A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to create chalk drawings on a digital version of an old-fashioned chalkboard. They are limited to only a few choices in terms of color and line thickness, but the chalk and sponge eraser have a realistic look. The ability to send a final product with an audio recording is well-integrated into the program so even little kids will be able to figure it out, though parents will want to monitor sharing. Bord is a simple chalk drawing program that provides an interesting playback feature for budding artists.
Ease of Play
The app has simple controls for drawing and erasing, choosing chalk size, and picking a green or black background. There is one button to save/share images and one to load saved images. One problem: If you select "Post on Facebook" but decide not to log in, there is no way to close the login screen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bord is an innovative chalkboard app that allows users to draw pictures with realistic-looking chalk and a sponge eraser. Drawings can be saved and shared, and loading a saved picture plays back the drawing process. Pictures can be emailed or shared on Facebook.
Is It Any Good?
BORD is, at first glance, a very simple chalkboard app. You pick from six colors of chalk or a sponge eraser, three different sizes for drawing or erasing, and a green or black background. Much like a real chalkboard, the lines are faint until you color over them again, and the sponge doesn't entirely erase the chalk on the first pass. But where this really stands out is in saving and loading images. Images can be saved to the Photo Gallery, but when saved pictures are loaded, the entire drawing process is played back. You can select real time playback or up to 8x speed.
Since the app also allows sharing pictures via email or Facebook, younger children may need to be monitored. The only flaw in the design is that if "Post to Facebook" is selected but you decide not to log in, there is no way to close the login screen without rebooting the app. Other than that, the only thing missing from this chalkboard is the squeak.
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