December 22, 2011 in Entertainment (E)
[prMac.com] Medford, Massachusetts - Knert Software today is pleased to announce PegLight 2 v1.0 free for iOS, a major update to their peg art Entertainment app for kids. Featuring multi-touch drawing, four different colors, and variable zoom, PegLight 1 was cited as "New & Noteworthy" and achieved 500,000 downloads. PegLight 2 adds a shape selection tool, an improved GUI, and a PegLight Community for sharing peg drawings with other users. Also available as individual, in-app purchases are: 20 different colors, square pegs, star pegs, and triangle pegs. These options add a never before seen dimension to peg art, multiplying the possibilities of color and texture enormously. Similar to well-known toys, PegLight's giant pixels let kids create imaginative drawings.
At launch in landscape orientation, PegLight 2 displays a blank canvas, a large grid of dark gray dots on a black background. In the lower left of the tab bar are five dots from which to choose: black, red, yellow, green, or blue. Touching any color selects it, and young artists can "insert" color pegs into any "hole" in the grid. Pegs can be put in one at a time by touching any dot, whether empty or already filled. Dragging across the screen creates a line of colored pegs. And dragging slowly with two fingers creates two lines. In fact, kids can draw together or use as many of their own fingers as they like. New in this version is the shape selection tool. In addition to the Normal mode, where pegs are applied individually, a Square tool lets the user drag the outline of a square or rectangle, which is automatically filled in with pegs. The Ellipse tool lets the user drag a white outline of a circle or ellipse, which is immediately filled in when the artist lifts their finger from the screen.
The continuously variable 3x zoom makes it easy to create detailed drawings, as each dot becomes as large as or larger than a fingertip. With single pixel accuracy, artists can experiment with line and color, and use black pegs to simulate holes. A very useful new feature is that touching any dot creates a peg that is twice its normal size, which quickly shrinks down to normal. In this way, the color and shape of the peg is never hidden by the artist's finger. In addition, the touch interface has been improved so that kids can drag their finger continuously to create smooth, unbroken, complex lines and fills.
Most exciting about this latest update is the creation of a PegLight Community for sharing peg drawings with other users. From within the app, users can browse drawings that have been uploaded by others, and they can download any drawing into the app with one touch. Once opened in the app, kids can use a downloaded drawing as a template to create their own rendering of the picture. Artists can also save their own work for uploading to the Community, for display, or to continue working on later. The PegLight Community page mimics the iTunes store, with icons for Featured, Top Rated, Top Downloads, and My Uploads.
* Completely revamped UI
* New, optional peg styles (stars, triangles and squares)
* New selection tool (Normal, Square, Ellipse)
* PegLight Community for sharing peg drawings with other PegLight 2 users
* Universal app that works on iPad and iPhone
* Improved interface from the original PegLight
* Many more features planned in the next two months
"PegLight drawings, by virtue of the medium itself, are always expressive and interesting," commented Michael Marceau of Knert Software. "Even the youngest kids will be proud of their PegLight creations."
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 4.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
PegLight 2 v1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. There are four different in-app purchases available for $0.99 (USD) each.
Located in Medford, Massachusetts, Knert Software, LLC was founded in 2010 by Michael Marceau. Knert Software is dedicated to making high quality mobile applications. Copyright (C) 2010-2011 Knert Software LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.