updated 11:05 pm EDT, Wed May 4, 2011
Simplifies creation of content for mobile devices
Designers and illustrators who want to create interactive books, comics or magazines aimed at iOS and Android customers have a new tool in the form of Kwik, a plug-in for Adobe's Photoshop CS5 that allows users to add animation and buttons to static images. The plug-in provides much of the functionality of Adobe Director and Flash -- such as basic sound, camera, sprite and linear animation capabilities -- without leaving Photoshop.
Users simply engage the plug-in from the Extensions menu and choose which device they are creating for and its orientation. Once a Photoshop layer is chosen, Kwik allows a number of interactive attributes to be placed, activated and controlled in a variety of ways. The plug-in supports rollover, touch and toggle buttons, camera effects such as zoom in/out, linear and sprite-sheet animation, and users can see the result in native LUA/Corona code for previewing and publishing using the popular Corona SDK (which must also be downloaded).
Kwik requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, Photoshop CS5 and the Ansca Corona SDK ($200/year per operating system or $350 for both Android and iOS). Kwik is available now at the introductory price of $50 (normally $80). Users can try out the product by downloading it free, but it is limited to one- or two-page projects until purchased. The plug-in is also available for Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.