Bitstrips is a website that allows its users to make comic book strips using characters of their own design. The interface on this perticular website is very user friendly, allowing users to easily make and customize their own, unique characters, create their own props and dialogue and place them all into pre-built locations with ease. I would assume from the homepage of this website that the target audience would be school children, with an emphasis on anti-bullying and educational comics. Despite this fact, I’ve browsed some of the websites already published comic book strips and found myself enjoying several of them, ones that would probably be designed by adults rather than kids, given the content or the jokes it would display.
I personally found Bitstips incredibly easy to use, the interface is near perfect and the simplicity of it makes it even better. The only issues I have with this software is that the characters only have a set number of poses they can do, rather than you being able to pose them however you’d like, for instance, I had great difficulty making it look like my characters would pick up an object, due to one of the arms always being in the opposite direction. The other major issue I have with the software is that you can only select from the pre-built locations, rather than allowing the user to create their own or import ones they’ve already made prior to the comic.
My final thoughts on the software is that it’s easy and fun to use, though I would like to see an option for more intricacy as far as the models and backdrops are concerned. I’d highly recommend this to anyone wanting to deal with this type of program.