Hype 2

Matt’s get­ting an­i­mated about this bril­liant HTML5 cre­ator app

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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.

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