invisible (tapping the eyeball to the left of it on the bottom panel) was also a pain. Be careful what buttons you touch because you can go into full screen mode and then have fun finding your way back. The crashes are the biggest problem with Flipbook HD though. I hope an upgrade fixes it. I sent them multiple reports until the app stopped asking me to do it.
I see a lot of potential in Flipbook HD. This can be a great learning tool for those interested in art and in animation. Flipbook HD is not quite there yet, but I hope to see easier ways to copy and paste things, as well as starting new projects. Keep an eye out for improvements in Flipbook HD in the future, I certainly will be.
Family Friendly Factor: 85%
Publisher: Josh Anon
Rating: ‘4+' - 4+
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