"Shakespeare has been brought kicking and screaming up into the iPad generation" Slashgear "'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Macbeth' spring to life" Reuters "The most comprehensive apps put together of the revered playwright's work so far... takes all these fairly standard features to the next level" Tech Digest
The Explore Shakespeare edition of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ brings this great love story to life like never before. Cambridge’s definitive version of the text has been beautifully reimagined for iPad, with illuminating visuals, helpful commentary and a compelling audio performance starring Kate Beckinsale, Michael Sheen and Fiona Shaw.
EXPERIENCE - Read the play and choose your own level of customisation and enhancement. - Listen to a full audio performance of the play, starring Michael Sheen as Romeo, Kate Beckinsale as Juliet and Fiona Shaw as the Nurse. - See the action with over 100 photographs of professional productions, including stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes and David Tennant. - Understand Shakespeare’s language better with clear glossary definitions throughout. - Get an overview of the action with plot summaries inside the play.
It looks and feels like a traditional artist’s paint brush, but — unlike the real thing — this one uses conductive, synthetic hair that makes it perfect for use on touchscreen devices. I used it with ArtRage on an iPad (don’t worry, it will work on touchscreen Android devices as well) and the Sensu Artist Brush is the missing piece that makes the experience. Finger painting is one thing, and using your imagination with a stylus is another, but there’s a real visceral appeal to wielding an actual brush when painting with a digital brush onscreen. Even better, there is no artificial-feeling drag that would make it feel as though you are dragging rubber across the display and with the ArtRage/iPad combo I tested on; the software was completely responsive to the brush. GadgetLab named the Sensu Artist Brush as one of its Nine Items That’ll Take You to Tomorrow last year, and I can confirm that it does live up to the hype. At $39.99, you pay only a modest premium compared to a standard stylus.
MacRumors has one of those nice heart-warming stories today about a nine-year-old girl called Holly, whose mum, Fiona, wrote to Apple CEO Steve Jobs to tell him about how Holly’s iPad helps to make it much easier for her to read. Holly has albinism, which, aside from affecting the colour of her skin and hair, also affects her vision. Previously she had to use a large magnifying glass if she wanted to read anything, but now that she has an iPad she can easily enlarge the text, meaning that she is now much more enthusiastic about reading, and is able to read for twice as long as she used to.