There are many ways to express your creativity, and ZoLO is a great way to do so on the iPad. Use abstract shapes to make all sorts of creatures, objects, and designs. Let your inner artist free with this cute art app.
ZoLO is an app based on exploring creativity. The designs and shapes are inspired by the b, (www.zolo.com) founded on the basis of unlocking your inner imagination and having fun. The ZoLO company creates toys, décor, and baby items using unique shapes and colors. This app is no different.
The ZoLO app is fun for any age. Simply tap the create button to get started. The workspace is very easy to manipulate. Along the top is a scrolling bar that is filled with various abstract shapes, patterned and colored in a variety of ways. No two shapes are alike. Simply drag the shape you want to use to the work space and then position it. Players can use two fingers to adjust the size of the shape and to rotate it. Use just one finger to move the pieces around on screen. Once your creation is complete, tap on the gallery to view your finished work.
In the gallery, users have a few options for sharing. You can post to Twitter, Facebook, or email a link to anyone. While there is no save to Camera Roll option, by emailing yourself and clicking on the link, you can then save the image to your Camera Roll by pressing and holding on the image.
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This app has the capacity to be reused again and again as users create their own designs or characters. At first I was disappointed that there was only one of each shape (my organized self loves symmetrical pieces). But as I began making my own creatures:
I found it fun to figure out what kinds of shapes could double as legs, a mouth, even antennae. There are few eyeballs, which at least makes the face recognizable. The interface is very easy, but my 4 year old did have a little trouble with the two finger manipulation. And honestly, I couldn’t get some things small enough with my bigger adult fingers. I liked that the pieces are laid down in order back to front, but if you want to move a piece forward on the screen to cover something else, you just have to tap and hold and wiggle it a little to bring it to the front. While this is a silly thing, I also really liked that instead of having a delete button in the workspace, there is a rethink button. Little details like this always stand out to me.
Overall, ZoLO is a fun app full of creative possibilities. Artists young and old will enjoy manipulating shapes to create images straight from the imagination.
ZoLO is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad/iPad Mini
Free for a limited time - RRP: RRP - $1.99 / £1.49 / €1.79
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, a special education teacher, and a technology coach. She is a self proclaimed nerd with a passion for incorporating technology into education and you read her findings at The iLesson Lady.
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