A. Illustration Tasks to Complete
Settling into her new home outside Vancouver (BC, Canada), Kate is working on completing the scenes with animation elements that go with each scene—there are three types of animation in the app:
- Happening with the narration
- Activated by touching the screen
- Triggered by some aspect of a game
B. App Development
Nur completed a draft build of the app using the rough colored scenes, built the games readers can enjoy at the end of the book, and developed a unique page turning style (passed by our 3-year-old app testers). He is putting the final touches on the accelerometer game for the tunnel scene and building the final scenes with their animations, sound, text and narration as Kate completes the scenes.
C. Project Management/Marketing
Our small yet determined and dedicated team is working hard, making my job as manager easy.
My most challenging job has been doing the sound effects. Besides knowing there are lots of websites offering sound effects, I knew very little. Finding an open-source editing program called Audacity, I was able to poke around and learn to use it effectively. I purchased sound files (.wav) from:
About half the files were perfect as purchased. Others I edited to get the right length or combined to achieve the perfect sound effect.
I would love to insert the owl for you to hear, but no easy way to do it. You'll just have to wait until the app comes out.
This week I'm creating the narration files. Yes, yours truly will be narrating the story.
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If you haven't been following the series, you might want to check out the previous steps for developing an iPad app: Step One, Step Two, Step Three, Step Four, Step Five and Step Six.