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We are a little late on covering Polish Foldify, which has been covered by a number of high profile blogs, but if you haven’t heard about the iPad app (and especially if you have kids), read on.
Foldify is a recently-released iPad app which aims to combine the real-world hobby of papercrafts with the touchscreen technology of the iPad. It’s a pretty simple concept, as users select a pre-designed shape and then can go about adding colors and interesting designs. Upon creating a figure, users can print them out and turn them into real crafts or can share them with family and friends. Like this.
Unlike many startups, this project was self-funded. The team behind it maintained regular work as independent contractors and worked on the app in their free time. Marius and his wife Renata are the designers, but Krzysztof Zablocki is the third member of the team, the coder who makes the magic happen, so to speak.
Mariusz Ostrowski, one of the founders of the company that produces this app, Pixle, told me that the ability to import photos has been a popular request and will be added in an upcoming update to the app. Ostrowski told me that the inspiration for this app came about when he and his team would recall making crafts as a child and they decided to re-introduce this childhood hobby through an iPad app. Ostensibly geared towards children, this app could also conceivably entertain creatively-minded adults.
Currently only on iPad, Ostrowski says that an iPhone version is possibly in the works. He also told me that they’ve considered designing for other platforms, but are currently focused on making the best iOS that they can. Also, monetizing apps is often an issue and Ostrowski believes that the AppStore probably offers the best possibility for selling this app.
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