WHAT IS HYPE?
Hype is a tool by Tumult for Mac that web developing artists can use to generate a browser friendly form of animated artwork. It uses a format similar to Adobe Flash. This means that a...ll properly equipped browsers should be able to display the artwork and animations as they were intended to be seen by the creator. Such an app allows creative designers with no prior knowledge of web programming to create high quality web animations. This is important because some designers might have extensive experience with graphic design interfaces but very little (to none) with graphics programming.
HOW DOES HYPE STAND UP?
As with most Mac based graphic design programs, Hype offers plenty. Intermediate users will have spent a respectable amount of time mastering the interface however not too much time. The quality of the creations is also outstanding.
The one fault that most critics agree on is the use of CSS 3 and HTML 5 programming language in lue of the Adobe Acrobat standard. This problem hindered the app a lot more prior to the support of the two aforementioned languages becoming much more popular among modern browsers.
The technology is still not as common as the Flash standard, and the lack of a Flash standard in this app has to do with Apple not wanting to support the standard. The developer (Tumult) can’t be held accountable for this one flaw. Again, if you have your browser up to date for CSS3 and HTML 5, this shouldn’t be much of an issue. The landscape (ESPECIALLY outside of Apple land,) is heavily Acrobat based though! Adobe still dominates. Read moreless