Review: Type Drawing


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Jul 5, 2008
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Type Drawing, by Hansol Huh
$.99, Four stars

  • Can add new meaning or emphasis to drawings
  • Quick way to create interesting doodles

  • Need better method for size control
  • Difficult to play just one letter or short phrase

Type drawing a fun, unique app that take a different approach to doodling. Instead of using lines, pens, and brushes, type drawing uses text input as the drawing tool. Using sentences, words, or any text characters that the user inputs as the "brush", you can draw or doodle to create new images. You can even modify or enhance existing pictures or photos in your photo album.

The use is fairly simple. You start by choosing your "paper" - either a yellow notepad (complete with coffee cup stain), white paper, a camera picture, or an existing picture in your photo album. You then choose the text you want to type - a word, phrase, sentence, characters, or even just gibberish. When you have typed your text, you can then choose the font. To start drawing, just slide your finger across the screen. The text you types will appear as a line as you move the finger. If you reach the end of the text, it will start over automatically.

You can adjust the font and text while you are creating, so you can change what the text is or the font that is being used. This enables you to use multiple sentences or phrases in any picture. When drawing, the speed that you move your finger changes the size of the text itself.

I really wish there was some way to adjust the font size other than speed of the finger. Maybe set a minimum or maximum, because moving the finger at different speeds can be difficult to control. I also wish there was the ability to limit the repeating of the text - maybe something to make sure a sentence is just printed once or something. This would allow for greater control when adding emphasis to existing pictures.

I also think it would be really cool to have a "trace" option - where you could use a picture as a template, but not actually be writing on the picture (basically just tracing it). That would allow us non-artist folks to draw interesting pictures by tracing things from other pictures.

All in all, this is a fun little app, easy to use, that can really enhance existing pictures or create interesting doodles. At $.99, the price is just write, and it allows you to create the kind of images that "normal" drawing/image editing apps don't allow. Four out of five stars.

Rating scale:

* = No redeeming qualities or features, probably not worth it even if it is free
** = Few redeeming qualities, or is simply isn't worth the price
*** = Some good features but also some clear flaws.
**** = A solid app, worth the money if interested, a few flaws or problems or slightly overpriced
***** = Top of the line app, no problems or drawbacks.

Price is factored into the ratings. Ratings are lowered if I feel the price of the app outweighs the benefits/enjoyment/features it provides. Likewise, an app that is a good value for the money will have a higher rating.

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