Monday, May 18, 2009

Android Apps Review: Drawing Apps

In this review I will talk about two different apps with one purpose - to help the Android users to show their creative side by making some drawings. They also have one more thing in common - they are both bad. No, I mean BAD. I will quickly describe each of them:

Kids Paint - I know, the title says it all, but could the authors at least put some thinking while making it? I am assuming they didn't, since the result is hardly usable. This app has no menu options and no controls. Every next touch generates a line with different color and diameter. The lack of menu means also that the only way to exit the app is to hold down the Back button for a while, which brings the Undo feature - which is also the only control over the app. Scrolling in some direction with the trackball changed the background color, but does nothing else.

p.a.i.n.t.m.a.n : Paint Animate - A bad name for a bad app. Unlike Kids Paint, at least this time there is a menu with Color picker, New Painting, Send painting and a short help. There is also a Play option, but I will come back to it in a moment. Again, there is no control over the diameter of the 'brush', but at least there is a Color picker, which unfortunately is almost completely useless due to the small size of the color ring. No Undo option or an Exit button completes the picture. However, there is the already mentioned Play option, which is actually fun to watch. Once you have some picture created, you can play back the painting sequence in a vector mode. Despite being acceptable, this feature still can't save this app from being mediocre.

Worth installing? I am still waiting for the Android version of Brushes or another app with similar functionality. Brushes is my ideal for a good painting app for the moment and one of the very few reasons to envy the iPhone fan-boys.

What do I want to see in future versions? To the authors of the two apps: refer to Brushes and try to do a better job next time.


Kids Paint -

p.a.i.n.t.m.a.n : Paint Animate - 3/10

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