I’ve been posting reviews about wordpress themes, plugins and softwares for quite a while. Today I’ll introduce a free app “Bitstrips” which is widely used to create comics and cartoon avatars. With this review article I am introducing a new category where I’ll review some of the best android applications. It is 2015 and most of the people are using smart-phones, so the app store and play store are over-stuffed with applications. This makes it damn hard for an average user to know which applications one should download.
There are more than one aspect you should check before downloading and installing an application. One major aspect is security, you never know what might be going behind an application. Security is merely one issue followed by speed, battery juice usage etc. It might be a bit tricky for an average user to track all these things down. But you don’t have to worry about all these things. In my Android category I will sort out some best applications you can install and make your smart-phone experience much better.
Today I am introducing Bitstrips ~ an awesome app for comic and cartoon avtar creation on smart-phones.
Bitstrips Review – A Closer Look
Everyone loves creating cartoons, and reading comics. But what if you can create your own comics as well ? With the bitstrips app you can easily create your own cartoon avtars, comic strips etc. Bitstrips is an application available for free download on Android, IOS, and kindle reader. The best part about the app is you can even include your friends in your comics and make it much more awesome.
The above art too has been made with bitstrips, although being a photoshop fan I’ve tweaked it a bit.
Bitstrips makes it easy to represent yourself as cartoon avatar, make customized messages, edit your pics with your avatars and a caption on it, create awesome comic strips and do much more exciting things.
Getting started with Bitstrips Android App
After you download and install this app from the app store or the play store, you’ll be welcomed with a bunch of options with which you create your comic avatar for creating cartoons and comics later. A very interesting fact about Bitstrips is that it allows logging in with Facebook only. If you’ve not been hiding under a rock, you would have probably heard about Facebook. Although the team says they are working on the login with Email .
The only reason I can think of that they have kept the Facebook login so that users can easily add their “friends” in their comic too. With the email only login it would be quite a mess to add every friend separately. Although the app can include a section inside the app to add friends from Facebook. But, for now the app supports login with Facebook only.
After you login with your Facebook account, you will be presented to edit your cartoon avatar. It would be fun for you to customize the character’s nose, eyes, face, eye color, hair, hair color , clothes and nearly every detail possible. Take your time here and design your character in the best way you can, and make sure it resembles you somewhat.
Creating a Comic With/out Friend
You can create a still or a comic with or without your friend. There are more than a thousand of still scenes available inside the app. The stills have been sorted out into specific categories for more convenience.
Click on a category name to view the scenes inside. When you come across your favorite scene, Click on “Customize and share” written below it. You can add your own message in a speech bubble from the first tab and change your facial expressions from the second tab. After you are done customizing, you can post it on bitstrips and share it on Facebook too.
Although somewhere while using the app I felt that facial expressions are not adequate, quite a few are missing. But, the app has several facial expressions you can use inside stills or in the comics.
Creating your Own Quote
With bitstrips not only you can create stills and comics, you can also unleash the artist inside you by creating your own quotes. You might have seen photos of celebrities and their quote wallpaper, the same way you too can create your quote and share it among your friends. Among the things you can configure in your quote comes the background, your character’s body posture, facial expressions and the quote.
You can choose a photo from your gallery as the background or you can snap photo instantly to choose it as your background. In the second tab you can enter a speech bubble which is going to be your quote. And lastly from the third tab you can change your character’s body posture, its hand expressions and facial expressions too.
Your character’s body posture should match with your speech bubble. If you are giving a sweet quote , you can use a smiling face. But if want to use a angry quote, you better use a angry body posture to express yourself and the quote better.
The “Behind-the-scenes” Details
Because the app has got so much to do it sizes nearly 50 MB. Thats not quite a lot if you look at its productivity and performance. Also, the fact that it works with a facebook login translates that it needs an active INTERNET connection. Additionally to add your own photos in the comic backgrounds the app needs access to your SD-Card to access your gallery and its contents ( photos ). You’ll be glad to know that the app integrates with the default facebook application in order to login ,which makes it a necessity to get access to the “accounts”.
This application can be installed on your Android, IOS smartphones.
Bag it or Grab it – Overall this app is worth a download if you are a productive person. Using the app is fun, you can create comics with your friends, create amazing stills. Although the app can be used professionally too. I’ve been using the app from quite several months and found no glitch or virus alert from my anti-virus. Thus, the app can be considered safe to install.
Final words and ratings – I’ll rate this app 4 out of 5. The app stands firm when it comes to creativity and performance. But somewhere it lacks facial expressions. Also, if there was a feature to add your own photo and animate it, it would have been much more fun. Overall, the application works fine and is worth downloading.
If you have used the app or if you are currently using this app in your smartphone, leave your feedbacks in the comments below.
So, Have you downloaded Bitstrips yet ?