Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition is the second Shakespeare In Bits (SIB) title to hit the iPad. I reviewed the first iPad title in the series, Shakespeare In Bits: Romeo & Juliet, back in August and thought the app and the entire SIB concept are both excellent.
Here’s some background on this new app and the series, via the App Store page:
The Shakespeare In Bits series brings you this all-new fully-animated and fully-voiced study edition of Macbeth featuring Stephen Dillane and Fiona Shaw.
Don’t settle for cut-down film editions, or lifeless translations of the play text. Shakespeare In Bits features the complete original text combined with all-new dynamic-text features to make understanding quick and easy. Modern translations for difficult words and phrases are a touch away, along with complete study notes for each section, plot summaries, analysis, and everything else you need to make understanding Shakespeare a snap.
In addition, the entire play is presented alongside two-and-a-half hours of animation that illustrates every line of every scene. With a single touch you’ll be treated to a beautifully animated presentation of the current action demonstrating exactly what’s happening.
With all of the benefits of audio, dynamic text, notes editions, and film in a single, easy-to-navigate package, Shakespeare In Bits is the only study guide you’ll ever need.
-The unabridged original play text, broken into easily digested ‘bits’.
– Complete notes, summaries, and analyses for each section.
-A unique in-line translation system for obscure words and phrases.
-Nearly two-and-a-half hours of animation, featuring the voices of Stephen Dillane and Fiona Shaw. (Audio provided by Naxos Audiobooks).
-Biographies for each character, accessed from the main play or through the cast browser.
-A character relationship map, demonstrating key relationships in the play.
-A side-by-side main play view that presents the animations and the text at the same time
-A text highlight feature, that highlights the current line of text being spoken in the animation
-Text highlight while seeking through an animation video, which allows you to easily navigate to a particular line in an animation
-Simple tab-bar navigation through all of the features in the play
Here’s a slice of my review of the SIB Romeo & Juliet title, that highlights one of the very best things about these apps:
One of the great things about the Shakespeare In Bits approach is that all of the various ‘bits’ that make up the app are executed extremely well and easy to spend time on. They make it easy to jump in and out of the play, and delve into as much or as little background information as you like in each of your sessions with it.
I’m glad to see this second installment of Shakespeare In Bits for the iPad hit the App Store. You can find it in the App Store now, priced at $14.99.