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Animation Desk for iPad

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Offering the closest thing we have seen to a real-world scenario for animation, new app Animation Desk for iPad has got us dreaming up ideas for our own animated classic.

Based on the easel, or desk, of a traditional cell animator, the user interface of Animation Desk uses warm colours and appealing visual elements to emulate the wooden desk and tracing pad that you would have seen (and still might see) in the big animation studios of days gone by.

We love the onion skinning effect, which simulates tracing paper overlaid on the previous frame so that you can draw your new frame on top of it, quickly flicking back and forth to get the effect of your animation.

The video below is from the developers and shows a highly sped up process of drawing an animation, which makes your head spin a bit, but the resulting animation is shown if you watch to the end.

The iPad's screen size lends itself perfectly to something like this and we think this could definitely be of use to anyone, but especially to working or aspiring animators who need to sketch out ideas quickly or mock up some ideas.

Animation Desk only has the one layer to work with though, so really it is for sketching ideas out than a full on animated production but still, we think the potential is there. 

We can imagine Animation Desk also helping to sketch out presentations or project ideas and with the built in export to a movie in your iPad's Photo Library, YouTube or even Facebook if you need to, that idea can be shared or used in Keynote/PowerPoint presentations fairly easily.

Animation Desk is only $2.99 (£1.79) in the app store which we think is a great price for this app so it is certainly worth checking out.

We found a number of animations exported to YouTube from Animation Desk, many of them very short (and some of them with content we wouldn't want to share with you here) but we have included a few of the better examples below.


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Reader Comments (8)

This app would be a lot better if you were able to zoom in on your drawings.
I hope they will fix that.
Another interesting animation app, though totally different is Photopuppet.

January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZamzu

@Zamzu - We agree about the zoom, have you emailed the Developer? They seem to be quite responsive.

Thanks for your comment.

January 6, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

The zoom can be optained by going into the general settings and turning on the zoomfeature in accessability

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmoke

This app looks great is there a limit to the length of the animation?

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRon

Hi Ron - we don't think there is a limit, we haven't seen any evidence of it anyway, but if you find anything to the contrary please let us know.

Thanks for commenting.

February 11, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Looks great for traditional-style animation. At .99 cents right now in iTunes, I've gotta give it a whirl.

February 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicolas Solberg

Hi Nicholas - definitely worth $0.99 in our opinion. We have really enjoyed playing around with it and the kids love using it too, when they have the patience.

February 26, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Yet another update to this app today, and pinch to zoom was added,great!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZamzu

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