Softpedia Editor's Review for Comic Life
makes it easy to share your creations with friends and family via the web and email
Written by Gabriela Vatu on January 4th, 2013
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for Comic Life
Ever since the 1920’s, comic strips have delighted hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Comic Life is a program that can help you create your own strips on the spot, by using personal photos.
The app comes with a clean interface that enables you to easily choose one of the available themed templates. These are filed under several categories, such as “Creative”, “Education”, “How To” and “Life Stories”. Additionally, blank templates are available.
After you’ve settled for a theme, you can start creating the comic. There are various templates and panel layouts available to choose from. These come in several styles, depending on the decade they were most used in or on the comic style. Conceptual formats and maps can also be found in the list.
All images from the computer are accessible through a small folder explorer on the interface. Alternatively, you can take new photos with the help of the webcam. Adding them to the comic is easy and only requires that you drag them to the correct box.
The software comes packed with several speech balloon and caption formats. Some text editing options are also available. Thus, you can select the font, emphasis, size, color and alignment.
Also, you can add as many pages to the comic as you want. Each of them can have a different template; page numbers can easily be added.
The bottom line is that Comic Life is a nice app that can help you create great-looking comic strips in just a few steps. Inexperienced users should find this program easy to work with, despite the fact that discovering everything it has to offer might take some time.
Comic Life description
· 1.5GHz processor; 2.0+GHz recommended
· 512MB RAM; 1GB RAM recommended
· 40 MB available disk space
· Minimum 1024x768 display
· A watermark will be applied to all Comic Life output files
· Nag screen
· 30-day trial
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· If a file is incomplete (for example the computer was turned off during a save), Comic Life will try to open the file with a warning message
· Saving now replaces the original file once successfully completed
· Improved compatibility when opening up Comic Life files created on a Mac
· The default camera device used in the "Capture" tab can now be changed (double click on the video view and a 'Video Source' dialog will show up, if supported.)
· Explorer view now remembers the last folder viewed
· Only Image files are now shown in the Explorer view
· Fixed redraw issues when using "Undo"
· Improved stability when browsing photos on a Mapped Network Drive
· Fixed a stability issue sometimes caused by resizing multiple items
· Moving an image out of a panel, saving and then closing the document no longer brings up a crash dialogue
· General stability improvements