YALSA App of the Week: DoInk

Title: DoInk
Cost: $4.99
Platform: iPad running iOS 3.2 or later

Many teens, and probably quite a few librarians, will find DoInk an app that they could spend hours with. Why? Because it makes it possible to, through a fairly simple process, create animations on an iPad.


The basics:

  • Create “drawing sequences” in DoInk on the iPad. For example, in the animation above, that shows my lack of drawing skills, I created a sunny day drawing sequence, a person starting to walk drawing sequence, and a thought bubble drawing sequence.
  • Create a composition that is made up of the drawings available. For example, I put the sunny day background, the person, and the thought bubble into one composition.
  • Size each of the drawing sequences so they fit the animation canvas available.
  • In the composition organize when you want each drawing to play, set the timing for each drawing (for example should the pieces loop), and arrange the drawings so that they play in the sequence that you would like.
    DoInk composition screen
  • Add paths to any of the drawings that you add to the composition. For example, for the person I drew in a walking position, I used the pathing tool in DoInk to show movement across the screen.
  • Save to the iPad camera roll, to the DoInk.com website, or just to the DoInk app.

Those are just the basics. The drawing tools in DoInk are pretty extensive and include shapes, brushes, a full color palette, and more. When in composition mode it’s possible to add drawings that others have created in DoInk to one’s own composition. That means drawings teens create in the app can be seen and used by others (if uploaded to the DoInk website). That can be pretty exciting for a teen. This also gives you a good chance to talk about copyright with teens who are using DoInk. Teens can consider the impact of allowing others to use their drawings in works not created by themselves.

If you have teens that are DrawSomething players DoInk might be a perfect way to expand their horizons. Have teens use some of the drawings they’ve produced, or seen, in DrawSomething as a starting point for a DoInk animation.

Or, why not suggest teens put their DoInk animations on their Facebook pages and then you can also embed them in your library’s teen social media presences. Perhaps a gallery of teen created DoInks and even a celebration of their creations virtually and/or face-to-face could be organized.

Just beware when you, and the teens you work with, start with DoInk, you may find the process at least slightly addicting.

For more YALSA App of the Week posts, visit the App of the Week Archive.

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