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Saturday, 12 October 2013

Vittle - App Review



When I first saw this App, the name intrigued me. It reminded me of school... those of you who have read Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' will remember (or not, of course) that Magwitch coerced Pip to get him some 'vittles' (victuals/food).

This App has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with that but, is equally compelling. It allows you to create videos that can include your photographs, as well as sound and your pen strokes.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
At its simplest, the App contains Tools to

Draw
Use your finger or a stylus to draw whatever it is that takes your fancy.

Erase
This is either a 'normal' eraser or you can choose to erase all the 'ink', or the whole page.

Select
Lasso whatever it is that you want to move and/or resize and do it; very effective.

Point
This is a red laser that follows your thumb. Although it might, at first sight, appear to be a bit pointless... it is actually brilliant; read on.

Add
This allows you to add a photograph from your iPad, and remember that you can then also use the Select option to move and resize. An added bonus (and a rare one, at that) is that, by double tapping an image, it can be sent backwards or forwards.

Pens
There are four coloured pens. This is rather neat, as you can set them up to be different colours (pretty well any hue and intensity you want), and you then have them ready to use.

Undo
Nor surprisingly, this undoes the last action.

Redo
... I'll let you guess this one.

Rec
I really hope you are still reading, because this is where it gets even more interesting. This records your actions and sounds, as you make them; the possibilities really are endless. You could put some information on the board and then draw additional bits that you record and voiceover.

Stop
Does exactly the same as on any recorder.

View
Here you can see the results of your efforts.

Once you have created your document, it is actually a video. You can send it by email, or save it to your camera roll and subsequently share it like any other video.

Cost
There is a free version of Vittle to get yourself convinced... and the full-blown version is a very reasonable $9.

Indispensability
If it would be beneficial for you, and your colleagues/family/friends/whoever, to share information that contains movement and/or sound, this is the one for you.

The fact is that it is only your imagination that will set limits to the usefulness of this App.

If you fancy a challenge... create a collage of photographs, then use the pointer whilst you voiceover who it is, or why they were there or...

Dependability
The App requires iOS 6.0 or later and is only available on the iPad, where it works wonderfully but only in landscape mode.

Security
All the data is on your iPad... at least until you decide to share it.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Absolutely brilliant!

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Vittle here and support for the App here.


4 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.7 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Improved video generation performance when there are mixed muted and un-muted scenes on iOS7. Muted scenes recorded on older versions may cause video generation to be slow on iOS7. Re-recording muted scenes should remedy that.

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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.8 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Check for Mic Permissions in iOS7. Please make sure this is turned on in Settings \ Privacy. Mic permissions are required to record. If you wish to mute the mic, you can do so from the Info menu.

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  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.9 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Fixed a bug when importing PDF files that have unsupported characters in their names.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.0 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Fixed a bug where certain multiple-scene videos would fail to be generated under iOS7.

    ReplyDelete

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