Wed, 05 Oct 2011 ComicComposer for iPhone review
Convert comics to digital publications for iPad and smartphones
- Manufacturer: AquaFadas
- Pros: Good set of interactive and navigation tools; integrated simulator; free to design and develop publications
- Cons: No documentation yet; publishing/distribution costs need to be factored in
- Price: Free
- Star rating:
ComicComposer, part of the Aquafadas Digital Publishing Suite, doesn’t actually create a comic – that’s still the domain of illustration or page-layout applications. Rather, it adds interactive navigation to existing pages of comics/graphic novels.
You can then send the digital comic to an iPad for testing using myKiosk, which, like ComicComposer is free from Aquafadas. Publishing and distributing your comic as an app will cost you however, for which you have to go through Aquafadas' Publisher Portal. Publishing licenses start at $350 (£222), which is comparable with prices from other digital publishers.
Comic Composer offers two modes for adapting your comic content: Pages mode resizes content to adjust the reading experience to the screen; Animated mode offers a panel-by-panel experience, allowing transitions and other visual effects to be added.
In Animated mode, you can design for various smartphones or tablets, viewing the content in horizontal, vertical (or both) aspects. Documentation is sparse – we were stumped at the page importing stage until an online video showed content has to be JPEG.
Comic Composer offers tools for adding animated effects and navigation as well as a simulator to provide a preview of the work
Once imported, pages are displayed in a large central area. When you have finished creating and editing scenes you can add animation effects. These include different ways to dissolve between panels.
There are some bugs – saving the project in Mac OS X Lion didn't work as of press time