Skulls by Simon Winchester
By Touch Press Inc
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Skulls by Simon Winchester is a stunning, richly illustrated iPad title that advances the interactive book format pioneered by Touch Press with The Elements and Solar System.
The title features beautiful 360 degree high-resolution rotations of over 300 animal skulls collected by Alan Dudley and photographed by Nick Mann. The story behind this remarkable collection, the zoology of skulls and the place of skulls in art and popular culture are vividly recounted by Simon Winchester, author of Atlantic, Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded and The Professor and the Madman (all New York Times Best Sellers).
Simon's text is presented on the iPad screen in two formats. In portrait orientation the text is black on white optimized for reading. In landscape it is white on black, optimized for display of the beautiful visuals, with every skull spinning at the touch of your finger. New pinch zooming engineering allows smooth rotation even when objects are greatly magnified. The full text is also available spoken by the author, synchronised to the page.
Skulls by Simon Winchester features advanced interactive features including an intuitive interface for exploring the collection, revolutionary differential scrolling in the chapter pages and 3D stereoscopic presentation of every skull. There is also a powerful facility allowing up to four skulls to be compared in locked rotation side by side.
The title also includes detailed notes for every species with photographs of the living animal and links to a wealth of information from Wolfram|Alpha (internet connection required). Alan Dudley has also recorded many audio clips describing highlights from his extraordinary skull collection.
What's New in Version 1.0.3
Updated look and feel for iOS 7.
Excellent depth, fantastic quality
It took a few nanoseconds to figure out the navigation, but once I did I discovered wonders.
One small suggestion, the skulls (especially hominin and great ape) should have been oriented along the Frankfurt Plane.
Works well for drawing
I really like this collection. Works great for drawing skulls and studies.
Some needed features:
1) lock images in place. I find that the images move slightly after I position them.
2) control the lighting... At least make it a little darker. For drawing purposes, the skulls are a little too bright and the light areas are a bit too bleached out.
Overall, I really like this collection set.
- Category: Books
- Updated: Dec 17, 2013
- Version: 1.0.3
- Size: 1.63 GB
- Language: English
- Seller: Touch Press Inc
- © Touchpress Ltd
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.