Hype 3

A pow­er­ful HTML5 an­i­ma­tion tool with pro fea­tures

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS -

£39.99 (Stan­dard), $99.99 (Pro; about £67) De­vel­oper Tu­mult, tu­mult.com

Re­quires OS X 10.8 or higher, 64-bit pro­ces­sor

Tu­mult’s Hype 3 is an HTML5 de­sign and au­thor­ing tool with an em­pha­sis on an­i­ma­tion and in­ter­ac­tion. With timeline fea­tures sim­i­lar to early ver­sions of Adobe Flash, it can be used for eCards, pre­sen­ta­tions, web­site cre­ation, iBooks con­tent and even sim­ple mo­bile apps. Hype 3 Stan­dard is a free up­grade for pre­vi­ous own­ers of Hype.

Hype makes an­i­ma­tion easy – slap an el­e­ment on stage, whether it’s an im­age, a shape or some text, then hit the big red record but­ton. Move the play­head along and an­i­mate the ob­ject by mov­ing it, ma­nip­u­lat­ing it and chang­ing its opac­ity or colour. Hype does the grunt­work for you, fill­ing in the gaps. Ev­ery­thing you cre­ate in Hype uses HTML5 func­tions, so you can view the out­put in a web browser with no plug-in re­quired.

You can up­grade Hype 3 Stan­dard to Pro, but most of the ex­tra fea­tures are pretty fun­da­men­tal and the kind of thing you’d ex­pect as stan­dard. When fea­tures as ba­sic as lay­out grids are Pro only, it does feel like ra­tioning for the sake of it.

For­tu­nately, not all of Hype Pro’s unique fea­tures are so mun­dane; it’s worth the ex­tra just for grav­ity-based an­i­ma­tion. You can add grav­ity to any el­e­ment, mak­ing it re­spon­sive to de­vice tilt and ori­en­ta­tion, no keyfram­ing re­quired – with col­li­sion de­tec­tion built-in too. Karl Hodge

Hype 3 Pro has a new dark in­ter­face and sup­ports mul­ti­ple scene sizes all within one doc­u­ment. Some Pro-ex­clu­sive fea­tures should be stan­dard, but it makes up for the over­sight with real physics.

Bar­gain price for Stan­dard

Great physics tools in Pro

Clunky ed­itable in­ter­face

Un­der­whelm­ing Pro fea­tures

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