December 29, 2010 in Lifestyle (E)
[prMac.com] Vitebsk, Belarus - The Macsoftex Company today is pleased to introduce their reference, fine art app, Russian Painting 1.0 for iOS. Optimized for iPad, the Retina display, and standard iPhone, the app includes high-resolution photographs of 750 famous oil paintings by 220 different Russian painters. Divided into works from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, the user may browse using either the thumbnail display or an alphabetical list. Photos are of the highest quality, and may be saved or eMailed. In addition, the user may choose to download free, ultra-high definition files of each painting, generally containing over 1500 pixels of horizontal resolution.
The elegant app employs a black & white, solid and gradient GUI, not pretending to compete with the magnificent colorings of the paintings displayed. As in European art history, the 18th century paintings are primarily portraits of nobility and wealthy patrons, and moving into the 20th century there is a predominance of landscapes and common folk. Russian Painting opens with chapter headings for the three centuries covered, and includes four thumbnails from each period. While the app easily transitions between portrait and landscape modes, the opening page has been proportioned for portrait orientation.
Touching one of the three chapter headings activates a slide-in transition, a scrollable display of all the paintings of that century. Users may view paintings in either a scrollable thumbnail or list view. When viewed on iPad there are 30 thumbnails per screen when viewed vertically, and 24 identically sized thumbnails when viewed horizontally (offering more black space between paintings). Scrolling forward and backward provides a dramatic example of the evolution of Russian painting over time. If the user chooses to display the paintings in list view, they appear with the artist's name, as well as the title of the painting.
* 750 paintings by over 220 Russian painters
* Easily search for paintings
* Custom filter results
* Send pictures via email
* Support for HD graphics on iPad
* Paintings are seen to their best advantage on the self-illuminated, hi-res iPad screen
At any time the user may touch any painting, whereupon it expands to fill the screen. Full screen views may include artist and title, may be scrolled horizontally, or set to display in a slide show mode. Swipe scrolling is extremely smooth, without hesitation or breakup. Depending upon the aspect ratio of the canvas, a double tap may expand the picture to eliminate any black bars on top or bottom. The default is no menu or arrows, so that paintings may be enjoyed fully. Bringing up the thin top and bottom menus allows the user to designate and save Favorites, move up the file hierarchy, move forward or backward one image, initiate slide mode (five seconds each with a cross-dissolve between paintings), or Export (save to photo album, send by eMail, or download ultra-high definition file).
"With the predominance in the West of French, Italian, and American art from 1800 - 2000 the great works of The Russian Federation (Soviet Union, Russian Empire, Tsardom of Russia, Grand Duchy of Moscow, etc.) have yet to receive the attention they deserve," stated Macsoftex Founder, Alex Baturski. "Russian Painting is a wonderful introduction to some of the greatest art of the past three centuries."
* US English, and Russian
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4 tested)
* Universal application
* 577 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Russian Painting 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Review copies are available upon request.
Based in Vitebsk, Belarus, the Macsoftex Company was founded in 2009 by Aliaksei Baturski. The firm operates in the IT field. The main strategic direction of the company is developing applications for the Apple iOS. Copyright (C) 2010 Macsoftex Company. 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.