Animation Desk for iPad is a full animation studio released by Kdan Mobile Software Ltd.
The application allows you to create simple animations that you can then export out to facebook, youtube or your photo library.
The application gets you to create a project, you are then given a blank canvas to work on, draw your first picture, then you can select the next blank canvas or duplicate the existing one. The duplication make it very easy to animate more stationary images. The previous image is visible through the current canvas so you can judge how much you want to move the image. Normally, you will erase the parts of the image that are moving and then draw them back in at a new location.
To draw is simple, just select the colour you want from the paint pots and then select a drawing tool, a pencil, a paint brush etc, then start drawing.
There are three different view modes, the desk view, the film strip view and a full screen view. Each has its advantage. The film strip is good if you want to move the images around in the time flow.
The user interface is good, and easy to navigate, however, I would have liked the colour palette to have better controls. Do not forget to press the ? in the bottom right when you start to learn the functions, flick left and right to see the various screen views.
On the upside:
- Well designed user interface.
- Excellent animation tool
On the downside:
- Wish you could export the videos are the speed you wanted some animations look better at 1/4 speed.
- Lack of options over pen/paint sizes.
Overall, this is a great animation tool, I really enjoyed putting some simple animations together, and then saving them off into my photo library. My seven year old son is also loves this application, he picked it up quickly and has been building some nice animations of his own. This is an impressive and simple application that does exactly what you would want it too.
Size: 38 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.59