May 8, 2010 in Books (F)
[prMac.com] San Diego, California - Madcap Studios, a company that specializes in Mobile and Web-based Software, announced today the upcoming availability of "Digital Comics" for the iPhone OS, as well as partnerships with publishers Top Cow, Antarctic Press, and Indy Artist Joe Phillips. Digital Comics is a free digital comic book viewing app, featuring an in-app book store, automated book walkthroughs, panel-based action animations, and more.
Filip Sablik, Publisher of Top Cow Productions, says "Madcap Studios has put together one of the most impressive and exciting digital comics readers for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to date with Digital Comics. It's intuitive, a great presentation, and adds some fun features with Panel Mode while utilizing the vibration function on the iPhone too. Top Cow is proud to have our comics available through Digital Comics."
Digital Comics features Panel Mode, an automated Panel-by-Panel walkthrough, featuring dynamic transition speeds, action animations, and an unrivaled sense of presentation.
"As comic book lovers ourselves we know where other apps come up short." said Eric Reedy, President of Madcap Studios. "We wanted an app that we ourselves would use. An app that would really take advantage of this new generation of mobile devices, and not just another image flipper, or bare-minimum panel transition app. There needs to be a sense of presentation.", he continued "And our answer to that is Panel Mode. We feel that manual navigation is very important, and Digital Comics does it very well, but when you really want to be sucked into a book, you just toggle Panel Mode, hit play, and let the app take over from there.", he added "What sets Panel Mode apart from other Panel-By-Panel viewers is the presentation aspect. Ours is a completely automated experience, with the app waiting just long enough for you to read what's being said and take in the scene before moving on. You'll notice smooth, varying transition speeds, used to convey a sense of emotion, and with up to a dozen different action animations used to enhance the otherwise still-art stories, you're sure to agree that is the best way to view digital comic books yet."
In addition to Panel Mode, Digital Comics also features a custom in-app book store, detailed book info, support for seamless 2 page spreads, beautiful in-app background images included with every book, as well as a variety of settings allowing users to customize the app to fit their needs.
"Art Book was the foundation we used while building Digital Comics. It's a core app engine we built to be used in a variety of ways, but the first place we wanted to see it in action was in the digital comic book market.", said Nate Friedman, CTO at Madcap Studios, "We demonstrated that with a tech preview released earlier this year, and it received raving reviews from comic book lovers and professionals all around.", he added "Digital Comics is available today as an iPhone and iPod touch App, and we're hard at work putting the finishing touches on the iPad-native version, which will soon be released as a free update."
Digital Comics is available now in the App Store as a free iPhone / iPod touch download. 7 books will be available immediately, 4 of which are free, including Wanted #1, Witchblade #1, The Heretic #1-4, and The Darkness / PITT #1, with hundreds more on the way. Several free and paid books will be added to the in-app Book Store every week, and an iPad-native Universal update is coming soon, as a free update.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 3.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Digital Comics 1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
Madcap Studios is a collaboration of diverse talent ranging from artistic design and unique web application creation, to desktop and iPhone development. Madcap was founded in September 2008 by Eric Reedy and Nate Friedman. Their contrasting personalities and skill sets led to some fascinating innovations in the fields of programming, web design, and script building. It currently consists of two active studios, located in San Diego, and San Francisco, CA. Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Madcap Studios. 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.