Explore, Experiment, Create With Google’s 3D Toontastic
What was once a storytelling app for tiny tots with iPhones in hand is now an engaging 3D app for kids and adults alike! Google has got people going gaga over the new Toontastic 3D that has hit the Play Store just recently. An app for the generation that’s growing up in a tech savvy world, it lets you recreate your imaginations in the form of 3D cartoons. Google describes Toontastic 3D as a tool to develop creative skills in young minds.
The release comes two years after Google acquired Launchpad Toys, the startup that created the earlier version of Toontastic for iOS. While that was already quite a hit with the users, the new 3D spin on the same sets the bar quite high for other app developers exploring the field. It lets you create, animate and even narrate stories like never before.
So how exactly does Toontastic work? To begin with, the app lets you choose from a few presets to get started. Pick the number of acts you want the story to have and you can also choose from a range of customizable characters before getting the animation down. The app has three presets for
you to explore and experiment with.
But that doesn’t mean you lack freedom in making your own story! If the pre-designed background does not appeal to you, feel free to draw your own setting, and you can get the animation rolling with a simple tap. You can even record your own voice-overs and lend narration to the animation. Recreate your dreams, explore your imagination and learn the fun way, all in a dynamic virtual world,
right in your palm.
The earlier version of Toontastic by parent developer Launchpad Toys was very well received by educators and the new 3D version is expected to be no different. One of the presets also includes a school report that only adds to the fun appeal of an app that lets you play and learn at the same time. Some have even gone ahead and described the interactive tool as a kiddie version of video editing softwares, or even PowerPoint presentations in case of the school report.
While the 3D drawing tools and freedom to create your own story arc is appealing enough, Google already has plans of making it bigger. The presets are expected to get interesting additions like news reports and poems with subsequent upgrades. According to the product manager Thushan Amarasiriwardena, “the app will empower kids to imagine, invent and explore while developing skills for the creative jobs of tomorrow—whether they dream of becoming a filmmaker, a teacher, a designer, a cartoonist, or just want to explore the boundaries of their imaginations.”
The app is free for download in Google’s Play Store, with an iOS version available on iTunes.
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by techtalks @TechTalks February 22, 2017 11:34 AM UTC