December 9, 2010 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Berkeley, California - The Snow Globes 3D! iPad children's book app masterfully combines world-class animation with physics-based snow simulation to create a magical storytime experience. Viewable in both standard 2D and stereoscopic eye-popping 3D, the delightful holiday-themed illustrations come to life with interactive touch spots and snowflakes that move in response to the tilt of the iPad screen.
The developers at See Here Studios drew upon their extensive background in animation production to produce this richly visualized interactive storybook. Writer/designer Valerie Mih has worked as a professional animator and director for over fifteen years, creating animation for feature films (Pixar Animation Studios), educational television (PBS) and interactive software (Electronic Arts, Posit Science).
Snow Globes 3D! tells an open-ended story through illustrated vignettes and accompanying text that guides readers from scene to scene. Each snow globe scene contains unique characters and environments. Young readers are encouraged to explore the snow globe vignettes through touch and to imagine their own stories for the characters.
The app portrays an appealing variety of snow globe vignettes:
* Visit New York City's giant Christmas tree - and make the tree light up.
* Search for animals hidden in a snow-covered forest.
* Play with a family made out of snow, including a pet snow cat.
* Explore a beautifully decorated gingerbread house.
* Visit Santa and his elves while they load a sleigh with presents.
* Fly through the air with Santa and his reindeer, delivering presents along the way.
In addition, Snow Globes 3D! includes signature features of Tickle Books(TM) apps from See Here Studios. Most notably, users can experience the app in two different viewing modes: 2D or stereoscopic 3D. The appropriate red/cyan 3D glasses can easily be ordered from a link within the app.
The 2D view provides a standard storybook experience, enjoyable in itself. The 3D view offers a unique and exciting stereoscopic depth experience that has garnered raves from reviewers and users alike. The iPhone Mom writes "in my opinion the 3D version takes the experience to a different level."
An iTunes user review exclaims, "This is by far one of the most amazing uses of technology in a kids book. My daughter immediately ran to her bedroom to get her 3D glasses from a science book she had...I wish I could take a picture of the two of us on the couch with our glasses on watching the iPad in total awe!"
The app also includes the ability turn the narration and musical score on or off ("Read to Me" or "Read Myself"), and an auto-play feature for automatic page turning.
Pricing and Availability:
Snow Globes 3D! 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Please visit See Here Studios for more information.
See Here Studios LLC is an app development company founded by two professional artists, Wallace E. Keller and Valerie Mih, who together have over 35 years combined experience in the illustration and animation fields. The Studio's mission is to create inspiring entertainment for kids by combining world-class artistry with new storytelling technologies. Copyright (C) 2010 See Here Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.