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Entries in Classics (2)

Midway Arcade Brings Back the Classics for 99¢

Fancy loading your iPad up with Arcade classics Defender, Rampage, Spy Hunter, Joust and a few others for just 99¢ / 69p?

You have a chance to do exactly that thanks to Midway Arcade, actually Warner Bros (Midway seem to be in liquidation but fighting it).

For another 99¢ you can get Gauntlet, Gauntlett II and Wizard of Wor via in-app purchase and the nostalgia fest continues with APB (sadly no steering wheel provided), NARC and Total Carnage for a further 99¢.

They are pretty faithful ports, as far as we can tell, the controls are a bit sluggish sometimes, but some of that is down to the onscreen joystick. We like the 3D arcade lobby UI and some of the other arcade games (Air Hockey, Basketball, Pool and Roll Ball) are a nice bonus.

If this tickles your nostalgia fancy get on over to the App Store and grab Midway Arcade for its launch price.

If You Can't Make It - Fake It with AutoPainter HD

We know AutoPainter HD has been out for a while, but it has just appeared on our radar after it was recently updated and we are ever so slightly besotted with it.

Mediachance, the Developers behind the iOS and more feature rich Windows and Mac versions of AutoPainter, claim that the app doesn't apply a filter but instead paints a version of the image using the original photo as guide.

The 3 stage 'painting' process is fascinating to watch and usually takes under 2 minutes on the iPad, but you can stop Stage 3, where detail is added, at any point before it has finished if you like what you see.

Results

We have to say the results and textures used are impressive. Even when you zoom in you can see detail like the simulated canvas texture, brush strokes and scratches. Although limited to only 4 styles in the iOS version (Aquarell, Benson, Cezanne and Van Gogh) we think it is very well done.

It is a guilty pleasure too, because we know it's cheating and not 'real art', but we can't help liking the results, and so does everyone we show them to. You may have to experiment a bit with the original image, some don't work very well with any of the 4 styles, and some only work well with 1 or maybe 2 of them. Mediachance suggest starting with things you know will work well with a style, for example flowers, then experiment with other source images.

Educational Value

We think it would fun to try this in a school art class where children could take photos of themselves or objects around the school, import them into AutoPainter HD and learn about the different styles of painting, how they interpret the original image, using this app.

Pricing and Demos

At the current price of $0.99 or 69p in the App Store, we think it is a bit of a bargain for creating small prints, postcards, gift cards, portraits with a twist for family and a whole host of other uses. Here's a video from Developers Mediachance showing what the app can do, this was at release and before they added the 'Portrait Mask' feature to enhance details on faces or other areas of a picture. When you have watched that, check out some of our results below.

Our Results

Here is an original image taken in a nearby Bluebell forest and below that the AutoPainter HD results for each style (the Benson version is now our iPad Lock Screen wallpaper). As you will see, not every style fits every photo exactly (select any image to see it at a larger size):

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Aquarell:

Benson:

 Cezanne:

 Van Gogh:

Portraits 

This time a portrait shot, results here are a little less pleasing in all styles. We used the 'Portrait Mask' feature to select the face for extra detail work, as shown below:

 Original Photo:

 Aquarell:

 Benson:

 Cezanne:

 Van Gogh:

Not the most flattering effect!

 

Have you tried AutoPainter HD on your iPad? Let us know what you think in the comments.