New Ecard App Reveals Secret Animation Features of Emails on iPhone/iPad

By on Dec 21, 2010 at 4:28 am

Baden, Switzerland – Apple Mail is used on iPhones and Macs by millions of people worldwide, but a secret and well-hidden feature of this system is completely unknown: It shows complex email layouts with realtime 2D- and 3D-animations and sound right in the email viewer. iNimated.com has published the first app “Animated Christmas Cards” for the iPhone and iPad which uses this functionality to send emails with yet unseen animated effects. Adobe Flash is no longer required for stunning animated e-cards.

So far, Apple offers email templates (“stationeries”) in their Mac email system, and third-party companies offer additional designs. iNimated.com, an international team of software developers, is one significant step ahead with their freshly published new app “Animated Christmas Cards” for the iPhone and iPad. The user is offered a selection of beautifully animated, moving email templates, in contrast to the traditional static layouts. Dancing Christmas symbols moving to the rhythm of beautiful music, swinging semi-transparent Christmas balls, hundreds of moving stars and lights – all animated in realtime right in the recipient’s mail viewer. Examples can be seen on the product website of iNimated.com.

iNimated.com has found a way to unleash the full potential of Apple’s mail clients on iDevices and on Macs. The key to this technology is deeply hidden right in the core of Apple’s Mail applications: They use a fully functional Webkit browser to display emails. Only when properly addressed, the mail viewer will take advantage of the features of the latest browser technology on the market. E-Mails sent by “Animated Christmas Card” have a couple of advantages compared to animated e-cards based on flash and sent from popular e-card web services:

* Realtime 2D/3D graphics
* Stunning graphical effects with transparency and shadows
* No Adobe Flash and no JavaScript required
* The animation starts right in the email viewer
* Fully visible in Apple Mail on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac
* No links to be clicked, no attachments to be opened
* Neither the sender’s nor the recipient’s email addresses are disclosed to any third-party e-card web service provider
* The email’s “From” address shows the sender himself and not to a e-card web service’s address: This makes the email trustworthy
* Music is included and played right in the email

Of course, when an e-card from “Animated Christmas Cards” is received on an email client other than Apple’s, it will often use a static and less attractive layout.

Feature Highlights of Animated Christmas Cards:
* Three beautiful integrated animated e-card designs
* Language selection
* Message editor
* Uses Apple Mail
* Remembers last sent email
* Universal App iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
* Simple to use

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1 or later
* 4.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Animated Christmas Cards 1.1 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

Animated Christmas Cards 1.1
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Headquartered in Baden, Switzerland, iNimated.com is an international European team of experienced software developers who have fun to develop challenging creative apps for iDevices in addition to the business software they program normally. iNimated.com started development for the iPhone in March 2010. Copyright (C) 2010 iNimated.com. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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