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Madefire Motion review: A new take on comics

A dynamic new way to read comics

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This innovative app aims to bring comics to life by adding both visual and sound effects in ‘motion books’. Music, in particular, can really add to the atmosphere of the story. But it’s the visual side that impresses, including simple character motion and zooming and panning. Some pages feature a quasi-3D effect using parallax layers and focusing to add depth – often, you can swipe to shift the view or even move around a panorama.

Standard navigation is simple: tap an arrow to proceed to the next page, or tap the screen to bring up a bar of page thumbnails at the bottom. We experienced some lag between pages and the odd glitch, but it mostly works well. The in-app store has a fairly limited range (including some traditional flat comics), but this should improve: Madefire’s cloud-based Motion Book Tool for comic creators makes it easy to convert existing titles, as well as creating new ones.

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