April 18, 2011 in Lifestyle (E)
[prMac.com] Vitebsk, Belarus - Macsoftex is pleased today to introduce National Gallery, London 1.0 for iOS, their lifestyle app that gives the user access to an outstanding, searchable collection of 1,195 great paintings from the collection of the National Gallery in London. Representing the works of more than 400 world-renowned artists, it includes masterpieces from the 14th through the 20th centuries. Art lovers may browse the immense collection by Century (thumbnail mosaic of every work) or by Artist (alphabetical listing). Users may download HD versions of any work, or receive ultra high-resolution files of any painting via email, both at no additional cost. Artists whose work appears in the collection include: Rembrandt, Raphael, Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and many more.
National Gallery, London launches in either portrait or landscape mode. At the top of the screen is a blank text field for search entries, and at the bottom of the screen are two buttons: By Century and By Name. The first brings up a scrollable radio button list of six different centuries, each with a sample painting. The second of the two mode buttons, By Name, brings up a scrolling list of artist's names with a quick access thumb index along the right margin. More than 400 different artists are listed, along with the number of their works that are included in the collection.
In both By Century and By Name modes, there is an intelligent search field. For example, entering the search term "Saint Jerome" brings up the names and thumbnails of 10 paintings. Entering "Saint J" returns more than 30 different paintings whose title fulfills the search requirements. As mentioned, there are hideable navigational arrows at the bottom of full screen images, allowing the user to incrementally move forward or backward, one painting at a time; and horizontal scrolling can also be performed by swiping.
National Gallery, London has an extensive set of features for sharing, favorites, and obtaining HD and ultra-high resolution copies of each work. The app includes integrated email, Facebook, and Vkontakte (the popular Facebook clone serving Russia, Belarus, the Ukraine, etc.) connectivity for sharing paintings. Users may download HD versions (approximately 2,000 x 700 pixels) of any painting directly from the Macsoftex server at no charge. Also available by email are ultra-high resolution files (approximately 6,500 x 2,100 pixels), again, at no cost. These larger files, intended for personal use only, are appropriate for the iPad display, close study of small areas of a painting, fine art printing, etc.
* 1,195 of the best paintings by over 400 painters
* Separation of paintings by artist
* Easily search for paintings
* Custom filter results
* Send pictures via email
* Download HD pictures from server to iOS Photo Album
* Get the HD version of each picture (from 1548x4226 to 7689x4215 pixels) via email
* Support for HD graphics on iPad
* Paintings are seen to their best advantage on the self-illuminated, hi-res iPad screen
* Publish pictures on Facebook
* Coming soon: additional 992 paintings, and division of works by genre
"National Gallery, London is the ideal app for the art lover, student of art history, painter, or any person who enjoys the beauty of great paintings," stated company manager, Alex Baturski. "A great deal of care has gone into the creation of this app, in order to do justice to the works it presents."
* US English, Russian
* iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
* iPhone OS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.3 tested)
* 484 MB
Pricing and Availability:
National Gallery, London 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Review copies are available upon request.
Located in Vitebsk, Belarus, Macsoftex Company operates in the IT field. The main strategic direction of the company is developing applications for the Apple iOS. Currently, the company has more than 30 titles on the App Store. Copyright (C) 2011 Macsoftex Company. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.