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Creating a multi-language project with Kwik – Part 2

In the past tutorial, I setup the project for a multi-language experience. In this posting, I will teach how to configure images (layers) and audio to just show up when the corrected language is selected. Adding audio files to the project In page2, there is a line of text (for each language) that needs to be associated with an audio file. In order to enable multi-language to audio, name it audio with the same name. For example, if you have an audio called narration.mp3, name it eng_narration.mp3 for the English version and spa_narration.mp3, for the Spanish version. After renaming my audio files to the correct setup, I am ready to import them, using the Pages->Add Audio option. It will open the following window: Browse to…

Creating a multi-language project with Kwik – Part 1

Multi-language ability is one of the top requests from (mostly) international Kwik users.  As the development goes on for version 1.8, I would like to provide this tutorial, enabling the interested ones to get ready for this new useful resource (design once, have it in multiple languages with a few clicks). Remember this is not a final version yet so, minor changes may appear before the beta-testing and final version launch. At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to have a project like this: Analyzing the project First I created a regular Book project and designed page1 like this: Checking the LAYERS panel you see: kwkcover is the background used in all pages (originally it was name cover, and then I applied…

A few tips and tricks from an user

Better than us to give you some tips on the best way to use Kwik, this week Selen Pekun, from Turkey, was kind enough to share some of her tricks on using our plugin. She is behind one of the most beautiful storybooks made with Kwik (not yet published). Kwiksher) Selen, please tell us a little bit about you. My name is Selen Pekun. I live and work in Turkey. I am a TV Graphics Designer at a local sports channel named “NTV Spor” for about 3,5 years. I do and take iPad children’s books animations as a part of my future project. How long have you been using Kwik? I am using Kwik for about a month now. What is your favorite feature? My…

Few tricks in animations

If you follow my personal blog (www.asouza.com/blog – Twitter: @alexandres), you probably have read already I am working on a personal illustrated book for children, called Candice (see the characters studies and the overall story plot at the blog). My intention is to share a few tricks here, while building my book project (when published, I will share also part of the files). The first one I used in a demo I used at SCBWI workshop in Orlando this past weekend, is explained below. Let’s see the final result first: Final animation   The Photoshop file is pretty simple, containing only 3 layers (sky, witch and Candice – the title). The first trick is the background movement. To simulate the gain of altitude (the same…

Best practices on Kwik

Some users have asked us the best practices on improve their productivity with Kwik. Although the plugin is really easy to use, a few tips and tricks can help you to speed up your projects. Here are the top 10 (most of them applicable to Book projects but valid for Comic situations too): 1) Project name: Avoid long names for your projects and, DO NOT use characters like <> %,#;!. They conflict with XML convention. Keep naming simple! 2) Layer names: Before starting to add buttons and animations, follow the rules below. It is much easier to add interactivity with the final names than edit all of them after. Basic rules: – Avoid long names. All layer names become variables when exported, meaning they uses…

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