I got a demo of Smith Micro's Manga Studio 5 earlier this week, and came away impressed -- rarely does one application pack in so many advanced features for professionals while still remaining accessible to hobbyists. No wonder it's the industry standard software for creating not just manga (traditional black-and-white Japanese comics) but also graphic novels, web comics, and comic books.
Toddlers and preschoolers love to draw, and the App Store has no shortage of solutions for keeping little ones busy doing just that. Squiggles! for iPhone is one of the latest, but goes much further by actually bringing your little one’s work to life, complete with animation and sound.
Although many feared that the Mac App Store might crush those sweet software bundle deals, it seems like there's more of them than ever before. One of the biggest has to be the iStack Mac Bundle, which nets buyers $926 worth of awesomeness for a mere $49.99 -- not to mention a chance to win one of those sweet MacBook Pros with Retina Display.
When it comes to iPad apps made for kids, how many of them are any good, let alone great? Viacom’s new Nick Jr. Play & Draw HD happily falls at the latter end of the scale, inspiring creativity while entertaining kids at the same time. Play & Draw HD allows children freedom to create in a colorful, intuitive, and educational environment that features familiar faces like Dora the Explorer.
The Mac App Store certainly has made buying Mac software a convenient affair -- just a click and a password, and boom, there it is. But like the iOS App Store, it's starting to fill up fast. That's good news for you -- lots of choice -- but it also means that when you type in a keyword or open up a category, you're faced with multiple options.
We're here to help.
We put dozens of Mac App Store offerings through our ringer of a reviews process and settled on 20 diverse applications that all scored well and come with our recommendation. Even better? They're less than $20 a pop.
I have this touch-capacitive Pogo stylus, and it never made a lot of sense to me as an iPhone tool unless I was wearing gloves (not likely) or had severely sunburned the tips of all my fingers (even less likely). I know some people like them for typing or drawing, but I never used mine on the small screen. Now, though, I have an iPad, and I want to take notes on it, so I need a notebook-type app I can use to jot down ideas with the stylus or--in a pinch (heh)--my fingers.