March 10, 2013

Vic Mahfood

Animation Desk for iPad

Developer Quote: "Animation Desk for iPad allows users to create hand-drawn animations on iPad. The drawing interface provided by the app resembles the real working environment of a professional animator who completes each frame of an animation on a specially-designed desk, the animation desk."

- COST:     $4.99     - APP STORE STARS:     4-1/2
- Categories: Art, Cartoons, Communications, Entertainment, iPad

Having talent to draw, and do that well, is quite a gift. But, being able to animate all that you draw is quite an accomplishment! You've seen the works of Disney animators as they have created all the famous Disney tales such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin and the entire collection of classic movies. Well, they all got a start with humble beginnings, I am sure, and certainly there was no iPad around on which to practice!

Animation Desk for iPad is quite a unique app created by Kdan Mobile. The Kdan team understand how to insert detail, fine techniques and fluid navigation in their apps. The results are very evident as seen in this animated drawing iPad app. If you are not a natural artist, you'll be quite amazed at the fantastic graphics you can create much like professionals who have been drawing frames for years! Use your beautiful animations and graphics to send as ecards, upload to social networks or just to wow friends with your accomplishments. The list below will show you just how you will create your own animations and the many tools provided to do so:

▪ Four sets of frame rate (FPS) supported
The smoothness of your animation depends on the frame rate and you can choose from 3FPS to 24FPS (frame per second).

▪ Layers
Foreground and Middle Ground supported

▪ Dynamic and static background images
Animate your ideas with ease by applying a dynamic background, or insert your favorite picture as the static background

▪ Audio support
Bring your animated creation to life by adding background music or sound effects

▪ Stamp tool
Use our patented stamp features to add shapes, insert pictures, or copy and paste selected area on a frame

▪ X-Sheet
Ability to repeat target frames and take control of your animations

▪ Various painting tools with pressure sensitivity
Bucket fill tool, smudge Tool, pencil, crayon, fountain pen, three types of brush and eraser

▪ Adjustable size and opacity for the brushes and eraser
Manage every stroke to your liking

▪ Onion Skinning
See an overlay of adjacent frames

▪ Color selection palettes and swatch panels
Decorate your creative ideas with unlimited colors

▪ Palm rejection feature
Rest your hand on the screen without activating other functions

▪ Save to PDF and GIF
Export your animations to PDFs or GIF images

▪ Share your masterpiece with the world
Upload your animations directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Youku

▪ Send animated E-cards
Send your animated work as email attachment to wow your friends

▪ Anizone
An Exclusive YouTube Platform for Animation Desk Users to watch, share, and give feedback on animation works created by other Animation Desk users

▪ Transfer animations between different iDevices and enjoy animating anytime, anywhere

▪ Friendly and gorgeous user interface
Realistic scene for creating animation

Launch Animation Desk to a tool-laden, simulated work desk. Across the top will be the frame measurement guide. On the right will be your color palette loaded with paints for writing and drawing, flood tool paints for backgrounds and eyedropper for details (you can even add your own color swatches). Find a large choice of drawing instruments (including pen, pencil, brush, crayon, stylus), eraser, and the means to adjust the opacity and size of your pen. I was surprised and pleased at just how fine the point could go as this often makes drawing much easier!

The bottom of your display will show the controls (or Play Panel) to animate your drawings. Move from frame to frame, or use the loop function to have your animation run continuously. You can even adjust the FPS (frames per second) played throughout. Here you'll also be able to import sound tracks to add a special touch to your animations. Record your voice, then add that to an animation along with special sound effects.

The stamp tool is another neat feature. Tap it to the left of your display to add shapes or photos. Clone an image to duplicate, or lasso a portion only that you wish to highlight, then snap or crop it. Lastly, the Project Manager lets you manage all the cool designs you have created in this incredible art studio. Tap the play button to view each item. Edit, delete or duplicate your projects. Rename or add a suitable description to your project, then go ahead and share it. Export it to one of several networks, or send it to friends who will likely be blown away by your artistry!

There are so many ways in which you can work with Animation Desk, I definitely could not list them all here. I'd advise watching one of the many videos that cover each creative aspect of the app. I picked the "How to Make An Animation?", "Stamp Tool", and "Background Manager" videos. But I'll be watching the other helpful videos too as there are so many rich features to enjoy.

Attention to detail is what sets Animation Desk apart from others. The onion skin option lets you see the effect of an overlay of frames. The palm rejection feature means you can rest your palm comfortably while working, which in turn will not set off a swarm of drawing features you didn't want! The Anizone YouTube platform is an enjoyable way to watch, learn and admire how others create beautiful, animated graphics. Give yourself the gift of color, beauty, function and creativity in this ingenious, animation production iPad app.

COOL CONCLUSION: Watch your artwork come to life as you draw using rich colors, snip here, clone there, add stamps and soundtracks to create a unique animation born from your fingers and Animation Desk for iPad.
--Date/Version: Updated 3/1/13 - Version 2.2.3
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.3 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: iPad
--Special Note: Animation Desk also comes in a Lite Version if you'd like to check it out.
--Developer: Kdan Mobile Software LTD.
--Facebook: Animation Desk
--Twitter: KdanMobile

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