CONCEPT: A fantastic whiteboard app for presenting content in a clean, crisp way on an infinite canvass.
DELIVERY: As an educator, presentation is naturally a fundamental aspect of daily life. The iPad offers a range of options in this respect from creating polished Keynote presentations, to harnessing the screen casting and multimedia options offered by apps like Explain Everything. I have to admit that when I first downloaded Zamurai, I thought it was just another presentation app that I'd never use.
Then I used it.
The beauty of Zamurai is that it is so streamlined and clean. All of the core features are offered within the bottom task bar - shapes, drawing tools, test tools. The touch screen controls are intuitive and thus the manipulation of objects is incredibly simple. This is particularly relevant as the app works with an ever expanding canvass approach rather than separate slides. This is great for moving between content and linking ideas throughout a session.
The app also contains an nice icon library that contains a decent array of symbols and graphics for quick insertion. These icons range from clouds and people to iPads and speech bubbles. There's even the option to select whether the icons are 2D, 3D or presented in sketch format.
A grid effect can be instantly applied to the canvass which is ostensibly to help with the alignment of objects but makes for a handy squared paper background when Maths is the subject!
Essentially what you're looking at is an ideal replacement for that sort of IWB software you access on the fly and regularly during lessons (like Interwrite or Smart notebook. Another great touch is that when projecting through airplay, only the canvass appears on screen with the toolbars kept to the iPad.
LIMITATIONS: Zamurai uses the freemium model so many key features have to be purchased within the app. These include the ability to create unlimited whiteboards, the ability to export as jpg and PDF and the ability to import images from the camera roll. As these are all pretty crucial, buying them becomes essential. Zamurai also lacks the screen casting function offered by other whiteboard style apps.
CONCLUSION: A great addition to the field of mobile presentation and a worthwhile purchase for everyday classroom use. 4/5