This week we present the beginning of a series of posts by customers using the Private Beta version of Composer. Today’s guest post comes from Branden Hart from South Africa. His wife Karen Hart is the author and illustrator of the forthcoming children’s picture book, A is vir Aardvark.
Setting The Scene
The first side effect of owning an iPad that I noticed, was that the pitter patter of little feet at home now become a stampede to greet me in the evenings followed by a fight over who got to play with the iPad first.
Didn’t I feel redundant?
The applications available for Free, 99c and even $3.99 were so appealing and engaging for the little ones, that I started thinking of being able to create my own, fantasizing over my little ones squealing with delight as the worked their way through MY application.
Off to Alice! No. Literally I decided to download Alice, learn “Objective-C” and get cracking …. What was I thinking?!
In the 2011 world of “Instant Gratification”, there must be a better way … surely?
That is when I hit the App Store and Google and found Astrojammies by Stacey Williams-Ng, published by Demibooks. The kids loved it, the Space Baboon freaked my wife out a bit. Best of all there was mention of a “BETA test” – I was intrigued.
I was approved as a Beta tester and we were A for Aardvark – You’ll understand later.
The interface was simple enough to grasp, the idea of assigning actions and properties to an object were familiar, the method of animation simple, and the Preview…MIND BLOWING!
The one downfall of the Apple App Store that I saw, was the lack of childrens books in Afrikaans, and being a bilingual family this tugged at the light switch of enlightenment, why not start with an Afrikaans book followed by an English version? Why limit it to two langauges, we have 11 official languages in South Africa after all.
We opted to do an illustrated Alphabet in English and Afrikaans, A is vir Aardvark was born.
Karen started drawing, and I did the Photoshop and iPad work.
I will never forget the expression of pure Joy I saw on Karen’s face when she first saw one of her drawings come to life. She was hooked, so were the kids and I had found a happy place.
In the posts to follow, I will share some of the Tips and Tricks that helped us bring the book to life.