Matt’s getting animated about this brilliant HTML5 creator app
For me, one thing that makes an app stand out is if it makes cool stuff really easy to do. Hype is one of those apps. Animating with HTML5 is accessible by creating tools to control it visually, instead of having to know code. The great thing about HTML5 is it’s flexible and capable, enabling you to create everything from a funky banner for a site to a full animated story to a game or interactive book. Tumult, Hype’s developer, knows this, and the app offers great depth in this way – its marketing mostly mentions animation, and what comes to mind might be little extras for a website, but the possibilities go so far beyond that.
However, when I say Hype makes it easy to do this stuff, I’m talking as someone who spent years messing about with keyframes in Final Cut Pro 7 for editing videos, Hype’s canvas and timeline are familiar to me‚ it might need more learning if you haven’t used in-depth keyframing tools before. All it takes, though, is patience – as I mentioned, there’s no code required. Hype makes it easy without the above qualification for code thanks to a recording tool. Start recording, then just move the element you want in the way you want, and Hype turns it into a saved animation. The app is one of those tools that grows with you beautifully‚ you’re not inundated with useless options at the start, but you can find the more advanced tools as you grow in confidence.
I’m sure web developers will tell you Hype makes it easy to create great professional-looking stuff, but I find it fun to play with as much as anything else‚ especially with its options for dedicated iOS controls, and the fact you can use it to make widgets for iBooks Author.