AMITIAE - Wednesday 16 July 2014
Viewing Art and Art Puzzles on iOS Devices (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - Seurat
When the Seurat HD app is started, the user sees detail from Seurat's most famous picture and then an index is shown. This is split into Early Career, Mid Career and Final Years, with a Bookmarks section at the bottom for a user's favourites. On the iPhone the first three show a thumbnail image of a representative work from the period. The Index display is slightly different on the iPad as the image is stretched full width of the screen.
Westminster - Monet
Two Japanese artists feature in my collection with Hokusai HD and Hiroshige HD. Hokusai is perhaps best known for his series on Mount Fuji, which included the Great Wave at Kanagawa. That is included in the Mountains section. Other index items are Water, People and Plants.
Great Wave at Kanagawa - Hokusai
Kawasaki Station on the Hokkaido - Hiroshige
There is also a link to Wikipedia for more information and an Export arrow: Save to Photo, Save to Bookmarks and Send email. An example of this gave me three size options: Small (145 KB), Medium (544 KB) and Actual Size (1.1 MB).
Totsuka, 5th Station on the Hokkaido - Hiroshige
I started with a picture from Hiroshige using scrambled pieces in the shape of circles. There are two options with the circle: large and small. Other shapes include hexagons and squares: also large and small. A user is able to select the shape and size when the image first loads using an icon at the bottom of the screen.
Using the small square, the Hiroshige image of a sudden shower on a bridge, was broken into 44 pieces. The small circle and hexagon also have 44 pieces, but with these, some of the outline of the original picture is not scrambled. The larger shapes have 20 pieces and some show parts of the original image.
When a picture is first loaded, a small icon indicates if the best display is portrait or landscape. At the bottom of the screen is a circular progress indicator, an icon to show the whole picture, for when we are stuck, and an exit icon. The app comes with 11 pictures. There are 51 more sets available for purchase at $0.99 each.
This app (Art Scrambles) is an undiscovered gem and I found myself playing this for longer than I should. With the various shape options, this could also be entertaining for younger members of the family.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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