Review: 4frame Manga Master is a fun if unpolished manga creation app for iOS

Create manga frames, add text and special effects, and then share with friends.

4frame Manga Master is a fun, easy-to-use app that allows you to convert any of your existing images, drawings, or photos into panels in a manga of your creation. The result is fun and easy to use with dozens of tools to augment and customize your manga panels to look however you want them to look. If you are a manga fan, artist, or just a comic book lover, this is a great app for you, despite some layout issues with the app's interface.

The major issue we found with 4frame Manga Master is in the interface design. Few things are labeled, the buttons are smashed into a small space, and the panels are often too small to see on the screen from the main screen. However, if you can push past that, you'll find a plethora of editing options, allowing you to pull any image from your library or snap a new one, add special effects and text, change the alignment of the text, and much more. The app is designed for Japanese, but it works well with English text, as well, and you can add manga-style special effects such as transitions, light beams, star bursts, and more.

There is a lot to like about 4frame Manga Master. It's almost a shame the app is not better designed upfront, because a lot of people will probably write it off after cursory use for not being easy enough to use. But if you can get past that point, you'll find something that's fun, ultimately easy to use, and most importantly, effective at what it does.

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