Da Vinci Codex Plus is one of those ‘only on the iPad’ type apps – although it’s a universal app that will also run on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It showcases Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus. Here’s a portion of its App Store intro:
This application is the first to allow HD navigation in Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus with touch iPods, iPhones and iPads.
The Codex Atlanticus is preserved in Milan’s Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Its 1119 pages make it the largest collection of the thoughts and ideas that sprang from Leonardo’s genius for more than forty years, practically the whole of his life as an artist and scientist.
This international application constitutes the very first collection of all the best military art drawings comprised in the Codex Atlanticus: 45 sheets illustrating the development of the architectonic and scientific thinking of the world’s best known inventor on the subject of the art of fortification.
I’ve had a look at the ‘sampler’ version of the app (called ‘Da Vinci Codex’ – without the Plus) – and it’s impressive.
The UI is spare but effective. It lets you toggle informational background text for each drawing on and off easily, zoom in and out and pan around the images easily, and navigate around the app smoothly.
The 3D video reconstructions of Da Vinci’s weapons drawings are amazing.
The app was developed by De Agostini Editore in collaboration with the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana of Milan, Italy.
I’ve never studied Da Vinci in any depth, I only learned of him through passing mentions in history and art classes – but this app looks like a treasure trove for those who are serious students of Da Vinci or just big history buffs.