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Affinity Designer

A few years ago, I was commissioned to create an online course about Affinity Designer. This was when Affinity Designer was still fairly new and not a ton of illustrators used it. Fast-forward three and a half years, and it’s become one of the best graphics applications for both desktop and iPads.

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Affinity Designer for Windows interface

Truth be told, just based on the work I had after creating the course, I stopped using Affinity Designer for awhile. When I heard they were debuting a version for the iPad, I quickly regained interest and bought it on its release day. It immediately became one of my favorite iOS apps that I own and I’ve used it almost every day since.

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Affinity Designer for iPad

The iPad version is full-featured and not just a watered down version. Also, sticking to Serif’s business plan, there are no subscription payments involved, everything is buy-once, keep forever. It’s definitely worth your time to watch their tutorial videos about using gestures to control the app, as they’ve done a great job translating mouse clicks into finger gestures.

Since the iPad version release, I’ve been drawing in Affinity Designer so much that I had to update my website to display all of the new illustrations I’ve completed. Everything from t-shirt designs, concept art, and final products that I’ve used for my day job have been done all on my iPad.

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I love that if I’m on the go, I can just grab my iPad and take the project I had open on my PC or MacBook and open it in the iOS version of Designer. It’s really as simple as just opening the file from Dropbox or Google Drive and finishing your work on the go.

I also have the PC, MacOS, and iOS versions of Affinity Photo, but I haven’t had a chance to use them extensively yet. I did play around with some of the features for some quick photo editing and it seemed pretty intuitive just like Designer.

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Affinity Photo interface

Overall, if you haven’t tried Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo and you’re tired of paying for Adobe Creative Cloud, you really should check them out. If you’re an Adobe InDesign user, they’re also making Affinity Publisher, which is currently in Beta as of the time of this writing. Now if I could only get them to make an Adobe Animate CC replacement, I could completely drop all Adobe products…

Maddie Bear Comics Now in iBooks & Paperback!

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The Maddie Bear Comic Strip Collection Volume 1 is now available for the iPad and Macintosh via iBooks and in paperback format.

The iBook version includes: 93 Comics with Interactive Author’s Commentary, Behind the Scenes Sketches, and bonus video.

The paperback edition includes: 93 Comics, 82 Pages, Author’s Commentary, and Behind the Scenes Sketches.

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Maddie Bear’s Birthday iPad App: FREE!

This is the month of my daughter Maddie’s birthday. To celebrate, I’m giving away Maddie Bear’s Birthday for iPad for free for a limited time. Some of you may remember the days when the birthday kid in school would bring in cupcakes to celebrate their birthday. This is Maddie’s version of that, everyone gets a free iPad app. If you could leave a review as a birthday gift to her, it would be very appreciated.

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OSMO: iPad Learning For Kids

I just discovered a new accessory for the iPad called OSMO. It’s pretty much a mirror and stand that you attach to your iPad that allows your kids to interact with the device using real-world objects, such as Scrabble-style letters, wooden shapes, and paper/markers.

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The kit comes with the OSMO kit (stand/mirror sensor), wooden letters, and wooden triangles that can be used with their free apps on the App Store. To play the Newton game, your child just needs a sheet of paper and a marker to interact with the app.

The games will challenge your kids to guess what an image is by placing the corresponding letters in front of the iPad, or to replicate a shape shown on screen by using the wooden triangles provided, or to draw shapes on a piece of paper that the game will interact with.

It’s available to pre-order now until June 22nd, and you’ll get a 50% discount. It definitely seems like a great way for kids to use that iPad that is more engaging than simply tapping on the screen. I’ve pre-ordered one for my daughter, I’ll write a full review when I receive it in the mail.

For more information, check out OSMO’s site here.

Maddie Bear’s Birthday: iPad App Giveaway!

Maddie Bear’s Birthday was just released for the Apple iPad! To celebrate, the first 20 people who purchase the paperback version get a free promo code for the app. Here’s how to claim your free iPad version:

  1. Purchase Maddie Bear’s Birthday from Amazon or the autographed bundle from MaddieBearBooks.com
  2. Use the “Contact” button on MaddieBearBooks.com to e-mail your receipt of purchase
  3. Await your free promo code for the iPad version

You can either give the promo code to a friend, or use it to have both the interactive and paperback version for you and your kids.

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Maddie Bear's Birthday for iPad
Maddie Bear’s Birthday for iPad

Maddie Bear’s Birthday: iPad App Coming Soon!

I’m happy to announce that I just uploaded version 1.0 of the Maddie Bear’s Birthday app to Apple for approval.

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Approval process is usually about two weeks, so hopefully soon you’ll be able to pick up your copy! The iPad version differs from the paperback in that it contains a spot the difference mini game, animations, music and sound effects. Sometimes it’s nice to have a version with all of the bells and whistles and sometimes it’s nice to have a regular book, so that’s why I wanted to create both versions.

You can still pick up a copy of the autographed book bundle from www.MaddieBearBooks.com!

The Perfect Pillow: Print Edition

My first children’s book app “The Perfect Pillow” has been selling by the thousands for the Kindle Fire and iPad, but my friends and family that don’t own tablet devices were never able to read it to their children.

Last night, I decided to convert it to an actual paperback book so I could keep a print version around the house for my daughter. You can pick up your copy using the link below:

The Perfect Pillow
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The Perfect Pillow

I ordered my copy last night, I’ll post pictures when it arrives.

Picked-On Poindexter

For the past few months, I have been working with Huggable Melodies to create a storybook app to go along with their stuffed plush animal line. Today, Apple finally approved the iPad version and I’m happy to announce that you can download it for both the iPad and Kindle Fire!

It’s on a special introductory sale price of $.99 USD, so don’t hesitate to scoop it up before it goes up to regular price. It’s already featured in Kwik’s Showcase which you can check out here.

App Review: DoInk

As many of you probably already know, Wacom announced their new mobile tablet line, which allows digital illustrators to draw on the go. This is a great idea, but many people aren’t too fond of being tied to Windows or Android operating systems, or dropping $1600-$2500 USD for the luxury to be mobile. Wacom also announced a pressure-sensitive stylus for the iPad for a more reasonable $100 USD, but it doesn’t have much of a benefit if your drawing app of choice doesn’t support it.

So lately I’ve been the hunt for a good drawing app that is similar to Adobe Flash and supports Wacom’s new stylus, does animation, vector lines, .PNG exporting, canvas resizing, and has features like pencil, paint brush and paint bucket. After downloading about 20 drawing apps, I’ve come to the conclusion it doesn’t exist or I still have yet to find it. A few I’ve tried are Sketchbook Pro, Sketchbook Ink, Adobe Ideas, Animation Desk, iDraw, Paper, Penultimate, Bamboo Paper, Skitch, Drawing Pad, Procreate, Artrage, ArtStudio, Inkist, and FlipInk.

Charles McKeever (@CoronaGeek) mentioned DoInk to me a few days ago, but before I bought another drawing app that didn’t fit the bill, I first decided to email the company who makes it. I asked if it supports individual .png exporting and Wacom’s new pen. To my surprise, DoInk is created by one developer who gave a prompt response saying those items were on his to-do list, but it’s difficult implementing everything he would like to see in the app. As an individual developer myself, I completely understand the balance of features you want to create and time available to do so.

I decided to give DoInk a shot, especially since I figured it’d be a fun app and it’d support a fellow indie app developer. The app is very similar to Adobe Flash, which was a great surprise. The lines aren’t vector, but they’re still pretty crisp and there is paint bucket support. The user interface is pretty intuitive, as soon as I opened the app I was able to draw a character and animate him. Once you have your animation drawn, you can overlay it on top of a background drawing, a pre-made background, or even a picture from your camera roll. Then when your scene is setup, you can export the video to your camera roll. From there you can send it to your DropBox or even edit it in iMovie.

So is DoInk the drawing app I’ve been searching for? Not really, it doesn’t support .png exporting or Wacom’s pen yet. Is it a lot of fun to use? Yes, it’s nice being able to create Flash-like animations on the go. Honestly, I think I might be stuck to sitting at a desk when it comes to drawing artwork for my apps, but DoInk is definitely a great app when you want to animate away from your computer chair. If you’re looking for a good animation app, definitely pick this one up.