Storybook Maker: Written iPhone App Review
Every now and again, we happen to come across an app that we simply cannot rate high enough. We don’t like to hide this during a review, which is why we’re going to go ahead ands say it: Storybook Maker by developer Merge Mobile is the single best way we have seen yet to enhance and encourage your child’s creativity with nothing but an iPad. It offers a world of possibilities and simply used tools that equates to a wide variety of end results—all of them true showcases of your child’s ingenuity. If your interest has been piqued, go ahead and scroll on down below the break for our full review. Starting with:
Concept and Functionality
The idea behind Storybook Maker is simple, expressive, and ultimately focused on your child’s imagination. This is accomplished by simply offering a wide set of tools, graphics, and items for your kids to play with. However, essentially the app works at its core as a graphics software suite made simple. It provides your child with a blank page or layout, and then a system of well-presented tools to fill that space with.
For instance, your child can select to create a short story. The app then provides them with a bunch of blank pages. From the sides, the child can then begin to draw with their own fingers using a variety of brushes, pop in clip art stickers, arrange borders, add text description, and even include their own custom recorded audio. This is just scratching the surface, as well, but for brevity’s sake, we’ll leave it there. All in all, with a multitude of tools, five different layouts and the ability to save a work once it has been finished, we simply cannot think of a better way to introduce your child to the concept of creating their own content on the iPad.
Design and Interface
Now, here’s the kicker with Storybook Maker: The app would be absolutely worthless without a solid interface. Thankfully, Storybook Maker brings the pain in that category—metaphorically speaking. The interface is lively, well-animated, bright and inviting in every way possible. Tools have been laid out in a while that does not inhibit their capabilities, but does simplify their complexity. This makes it far easier for the child to interact with the app, and all without losing out to some “dumbed down” version of a graphics suite. Additionally, the entire process of creating a booklet has been crafted so that it hand-holds the child from beginning to end. In other words, the app invites your children in at the beginning, provides them with a full artistic studio, and then helps them finish their own works with grace. It’s an incredible endeavor.
At first glance, you might think Storybook Maker a bit expensive at a solid $3.99 in the App Store. However, we ask you: If you were to give your child the app once a day and ask them to create a short story describing their day, do you think the creative encouraged here would be worth four bucks? We certainly think so. Very much, indeed.
Storybook Maker requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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