February 23, 2011 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Moscow, Russian Federation - Following the advice to start with the most important, I have to assert (though it is not modest) that there is no other app like this in the AppStore. Clever Tales 1.0 has a lot of original content that is not available anywhere else. These tales are educative and this app is designed by parents to meet the needs of parents and grandparents, for that precious time together when they read and talk to their kids. Along with the content the app has unique features and great implementation.
"I recommend these heart warming and touching tales for children. Inspiring love and care, and good dreams!" Nathalie van Ee "Fun Educational Apps"
Clever Tales app has 2 collections - for the little ones (4+) those who believe in miracles and enjoy being read bedtime stories, and for older children (7+) who also love tales and have so many questions about the world and values. These tales help grown ups talk about things that matter but that are not not often discussed. These things are love and care, friendship and mutual assistance, being part of a community and being a person, and many other things that make the world go round.
Writers of these tales, artists, app-developers and the music composer are people of different nationalities, ages and professions. They come from different countries: Russia, Israel, Holland, Colombia, United States, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine and others. But we are all kids at heart and believe that exploring exciting and educative stories by kids and grown ups together helps people learn great lessons for everyday life via engaging and entertaining form. These kinds of tales have passed the test of time, and though our tales were written these days (available only in AppStore), they have that old-fashioned charming style of storytelling that is so rare nowadays.
In our tales you will find wonderful characters: animals and butterflies, kind magicians and robots, colors and music, beautiful princesses and kings, cars and kids. And what is very important these tales are about friendship and kindness, love and care, self esteem and society, mutual assistance and the never-ending miracles that DO exist in the world around us.
Along with the family-friendly original content the outstanding implementation of this app is worth closer attention. "Clever Tales" have a number of unique features.
Day and Night modes:
Everyone knows that the brightness of the screen in the dark may be too high and difficult on the eyes, especially if you are not going to just check the time, but read quite a large text (like a bedtime story to your child). The iPhone has the ability to adjust brightness, but it often fails to solve the problem. To solve this, we have created "night mode". In this mode, the interface's components change to make their color and brightness minimal, but sufficient for comfortable viewing in the dark. Day mode is optimized for daylight. The app has 3 themes that work for both modes and can be additionally adjusted.
The app has another nice feature that gives users a wonderful opportunity to enjoy soothing jazz music from the app. It can be used as a background music while choosing a tale or while reading. Depending on the day/night mode chosen it will be either merry or soothing music. In order not to disturb the reader the music turns off in the texts by default.
It can be played separately or sent to another device that supports AirPlay. And the last but not the least music feature is "Sleep, my baby" mode. If it is enabled then after you finish reading and lock the screen with the lock button, beautiful soothing music will automatically turn on and your child may fall asleep and see wonderful dreams inspired by our tales and their imagination. In about 20 minutes the music will be turned off automatically.
Export and integration:
The app integrates with social networks. Users can tweet fragments from the tales into their Twitter newsfeed and post the whole tales or just some fragments in Facebook. In this case your post will be supplemented with an icon of the tale that will make it more cute and original. Friends will appreciate it. There is also an option to send the whole tale will all the pictures to the friends via e-mail or print via AirPrint (Number of tales, whose full content can be shared is limited in order to respect authors' and developers' interests).
It allows to find a desired character or some topic in the Clever Tales very easy. The search results are highlighted and all the queries are automatically saved for the future quick access.
"Favorites" and "History" will help you to choose the most loved tales, or find the story that was read recently. The app works in both landscape and portrait modes, supports fullscreen mode, has manual zoom and extensive settings that allow users to modify the interface to suit their individual preferences. It is available in English and Russian languages and more are coming. The app has a detailed Help section and little tooltips.
Primarily this app was designed for the son of Co-Founders of AppGrade, for the little boy who loves tales and enjoys being read long bedtime stories. But too many classic bedtime stories were too impressing or scary. After a couple of bad dreams we wanted to find some stories that would be nice to talk about and not lead to bad dreams. Well-known proper tales were read quite quickly, but we were lucky to get these ones. Then we decided to share them with other families.
The tales were in Russian only but they were read all over the world. We got letters from Japan and Yemen, Korea and USA... The decision to release them in English was obvious - we were getting appeals from people who were writing that they do not know Russian, but love the pictures and want to read the tales. It was very supportive! Authors provided us with professional translation, we have created new design, added useful features and composed gentle music for the app.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 54.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Clever Tales 1.0 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. AppGrade has lots of ideas and determination to realize them, we are already working on the update with more beautiful features to provide our dear users with voice recording function and some other interesting things. But let it be a surprise.
AppGrade is a team of professionals who were inspired by the potential of the iPhone OS platform, its elegance and ease to use, who share the same values and vision about what makes a great app. Since March 2009 we have released two apps that were very successful and rank highly in Russia. We believe that apps for children and their families must be of high quality, with sensible and interesting content without violence, cruelty or "violence is fun" themes. We believe that our children should learn love and care, and our objective is to try to create a better environment for them. We believe that doing our job well, providing our users with high quality apps is one of the ways to make our world a better place to live. Copyright (C) 2011 AppGrade. 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.