By Harry Kosalos
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Wooden mannequins are posed as desired and assigned to keyframes which are then animated to enact dance routines.
What's New in Version 1.1
Enhanced control over body movement.
Ability to add a background image.
Ability to play music during the dance.
It's not that good, here's why . . .
As you can tell by the stars, this app is not that good. I don't know if the developer forgot about this app or what, what he needs is a major update. Yes the interface is pretty good, and it seems to do what it says, (I use it to draw, not for dancing, I'm an artist and this somewhat helps me). Where this app fails (I think anyway) is the response and simply the way you move each limp, it's bad! and I mean really bad!! Sometimes it seems to be unusable because it's so difficult to pose. This is where I think the app fails. All it seems to need is an update really, the interface is fine, the graphics and lighting is great, it's just a pain and difficult to pose, and that's the main thing. Hopefully the developer reads this, or is thinking of making an update for this. One this problem is fixed, it has the potential of being the best of it's kind, even for artists such as myself. Please fix the usability of the mannequin, make it easy to pose! Although it has been over a year since an update, so my guess is, we're stuck with this, it's free, so what are you gonna do . . .
Developer was very responsive and this update seems to show he is listening to user requests.
Very interesting app. I can see multiple uses for it - not only choreography, but also as a visual aid at the court (not sure if video out support though), posing mannequins for drawing reference, crude storyboards for movies, virtual 'dolls', experimenting 3D animation concepts quickly, etc... The keyframes help separate the animation blocks and the resulting animation is smooth and fluid. Good app!
So much potential!
This could be great! I love it.
One thing I'd like to see is selectable transition styles between keyframes: smooth, fast, slow, etc... that use exponential equations rather than linear. It may take away the robotic feeling of the movement.