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With the recent death of mobile flash, there has been a shift to HTML5. Hype, created by two former Apple engineers is an app that has grown to help developers deal with this, producing beautiful flash animation in HTML5 with little coding knowledge. The app, available for the Mac, is supposed to offer and alternative to Flash, providing similar features, but producing content catered to iPhones and iPads.

Hype is packed full of lots of different features. This means that it’s got almost everything you could ever ask for, with all of the tools needed to create a fantastic website. You can create animations and timelines, with everything based around user interaction. However, best of all, what you see is what you get. You can produce the content, and it will look exactly like how you created it in web browsers. No more constant changing to get it looking exactly how you want. This means that it will look great on the iPad, iPhone and on other platforms as well. With the included ‘simulators’ you can check everything, without having to leave the app.

The software is no good if it’s difficult to use, but thankfully it isn’t. It’s very easy to use, and anybody will be able to use the tools to create websites that look really impressive within just a few hours. Usually, when you look at the sample images produced by software it can be very hard to recreate them yourself, however, with Hype, it’s definitely possible to create something that looks just as good if you are creative. Best of all, it won’t take you forever to create what you want, which means that you can get on with everything else that you have to do.

At first, the price might seem expensive, but the more you look into it, the better value it becomes. It’s certainly not that expensive for a Mac app, and a very good price for something that is this full of features. Once you’ve used it for awhile, you won’t regret the purchase. It’s especially good when you consider that this is a piece of software that will become increasingly useful in the future, meaning that it will last you a long time.

While the app might not have everything at the moment, there is certainly a possibility that the app will be improved over time, with the list of negatives getting smaller and smaller. This is because the developers have shown time and time again that they are willing to spend time improving the app and adding features which make it better. Since the initial release, various new features have been added, such as the ability to export to iBooks Author, Lion Support and new animations. With this in mind, it’s a great investment as your purchase will just keep on getting better. If it’s not there now, it probably will be there in the future.

Overall, Hype is really good, and it’s certainly a great way to make sure that your websites are prepared for the future. You can make some fantastic things, and the ability to export to iBooks is superb. Created by two Apple engineers, it’s certainly up to Apple’s standards.

Rating: 5/5

Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hype/id436931759

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