Animation & Drawing by Do Ink

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Impressive animation tool; a bit complex for newbies.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to create their own animations. They can draw using digital tools, customizing colors and brushes. They then can bring their still images to life, animating them flip-book style or by creating custom vector paths for them to travel along. The features available are versatile enough to let kids' skills progress from using provided images to creating their own custom animations and integrating them into other tools. Animation & Drawing by Do Ink is a rich tool for creating impressive animations and can grow with the user's expertise.

Ease of Play

In-app tutorial is text-heavy, but the website offers a couple of video tutorials that are easy to follow.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Animation & Drawing by Do Ink is a versatile tool that allows kids to make animations. It includes a database of ready-made drawings that can be used to quickly create animations as well as a drawing tool so more advanced animators can create original animations. Kids can share their creations through Dropbox or Google Drive by logging in to those accounts and giving access to the app, or they can save them to the device's camera roll and share from there. A written tutorial is available in-app, and video tutorials are online and easier to follow for kids just getting started with animation.

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What's it about?

ANIMATION & DRAWING BY DO INK opens into the gallery, which includes any saved work and a couple of ready-made examples. The gallery includes clips of completed animations, drawings of still images, and compositions of animations. Kids click the plus sign to create a new drawing or composition and can access the gallery to pull in more drawings or compositions to add to the new composition. The help screen progresses from "first steps" in how to create a composition using existing drawings to how to use the shapes, color, and vector-path tools to create more advanced, original animations. Do Ink animations can be exported for use in Green Screen by Do Ink presentations too.

Is it any good?

Animation & Drawing by Do Ink can work for beginners and experts alike. Beginners can create an impressive animation in only a few minutes, and experts can create custom animations with original drawings using advanced features. However, beginners may have a moment of panic when looking at that white screen surrounded by tools, so the tutorials are a must. Unfortunately, the in-app tutorial is all text and lengthy enough that some kids might give up. Having the video tutorials in-app would be nice, but it is helpful to watch the tutorial on a different screen while playing around with the app on another. The library of clip-art-like images is impressive, but don't worry if something is missing -- that's what the drawing tool is for. Saving and sharing creations is easy too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how animation has changed with technology, from each sketch being hand-drawn for every movement to a tool like this easily creating animation.

  • If the written tutorial is hard to follow, show kids the tutorial videos available on the Do Ink website.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing, film
  • Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge, imagination, making new creations, producing new content
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: April 8, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Arts and Dance
  • Size: 33.90 MB
  • Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
  • Version: 4.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later

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