My favorite software from GoKnow, Sketchy, is now available in the App Store for iPod touch and iPhone! Sketchy has been around for years on Palm handhelds and Pocket PCs, and it has been enjoyed by thousands of students. They have a yearly contest and you can view example animations from my former students. The process of creating a flipbook-style animation is incredibly educational. When students of any age make an animation about any subject, they learn a lot during the process, and they have a final product that they view over and over and over.
Here's GoKnow's description of Sketchy for iPhone:
Get started now with Sketchy - the easy to use drawing and animation app. You can use different drawing tools, photos from your library or direct from the camera, and even text to create frame based animations (or flipbooks).
- Simple user interface
- Import right from the camera or photo library
- Paint brush, eraser, rectangle, filled rectangle, oval, and filled oval tools
- Select tool - double tap to select all
- Text tool - annotate your photos and drawings
- Many colors to choose from
- Adjustable drawing width
- Cut, copy, paste, and delete
- Undo function
- Duplicate frames
- Start drawing right away with your finger
- Use + button to add new frames - including from the camera or photo library
- Tools button lets you change the drawing tool, width, and color
- With select tool, double tap to select whole frame
- Edit button brings up Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, and Undo
- Files button to create new animation or open previous animations
- Tap frame number to jump to another frame
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
Sketchy ($0.99) for iPhone is really quick to learn. Popular animation apps, Flipbook ($4.99) and Flipbook Lite (Free), are more complicated in comparison to Sketchy because Flipbook has many more features. The most important feature that Sketchy lacks is a way to share animations. There is not a way to export the animation for viewing online or on other iPods and iPhones. In contrast, Flipbook projects can be saved as an MPEG-4 videos on the flipbook.tv site (read my previous post about the Flipbook app). Another similar app, Animation Creator ($0.99) can export to YouTube. I hope an export feature is added to Sketchy soon because everyone loves to share their animations.
After working with Sketchy, Flipbook, and Animation Creator, Sketchy is the most simple. Animation Creator has a good balance of features versus ease-of-use. Flipbook has the most features and is the most complicated to learn. Sketchy has one very important feature the others do not: a text tool. It's so much better to annotate a drawing when you can type on the screen. Handwriting on an iPod touch or iPhone is difficult and usually looks sloppy.
It's great that we have options when it comes to animation apps. Whichever app you use, drawing with a finger can be challenging. You might look into a stylus for drawing.