Crayola ColorStudio HD

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Clever digital coloring book becomes costly with stylus.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is fairly easy to use but some users have complained about having to press down fairly hard on the iMarker stylus pen.

Violence & scariness

No violence, but one picture has a monster peeking out through a box in an attic and two kids looking scared.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app is free but a digital stylus is required to unlock most of the content; it's $30. There is a "More Crayola" spot on the app's main page that links users to Crayola.com, Crayola on Facebook, and the Crayola YouTube channel. Crayola's YouTube channel is all family-friendly content, but once on the site it's possible to navigate over to less-appropriate material.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Tapping the "More Crayola" icon on the app's main page lets you visit Crayola.com, Crayola on Facebook and the Crayola YouTube channel. There is a button to share creations via email or Facebook.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Crayola Colorstudio HD is a free coloring book app but to unlock most of the content you'll need to pay $30 for the digital stylus. The app allows kids to color various pages –- even ones with animation and sound effects. Kids can choose between various kinds of crayons, pencil crayons, paintbrushes, and markers; other choices include color, tip size (small, medium, and large), and an eraser to remove mistakes. The 30-odd coloring pages are family-friendly, and kids with the special stylus can also create their own coloring pages or free draw on a white screen. Pages can be shared via printing, email, or Facebook.

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What's it about?

Combine the timeless pastimes of drawing with the popularity of tablet computers and you'll end up with Crayola ColorStudio HD [http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crayola-colorstudio-hd/id420671716?mt=8], a new iPad app and accompanying stylus pen that resembles a magic marker.
Consider this download is a digital coloring book, as it allows kids to color various pages – even ones that come alive with animation and sound effects.
The free app gives you 10 coloring pages to start, but in order to unlock all 30 of them (and a lot more content coming in July via a free update), you're encouraged to buy the Crayola iMarker ($29.99). Once the digital stylus is detected on the iPad screen, you'll have access to all of the extra pages, as well as the ability to create your own coloring pages and free draw on a blank canvas.
You can choose between various kinds of crayons, pencil crayons, paintbrushes and markers, plus a choice in color, tip size (small, medium and large) and an eraser to remove mistakes. Alternatively, you can tap the "undo" arrow to remove larger sections you no longer want.
Coloring pages are divided into sections, such as Sports, Monsters, Jungle, Seasons and Underwater. As an example of an animated underwater scene, a giant squid waves its eight tentacles, bubbles float up and clown fish swim by. Thankfully, the animated object stops moving when you start to color it in, plus to help kids out further, it's not possible to color outside of the lines.
When you're done coloring, you can save, email or wirelessly print your creation (iOS 4.2 or later), or upload it to Facebook. Speaking of printing, since you can create your own coloring pages – with a number of templates, objects and tools to take advantage of -- they can be used with regular markers, crayons and paintbrushes.
Griffin Technology's Crayola ColorStudio HD isn't the first coloring book for iPad, but it has a few things going for it: the pages are animated; you get a number of crayons, brushes and markers; and a familiar magic marker to use on the tablet. While the iMarker stylus is a clever idea – and has colored LEDs inside so it lights up when in use – at $30 it's a pricey product for what it is. I also found you also need to press fairly hard on the pen for it to work, which might be an issue for some kids (my youngest, a 6 year-old, said it took some time getting used to).
I tried using another stylus to unlock the full coloring book (the Pogo Stylus), but it didn't work. You can choose to color the pages with your fingertip in the Options screen, however.
Price notwithstanding, this app and stylus serves as a clever present for a young iPad owner.

Is it any good?

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Combine the timeless pastime of drawing with the popularity of tablet computers and you'll end up with CRAYOLA COLORSTUDIO HD, an iPad app and stylus pen that resembles a magic marker. This app isn't the first coloring book for iPad, but it has a few things going for it: the pages are animated; you get a number of crayons, brushes, and markers; and you use a familiar magic marker-like stylus on the tablet.

While the iMarker stylus is a clever idea -- and has colored LEDs inside so it lights up when in use -- at $30 it's a pricey product for what it is. Plus, you'll need to press fairly hard on the pen for it to work, which might be an issue for some kids. You can choose to color the pages with your fingertip in the Options screen, however. Price notwithstanding, this app and stylus serves as a clever present for a young iPad user.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free, but stylus pen costs $29.99
Release date:June 16, 2011
Category:Kids Games
Size:71.40 MB
Publisher:Griffin Technology
Version:1.1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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