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LetterMpress is a creative environment that lets you design beautiful compositions with vintage wood type and art cuts on a virtual hand-driven printing press.
LetterMpress gives you the experience of producing your designs on a letterpress — placing and arranging type on the press bed, inking, and then turning the hand crank to make a print.
Every step in the printing process is replicated on the iPad, to give you an authentic, interactive experience.
Try something new. Experiment. Have fun! You’ll soon see why the art and craft of letterpress is becoming so popular.
LetterMpress is easy to learn and fun to do, but it’s not a toy. Create designs with authentic wood type and vintage “art cuts.” You can mix custom colors and make multiple impressions on a single sheet. The specially designed studio environment lets you create and save several variations. With LetterMpress you can create:
• Fine art posters
• Event posters and mailers
• Music CD covers
• Greeting cards
• Scrapbook covers and interior pages
• Framed wall art, and more...
Once you have created your prints you can share them with anyone via email, Photo Album and more. The files can be opened or imported by most popular graphics applications, allowing you to integrate authentic wood type and art impressions into your design palette.
Type and art that comes with LetterMpress is royalty-free for personal and commercial use.
LetterMpress is currently only available in English. Only the options in the "Share" menu have been localized.
Praise for LetterMpress:
APP OF THE WEEK (7/15 - 7/22) in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland!
“...for young designers, who have never experienced hot metal or vintage printing, this virtual experience has its virtues."
— Steven Heller, The Daily Heller
“Truly, the charming experience — complemented by high-definition visuals, sound effects and an intuitive touch-screen interface — makes you feel as though you're experimenting with vintage but effective tools.”
— Mark Saltzman, USAToday
“One of the most stunning examples to date is a program called LetterMPress.”
“...the app is clearly capable of generating beautiful stuff.”
— Fast Company
“Just for its educational value it literally shows how letterpress works of art can be created and exposes this art form which is good for all letterpress shops.”
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What's New in Version 1.4.1
• Enhanced to take advantage of the Retina display on the new iPad.
• Output resolutions are now specified as 1024 and 2048 pixels (previously called Normal and Maximum).
• The iPad 2 and the new iPad additionally support a higher output resolution of 4096 pixels.
Note: Besides the output resolution naming, there are no other changes in this update for iPad 1 users.
I adore this app, it's quirky and old school and has heaps of creative potential. I've spent many a happy hour playing with text - just like when I was a child with a rubber printing kit or back at art college rolling the printing press. Except this is MUCH easier and far less messy. The sound effects really suit the whole feel of this too. It's a great contrast between the old and the new doing this on an iPad. Bravo developers.
Yes - if you don't alter the size of text before you start laying it, getting it all the same size with fingers is too fiddly to be precise.
I'd like to see a quick way to clear the composing area. I save an empty tray to load - am I missing an easier way?
I'd also like to see more fonts and pictures. Maybe an option to purchase various extra sets?
But my quibbles are minor. This is one of my favourite apps for creating graphics. Thanks 💖
Impressed (No pun intended).
I can't understand how reviewers can say that it's not a good app - I have to go with the majority and sing its praises. Ok it's a little slow and can be awkward to use but typesetting used to be an art and be labour intensive! If anyone thinks that all apps should require minimum effort then I'm afraid that they're missing the point with this one. I certainly don't regret buying it.
This is a difficult app to rate as it has the potential to produce some really great results but is quite clumsy and awkward to use. Resizing the letters is particularly difficult, can't get them bigger and then there is no option to resize all the text in a line to the same size. I'm going to keep the app and hope that updates make it easier to use as I think it could produce some striking work.
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- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: 16 May 2012
- Version: 1.4.1
- Size: 781 MB
- Languages: English, Basque, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese
- Developer: mpressInteractive, LLC
- © mpressInteractive, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.