It’s been an exciting few days for Touchpress – first, we were told that our app Molecules by Theodore Gray was selected as a Nominee for The 19th Annual Webby Awards in the Mobile: Education & Reference (Tablet & All Other Devices) category. Molecules was selected as one of the five best in the world in its category, and is competing for both The Webby and The Webby People’s Voice Award. We are extremely proud to have been nominated for this award. You can vote for Molecules in the People’s Voice awards here.
We’re proud to announce the launch of our new Elmer’s Photo Patchwork app today, on World Book Day.
It’s nearly time for Elmer the Elephant’s Parade, and his friends need your help to get ready. Get creative, take inspiration from the world around you and use your camera to decorate the elephants with your own bright, beautiful patchwork pattern.
Learn more about the app at: elmersapps.com
We are incredibly proud that Incredible Numbers by Professor Ian Stewart – the app we made with Profile Books – won the Digital Book Award last night in the Apps Adult Nonfiction category.
Our latest app, Think Like Churchill, is out now on the App Store.
Guided by Boris Johnson, this app lets you stand in the shoes of Winston Churchill as he faces some of the most difficult and challenging dilemmas in history. At the end of each scenario, your choice is dissected and analysed to help you understand how to become a better decision maker.
Learn more about the app at thinklikechurchill.com.
Molecules by Theodore Gray is the extraordinary sequel to The Elements.
For the first time, experience what it's like to touch, stretch and twist molecules, and discover how everything around us is made.
To find out more, visit: apps.theodoregray.com/molecules
Touchpress is proud to announce that the company’s app Disney Animated has been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA award in the Interactive: Adapted category.
In Disney Animated you will find privileged access to the inner workings of a studio that has shaped an entire industry for over 90 years. Within it you can discover the story behind the making of over 50 films from Snow White (1937) to Big Hero 6 (2014), and peel back the layers of animation to understand how every sketch is made into something magical.
In 2013, Apple chose Disney Animated as their iPad App of the Year. The app has also won a Digital Book Award in 2014 and a FutureBook Innovation Award.
Theodore Gray, co-author of Disney Animated and Chief Creative Officer of Touchpress, said “The world of Disney animation is amazingly rich and deep. The more you look into it, the more surprising and delightful it becomes. We are thrilled to have been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA.”
The winner will be announced on the 23rd of November.
You can find out more about the awards and the other nominees here.
The Collins Bird Guide App combines world-class illustrations and comprehensive information with intuitive design to create the ultimate field guide for passionate birders and casual birdwatchers alike.
To find out more please visit: collinsbirdguideapp.com
Earlier this week, Touchpress CEO Sam Aspinall attended a reception with The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Sam was invited by the Duke of York to an event celebrating the UK’s most promising digital entrepreneurs.
We’re incredibly honoured to have been invited and to have met some very talented and inspirational people – we’re all looking forward to future developments in UK Tech!
Rediscover a classic, only on iPad.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons tells the story of Vivaldi’s masterpiece with Trevor Pinnock’s cult rendition of Vivaldi’s original, Max Richter’s groundbreaking Recomposed and a wealth of text, audio and video commentary.
To find out more please visit: vivaldisfourseasons.com
Seamus Heaney: Five Fables lets you discover a classic of medieval literature with this sparkling translation of five of the fables written by Robert Henryson, a 15th-century Scottish poet. For more information about the app, including press releases and screenshots, please visit: fivefablesapp.com
We are incredibly honoured that Touchpress’ music apps have received a prestigious RPS Music Award for Creative Communication.
The Royal Philharmonic Society writes on their website: ‘Touchpress’s three iPad apps – The Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and The Liszt Sonata – represent a new pinnacle in the marriage of performance, interpretation and new technology. In shedding light on aspects of our art which so often remain obscure, they possess a rare power to take every listener – regardless of age and expertise – straight to the music’s beating heart.’
Thank you to the Royal Philharmonic Society for the award, and to everyone who has downloaded our apps.
Exciting changes are afoot at Touchpress. Four years after we released our ground-breaking iPad app The Elements, we are pleased to announce that Sam Aspinall will be taking over as CEO from Max Whitby at the end of February. Max will continue at Touchpress in the role of Director of Special Projects.
Sam joined us in the role of Chief Operations Officer in 2013, having previously served as Commercial Director of Mind Gym. As a Chartered Accountant and MBA, Sam combines commercial acumen and strong management skills with hands-on appreciation of what makes a great creative business.
Max has led Touchpress since he co-founded the business with Theodore Gray, John Cromie and Stephen Wolfram in 2010. Over the last four years, Max has overseen the creation of a broad range of award-winning apps that have collectively been downloaded over 7 million times and received international industry recognition.
In December of last year, Apple chose Disney Animated as Best iPad App of 2013, and in January we were honoured to be the recipients of a Digital Book Award, two Future Book Awards and a 2014 KAPi ‘Pioneering Team’ Award.
Max says: ‘I am enormously proud of what we have achieved at Touchpress in our first four years. I am delighted now to hand the reins to Sam Aspinall as incoming CEO; I am confident that she will build on our creative excellence and deliver long-term value for our investors.’
We are thrilled to be moving forward with Sam and Max in their new roles as Touchpress continues to grow and innovate.
We are thrilled to announce that Disney Animated has been named as the winner of the Academic/Reference app category at the prestigious 2014 Digital Book Awards.
The Digital Book Awards recognise and commend innovation in apps and digital book publishing, and so it is a great honour to be recognised in this field as a publisher of pioneering and creative apps that redefine the iPad experience.
Disney Animated’s win at the Digital Book Awards continues our streak of success that includes accolades such as the iPad App of the Year for the App Store Best of 2013 list, and the Best Adult Digital Book at the 2013 FutureBook Innovation Awards.
We are absolutely delighted that Disney Animated has been named iPad app of the year on the App Store Best of 2013 list, as well as five more Touchpress titles featuring in the Best of 2013 listing in over 20 countries. In a description on the App Store, the editorial team at Apple commented:
“This enchanting tour of Disney’s animated film vault awes with a bounty of interactive character models, animated sequences and an absolutely spellbinding presentation.”
Here's a more detailed list of where and in which categories Touchpress apps have been recognised:
The Elements (for Mac)
Best Apps: Great Britain
Beethoven's 9th Symphony
Engaging Educational Apps: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, China, South Korea, US, Turkey, India and Russia
Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Full Version)
Engaging Educational Apps: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand,
Innovative Learning: Poland and Taiwan
Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Full iPhone Version)
Innovation in Music: Poland
New Music App: Italy
Innovative Learning: Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands
Engaging Educational Apps: Great Britain and Sweden
Best Educational Apps: France
Barefoot World Atlas
Innovative Learning: Switzerland and Germany
Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy
Innovative Learning: Italy
Thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible – what a fantastic note to end the year on!
We are extremely proud to announce that two of our apps won awards last week at The Bookseller’s prestigious FutureBook Innovation Awards.
Disney Animated won the coveted award for Best Adult Digital Book, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony received the award for Best Reference Digital Book. The FutureBook Innovation Awards celebrate the best in digital publishing, and it is a huge honour to have our apps recognised.
The shortlist brought together an amazing selection of digital innovation, but ultimately the judges were impressed by the technology behind Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Disney Animated utilising the iPad’s full capabilities. Judge Shane Richmond described the former as ‘an exceptional guide to one of the greatest symphonies’.
Louise Rice, producer of Disney Animated, talks about the process:
‘I’ve been a publisher a lot longer than I’ve been a producer, but the roles are much the same (with a bit of filming and technology thrown in). It’s still about nurturing a project from beginning to end, about delivering a story, and for Touchpress it's about doing it in a way that best utilises the iPad’s capabilities. Most of all, it’s about helping a brilliant team make it happen, on budget and on schedule…
This involves lots of conversations, which in Disney’s case were sometimes over a less-than-perfect telephone conference line with two different time zones to battle with. I am personally forever indebted to Mark Walker, SVP at Disney Interactive Entertainment, for getting on the phone to Max Whitby after he’d explored The Waste Land for iPad on a long plane trip, for nurturing the project throughout, and for the delicious Harrods hamper that the Touchpress team enjoyed in my kitchen (due to inclement weather, the park picnic had to be abandoned).’
Together with Faber and Faber, we’ve added a joint reading from Eileen Atkins and Jeremy Irons as well as the capability to add your own notes.
When The Waste Land was first released as an iPad app in June 2011, its publication prompted an editorial in the New York Times. Now, what has come to be a landmark app, has been updated to include a new audio reading by Jeremy Irons and Eileen Atkins, as well as the capability for readers to add their own notes.
The Waste Land is arguably the most important poem of the twentieth century. First published four years after the end of World War I, Eliot’s poem is known for its commentary on a rapidly changing world.
As well as the complete text of the poem, the app includes interactive features that include expert notes, a specially filmed performance by Fiona Shaw and Eliot’s original annotated manuscript. If you’ve already downloaded the app, the update is free.
Choosing to include another reading in the update, for us, came from the feedback we’d had about the original The Waste Land for iPad. Many fans of The Waste Land app told us that they loved the readings, and that this, along with the accompanying notes, helped the poem become much more accessible. As Irons says in this video, “It’s only when you read it aloud that it begins to sing and you begin to understand. It gives me the opportunity to get inside the mind of great poets”.
Lauren Joyce of the Radio Times said on reviewing the Irons and Atkins reading; “Their measured delivery, never overdone, captures the poem’s bleak emotional landscape, breathing life into its panoramic sweep and mundane detail”.
You can download The Waste Land for iPad from the app store here.