March 9, 2011 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Pontirolo Nuovo, Italy - Simone is an iPad app which looks like a children's book that can be watched and read together with children from 3 to 8 years old. The app is based on wonderful illustrations by the Italian talented illustrator Graziano Vitale which come from a background of designing children's books that span 20 years.
This is the classic story about children that are scared by monsters hidden inside the closet or under the bed. In this story but the end will be with a surprise finale. The magic of the old style books is recreated on the modern iPad magical device. Simone and the night's monsters is an iPad ebook focused on utilizing at best the mobile device to create the animations children will love.
The idea behind the app-book 'Simone and the nigth's monsters' is to take an old fashioned children book painted by italian artist Graziano Vitale and bring it to the iPad era. The original drawings are digitally scanned, then each of the characters isolated and the backgrounds are rebuilt by the author himself using digital tools.
Once all the graphics are split among layers it was animated using Final Cut Express software to create a series of short movies. A stunning soundtrack cinema-like is added to each scene. Then Simiula put all together into an iPad app and the result it is a stunning animated book. In fact is not like to watch a movie, but it looks like an old fashioned book which is beautiful animated on the device.
This book can be loved by children and parents because it's not fun if they aren't together to use the iPad - the children take control of the iPad watching the animated scenes, but the parent must read aloud the text of each page. In our tests the children demanting that behaviour from adults.
Features of this iPad e-book:
* The character's name can be changed and also the monster's names
* the story can be watched with colorful animations and sound, but with page by page turn
* the story can be read as normal paper book
* Abandon the story before the end (quit the app) auto-save the page to come back to it later on
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 55.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Simone and the night's monsters 1.0 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
Located in Pontirolo Nuovo, Bergamo/Italy, Simiula is a new privately held Italian company founded in 2009 by Gerardo Iula. From home computer games, to the PC application software, internet 1.0, to the modern Apps for mobile devices with touch screen, Gerardo has been since 1984. The company leverages the latest technologies, but used in creative ways and always connected to social networks. Copyright (C) 2011 Simiula. 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.