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ABCya! Animate

ABCya! Animate

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad, iPhone

The ABCYa! Animate app from is a clever and simple way to teach children about animation. The app introduces basic cell animation techniques combined with stop motion animation in a way that even young ones can understand.

Here's how it works: the app begins as children start the first frame of their animation by either creating their own drawing, or selecting an image from the included library of fun objects. Once satisfied with that first screen, they advance to the next frame of the animation and make adjustments or changes to their drawing. After repeating this process several times with several different frames, the last step is to hit the play button, the app will play back the frames in sequence and voila! The objects and drawings move.

Using this app becomes very intuitive very quickly without further instruction and children quickly pick up the concept and start moving objects all around the screen creating cool animations. That children can get to this point is a credit to the well designed interface with simple controls and easy-to-grasp tools.

While this is a fun and basic approach to animation, one possible improvement could consider as they move forward is making the photo library on the user's device available inside the app. That way children can use the built in camera to take pictures of themselves and animate them, or use existing photos already on the iPad. However, some parents might be excited not to share the use of the camera roll and camera with the program and will find this function be a benefit of the app

There is a certain satisfaction that comes with seeing one's own creations move around the screen as if by magic. This app delivers that satisfaction by giving users the ability to create a slew of funny, silly animations all their own.

Tim Leverett   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Tim Leverett is an entrepreneur living in Rochester, NY. Tim created the Giggles Computer Funtime For Baby Software Series and Club Toddler, and is considered an expert in children's media and software products. He is dad to an 11 year old boy and has many nieces and nephews spanning the ages of newborn to 19 years old.

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