If you had told me, just a couple of years ago, that Epic and Crytek would both have iOS apps in the store, I’m not sure I would have believed you. The Unreal Engine is one of the most popular graphical engines for major high resolution games, but Crytek is also very popular for its graphical work on Crysis and a few other titles. Epic has had a couple of hits in the App Store already with the Infinity Blade series, and here comes Crytek, working not on a big-time shooter for iOS, but a much cuter physics platformer-style game called Fibble.
Fibble looks great, especially on the newer iOS devices. Crytek has brought its full engine expertise to bear, and so textures look terrific, everything’s bright and clear, and the game runs very well. The gameplay is sort of a weird mix of platforming and golf. You move Fibble around by flicking him like a slingshot, and then you can use a series of other controls (like jumping or speeding up) to navigate a course, trying to get to a certain point in as few “flicks” as possible. It’s simple, but there’s a fair amount of things to do in 30 different levels.
Since it’s almost National Parks Week in the US(April 21-29), we’re seeing some iOS apps offered for free that normally have a cost to them. I’ve already mentioned the Chimani series of National Parks guides, and now I want to call your attention to Fotopedia National Parks, a universal iOS app that contains almost 3000 superb images taken by renowned photographer Quang-Tuan Luong.
This app is not a detailed guide to the National Parks, but rather the equivalent of a coffee table book filled with dazzling photographs.
Here’s an unsurprising piece of news — people in states with higher median income levels tend to purchase iPads more than those who are in less affluent states. This nugget of important information comes from online ad network Chitika, which is tracking where third-generation iPads are being activated in the United States.
Chitika mixed its data showing new iPad activations (currently at about 10.1 percent of all iPad traffic) with U.S. Census Bureau data. They found that the top areas with new iPads are California, Hawaii (probably due to Doc Rock’s influence), Nevada, Washington D.C., and Washington state.
Apple’s senior VP of Industrial design, Jony Ive, was nominated for a British Visionary Innovator award by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office.
This list includes other notable innovators including Sir James Dyson who created the dual cyclone vacuum cleaner, Sir Tim Berners-Lee who played an integral role in the early development of HTTP and the World Wide Web, J. K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame and others
Ebooks are the current darlings of the publishing world, but there is still a huge demand for printed materials. Blurb, an online platform for designing, publishing, marketing, and selling pro-quality books, has partnered with commercial printing firm Consolidated Graphics, Inc (CGX) to produce an Adobe InDesign plug-in that works with a new service called Publish to allow print-on-demand books in runs as small as one.
Publish lets designers use their familiar friend Adobe InDesign to prepare their projects. The plug-in has templates for four cover formats, five paper types, and eight trim sizes. The plug-in then moves projects to Blurb, where they can be proofed, given automated pre-flight checks, and then ordered via credit card. Blurb notes that the workflow speeds project completion times by about 75 percent.