The Ugly Duckling Storybook HD for iOS - Classic Tale Digitally Enhanced

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[] Taipei, Taiwan - Smash Atom Software today is pleased to introduce The Ugly Duckling Storybook HD 1.0.1 for iOS, their new Book that presents a digitally enhanced version of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Featuring smooth, vector art and professional voiceover narration, the enchanting re-telling presented here is sure to touch children and adults alike. The app includes optional automatic page turns, optional narration Off, touch activated text to speech and sound effects, and a universal binary format optimized for grain-free display on all iOS devices.

The Ugly Duckling, published in 1843, is the story of an ugly bird born into a family of ducks who is ridiculed and abused by the other animals for his ungainly size and grey color. As the seasons pass, he is surprised and delighted to discover that he has matured into a beautiful swan, having been transformed for the better by his own faith in himself, the passing of time, and the workings of nature. A classic fairy tale that is enjoyed by children worldwide, the story has been adapted into other media, such as opera, film, and theater.

With more than 50 versions of the fairy tale available on the App Store, it is reasonable to ask what makes The Ugly Duckling Storybook HD stand out from among the others. Briefly, this trans-national production (the text and voiceover are selectable for English or Mandarin Chinese), achieves a narrative whole that is much more than the sum of its parts. The illustrations and voiceover (plus music and sound effects) complement each other so well that the story comes powerfully alive.

The book's artwork is an example of digital cartooning at its best. Only animals and people are thinly outlined in black; all objects, vegetation, and backgrounds have no outline. This technique has the effect of making the characters "pop," and lends them a strength and dynamism. Great attention has been paid to fills, which are solid colors or gradients. Color fills express ideal textures only found in fiction; the layers of fills and side-by-side contrasting of fills found here create expressive detail without detailing. Very realistic in style, the illustrations successfully use coloring and blending as an inspiration to the reader's own imagination.

The professional reading is similarly effective in engaging the reader's heart and mind. Performing the narration as well as all the character voices, the female voiceover talent tells the story with verve and believability and never crosses over into the patronizing singsong found in other children's books. Readers can turn off the narration to read the story themselves or to have it read to them. Children can touch individual words and the built-in text-to speech function will pronounce that word. Animated page peel transitions can be automatic or swipe activated, and there is a cover flow display of all the pages for random access.

Feature Highlights:
* Beautifully illustrated graphics that children will love
* The same story in English and Mandarin Chinese
* Professional, kid-friendly, native voice narration in both English and Mandarin Chinese
* Set to automatically flip pages or manually flip pages in Read To Me mode
* Touch the screen for fun surprises
* Read aloud any words touched
* Soothing background music
* Jump quickly to different parts of the story using the cover flow display
* Resume and pause story narration
* Easy to use navigation interface by swiping left or right to turn pages, tapping on a word to read it, or using any of the navigation buttons on the top of each story page
* One app that works equally well and is completely free of grain on both the iPhone and iPad

"The classic fairytale about the Ugly Duckling at your finger tips, beautifully rendered and professionally narrated for the iPhone and iPad," commented Daniel Huang of Smash Atom Software. Let The Ugly Duckling teach your children about the joys and pains faced while growing up, and watch them become engrossed by the colorful illustrations and soothing story telling narration."

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone 3GS/4/4S, iPod touch (3rd/4th generation), and iPad 1/2
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 38.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Ugly Duckling Storybook HD 1.0.1 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Review copies are available upon request.

Based in Taipei, Taiwan, Smash Atom Software, LLC was founded by former Vodafone and RedHat employees. By combining technical expertise honed in the open source industry and the mobile industry know how from Vodafone, Smash Atom Software has a unique ability to put out cutting edge products for the mobile apps market. Smash Atom Software is actively working with various private and public schools throughout Asia to create customized apps for use by school children. Copyright (C) 2011 Smash Atom 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.