Art My Kid Made

Description of Art My Kid Made as posted on iTunes:

Kids make alot of art, and parents feel terrible about throwing it all away. Using the Evernote API and/or Dropbox API, Art My Kid Made streamlines the archiving of your kids art to Evernote and sharing the cool ones with friends and family. 

Setup your children and their ages
Edit, Crop, Rotate, even add a funky effect
Backup Post to Evernote and/or Dropbox in Realtime!
Share with Facebook, Twitter and post on the Art My Kid Made blog. You may get picked as the artist of the day!

For iOS devices with cameras.

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Art My Kid Made Reviews

“Preserve Your Child’s Pics With Art My Kid Made iPhone App”

Source: Apps Playground

The best pictures our two sons have drawn or painted are, in traditional fashion, stuck on the fridge and kitchen cupboards. Meanwhile, a fraying pile of others is gathering dust on a living-room shelf, while even more have gone to the dustbin big black art gallery in the garden.

If only there was a way to digitise this, eh? Actually, there are a few, with iPhone app Art My Kid Made the latest. It’s a free app that taps into separate online storage service Evernote to preserve your children’s artwork for posterity.

The app gets you to enter your children and their ages, then take photos of individual pictures, which are then saved to Evernote. You can also choose to post the images on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the Art My Kid Made blog, which spotlights a different young artist every day.

It’s a nice idea, especially if you already use Evernote. There are other apps available with more of a within-family sharing focus, like FamJam for iPad. But we think Art My Kid Made is well worth a look.

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“Preserve Your Kid’s Artwork With Art My Kid Made

Source: C|Net

Like any parent, I prize the Picasso-caliber works of art my kids create at school and around the house.

Alas, I don’t own a warehouse, so I simply don’t have room to store all these masterpieces. What am I supposed to do, throw them in the trash? The guilt! The guilt!

Now there’s an app for that: Art My Kid Made. (It’s available now for iOS and soon for Android.) With it you can take photos of various crafts and drawings to preserve for posterity, and share them via Evernote, Facebook, or Twitter.

The app is like Instagram with a refrigerator-magnet twist. After registering in-app, you can add photos or snap new ones. For any given shot, Art My Kid Made lets you make all kinds of adjustments: orientation, brightness, saturation, and so on. You can rotate and crop your shots, add text or line drawings, and apply various Instagram-style filters.

When you’re done, you’ll have a choice of where you want to share the image: any or all of the aforementioned services, as well as Art My Kid Made itself, which displays in-app drawings from other kids (much like Instagram “favorites”).

Obviously you could always just snap a photo of a finger-painting project or whatever and keep it in your Camera Roll, but this app gives you useful editing tools and simple sharing options. The support for Evernote is particularly welcome, as it affords more of a permanent home for all that artwork.

Speaking of handy apps for parents, and preserving things for posterity, be sure to check out Posterity, a cool app for remembering all the funny things your kids say.

Art My Kid Made, meanwhile, preserves all the cool things your kids make — in two dimensions, anyway. At the very least it should alleviate some guilt when the time comes to finally toss those piles of pictures.

(Author: Rick Broida)

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“Storing Kids’ Artwork? There’s an App or Two for That”

Source: CoolMomTech

Storing kids’ artwork is one of the bane of many parents’ existence, no matter the size of your home. When my daughter was in daycare, there wasn’t a day that would pass when I wouldn’t come home with at least two masterpieces (i.e. a blank piece of paper with one piece of glitter and three marker lines.) Regretfully, a lot of the work from her minimalist period found its way to the recycling bin.

Thanks to a couple of new fantastic artwork-saving apps, I’ll never have to experience that guilt again.

Both ArtKive and Art My Kid Made are two cool iOS apps that help busy parents treasure all their kids’ creations. Both work in similar ways but offer different features, depending on what you’re looking for.

ArtKive, which is free for a limited time, is more of a personal preservation app that lets you photograph and store your child’s artwork right in the app, and share with select members–whomever you deem worthy of joining your ArtKive “Circle.” I like how you can also create different profiles for different kids to keep their masterpieces separate, while tagging and organizing the artwork by date and grade really easily with dropdown menus. It’s not complex, and it is a step above simply photographing the artwork and keeping in your photo library.

Art My Kid Made on the other hand, is much more social, like a kids’ artwork  social network. You save and store artwork in the same way–by taking a photo–but can instantly share it over Twitter, Facebook, Evernote and the Art My Kid Made network. What’s cute about this app is that you can see other kids’ drawings and paintings in a long scroll of pieces that parents throughout the Art My Kid Made network have uploaded; however one huge drawback is that if you don’t share it, it doesn’t show up on your “fridge.” There is also an editing function within the app after you have uploaded artwork that lets you modify, crop, enhance, add stickers, and special effects–but doesn’t that defeat the purpose of preserving your kid’s original art? There are already plenty of apps that allow kids to draw right into your phone.

I personally prefer ArtKive because to me, my kids’ artwork is something that I want to have and treasure and not necessarily broadcast to the world. But depending on what kind of artwork collector you are, you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for in either or both of these smart apps. -Jeana

ArtKive and Art My Kid Made are both available for free from iTunes. ArtKive is free for a limited time only though, so grab it while it’s free!

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Art My Kid Made Mentioned
“Maily Launches an iPad Email App for Children Aged Four and Up”
Source: The Guardian
The email app that has made the most headlines in 2012 is probably Sparrow, which made a splash on iOS and Macs before its developer was acquired by Google to work on its Gmail team. So what’s the next hot email app?

It could be Maily, although it’s much less likely to be bought by Google – or at least, if it was, the latter company would have some hard questions to answer about its plans for using data on the app’s users.

Why? Maily isn’t for adults: it’s for children. “Your Kids’ First Email,” as its subtitle goes. “Especially designed for kids from 4 years old”. It’s a freeiPad app that has just launched on Apple‘s App Store.

It might be more accurate to describe it as Gmail meets Draw Something, albeit without the gaming elements. The app gets children to create visual messages using digital pencils, brushes, stickers and backgrounds, as well as photos taken using the iPad’s camera.

These can then be sent to people on a list of contacts created by their parents: grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends and other children. The pictures go to their normal email addresses, but if they want to reply, they log in to Maily’s website to use its adults’ dashboard – with these replies in turn going to the child’s inbox in the Maily app.

Parents can also use this dashboard to monitor what their child is sending and receiving, and manage their contacts list.

“What Maily is creating is a safe environment where kids can express themselves in their own ‘words’, in a strongly visual way, and communicate seamlessly with the people close to them,” explains the company’s pitch document.

It could be controversial. Why the rush to get children as young as four years old? Will parents really trust a brand new startup with their children’s fledgling electronic communications? And perhaps most importantly, if the app is free, where will the money be made?

Having tried the app, I think the answers to the first two questions will vary by parent: some will be freaked out by it, and some will feel this isn’t a problem that needs solving – it’s easy enough to take a screenshot of any iPad app that a child has been using, and email it from the parent’s account.

Actually, though, I feel differently. My five year-old is just starting to grasp the idea of email – just last week he was using an app called Trees Are Best FACT, and insisted that my wife send me the image he’d created. But he’s also reaching the age where he (increasingly firmly) wants to do things for himself whenever possible. Email may soon fall into that category.

Or to put it another way: lots of app developers have been working on ways for children to create using tablets, but less on ways to then share those creations – complicated by the fact that sharing to Facebook or Twitter from an app made for kids is problematic.

Maily is an interesting solution – albeit one that needs to quickly get an update to support more than one child per device – and I suspect there will be others on the way. In fact, some apps are already out there:FamJam is an iPad app for sharing digital artworks between children and family members, while Art My Kid Made is an iPhone app for storing and sharing photos of real drawings by children.

None of this replaces a child drawing pictures on paper that get stuck on the fridge, or talking to their grandparents on a telephone or Skype connection. It’s just another form of communication.

But what about that thorny third question: Maily’s business model? I asked the company about this, and co-founder Tom Galle told me that ads and in-app purchases (IAP) are not on the cards for the iPad app – the part used by children.

They may in time be added to the adult dashboard, although IAP will be put to a very specific use: “Some kind of store, available for parents and adult contacts, who will be able to buy features for their kids,” according to Galle.

That could be an interesting discussion with Apple: how to pay for IAP from a website to be used in an app. But it may be a fruitful discussion: it’s not a big stretch to imagine something like Maily being a part of iOS itself, if Apple ever decides to do more to cater for family usage of its devices.


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