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A few of my favourite things…

Over the last two years of owning the iPad, I have downloaded lots of different apps, some of which were free and a fair few that cost hard cash!

At the recent JISC RSC SW TurboTEL event in Taunton I delivered a ten minute presentation on my favourite iPad apps.

Here are the links to all the apps in the iTunes App Store as well as a brief description of what the app is about and why I like it. Continue reading A few of my favourite things…

ComicBook! – iPhone App of the Week

ComicBook! – iPhone App of the Week

This is a regular feature of the blog looking at various Apps available. Some of the apps will be useful for those involved in learning technologies, others will be useful in improving the way in which you work, whilst a few will be just plain fun! Some will be free, others will cost a little and one or two will be what some will think is quite expensive.

This week’s App is ComicBook!

ComicBook! is the FULL featured comic book creation app!

In only seconds, turn yourself and your friends into comic heroes or villains. Be the star in your own comic book adventures.

Realistic comic styling with a wide selection of: image filters, comic fonts, customizable captions, a library of classic comic graphics and dozens of multi-panel page layouts.


If you downloaded Halftone recently following my review of it a few weeks ago and are now looking to do something more than just the single image in Halftone then you might want to have a look at one of the more dedicated comic creation app.

If you have an iPhone or iPod touch then I would suggest you have a look at ComicBook!

It allows you to quickly create a comic strip using existing photographs or you can take some with your built in camera. You can, after choosing a layout add those images, either from the library or take them with the camera.

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100 ways to use a VLE – #89 Embedding a Comic Strip

Often many VLE courses look very “boring”, a list of resources and activities. Often many VLE courses look very “boring”, a list of resources and activities. This is partly down to the fact that a VLE is often seen by practitioners as a repository of content, with links to resources and activities. One way to break up the list is to use embedded graphics to enhance the visual appeal of the course on the VLE.

One use of graphic that can enhance the look of a VLE course or as a mechanism to engage learners is to embed a comic strip into the VLE course.

Comic strips can be serious as well as humourous. They can be used as the starting point for a discussion, to emphasise the key topics in an assignment, to engage learners in a particular subject or just to break up a list of other resources.

You can either use an existing comic strip or using a tool create your own.

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Comic Life 2 for Mac

I am a great fan of the Comic Life application and have used it quite a few times at work to create comics for handouts, flyers and pages in our staff newsletter.

Comic Life 2 for Mac has been out for a while but the special introduction price of £13.99 ends on the 1st August. So if you like the idea of creating comics and have a Mac then Comic Life 2 is a great piece of software that makes it easy and fun.

Turn your photos into comic layouts (even entire books!) with Comic Life. Speech balloons, fonts and filters give you all the tools you need to make the perfect photo comic.

Check it out in the Mac App Store. For Windows users version 1 is available.

Cheap Comic Life for iPad

Plasq have a special offer on at the moment, until 00.01  on Sunday, Comic Life for iPad is half price.

I really like Comic Life for Mac (also on special until 1st August) and was well impressed when it was released for the iPad. I have been meaning to write a review for my App of the Week, but as it is currently on special offer for a couple of days I thought I would blog about it. It’s already great value for money, so for only £2.49 it’s worth getting it at this price.

Comic Life, the award winning photo comic creation software, has been redesigned for the iPad. It’s the funnest, easiest and fastest way ever to create photo comics on a mobile device. Your comics come to life with our integrated reader on the brilliant iPad display. It’s simple to get started with full page templates and panel layouts. Bring in photos from Photobooth or your library and use our powerful editing and design tools to get exactly the look you want.

Comic Life for iPad has everything you need for creating and sharing comics, including fun and quirky templates, stylized image filters, and an easy-to-use drag and drop placement. You have full control over the design of your comics with a huge selection design options – colors, fonts, gradients, balloons, captions, panels and more.

The Comic Life app is designed to parallel that of Apple’s iWork suite of apps, making it easy for you to transition your skills from Pages and Keynote to Comic Life. With similar tap functions and commands, it is simple to hit the ground running with Comic Life for iPad.

The app makes it easy to design your comic exactly the way you want. Create radial and linear color gradients for perfect the lettering effect, precisely place balloon tails with advanced controls, reshape image panels, build titles and captions with all of your favorite font and style choices.

When your comic is complete, use the integrated reader to flip though the pages on your iPad. You can also easily share your comic with other options: print, e-mail, or upload to Facebook. New to Comic Life for iPad is our innovative In Tray option which allows you to share your comics with other iPads nearby. Comic collections provide a simple way to keep things tidy as the number of comics created on your iPad increases.

It’s a great app and works very well on the iPad, if you are ever going to make comics for handouts, flyers or newsletters then Comic Life is ideal and the iPad version is great for quick and easy comics and comic strips.

Check it out in the iTunes Store.