Weaver - A New Storytelling App for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch - Gives People the Power to Share Visually Compelling Stories On the Go

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- Oct 09, 2014 -- Weaver, a new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app that allows people to weave text conversations with illustrations to create visually rich stories, has launched in the Apple App Store today. Weaver is the first mobile app to enable people to express their emotions and locations through illustrations, automatically, as they type.

Every day, more than five billion people send more than one hundred billion messages via messaging apps -- making them the dominant form in which we communicate with one another. However, emotive cues like tone and body language simply don't translate to digital communication channels. In person, expressions and actions are very much involuntary, and much of our communication is told in story format. These key emotive cues can define the tone of a conversation. For example, someone can say 'that's sick' and it could mean 'that's cool' or 'that's gross.' In person we'd know the meaning simply from the tone of voice and their expression.

"Today's texting and messaging apps don't deliver an adequate substitute for our in-person conversations. They lack the ability to convey the key emotive cues that actually define the tone of a conversation," said CEO and co-founder, Michael Agustin. "Weaver helps people digitally express and understand these cues in a seamless and fun fashion, by mimicking the richness of face-to-face interactions with beautiful illustrations."

Weaver Works Like This

With a layout resembling a storyboard or comic book and illustrations similar to manga or animation, Weaver goes beyond the expressive power of stickers, emoticons, and emojis that often fill text and messaging apps, and lets people customize their chats with detailed illustrations that come to life instantly, as they type. Rather than having to pick and choose images, Weaver automatically finds context-relevant illustrations triggered by the most important and descriptive words in a message, empowering storytellers with a seamless way to express themselves.

Weaver also gives people a platform to describe where they are and what they are feeling, when they either can't take or forgot to take a photo. For example, if someone is underwater and can't snap a picture, or they were late for their flight and didn't have time to take a picture in the airport, Weaver can substitute those missed photos with illustrations that they can share with their friends. Weaver even gives users the option to share their conversations with their greater networks on Facebook and Twitter.

Many of the illustrations come from the Weaver Marketplace, Weaver's own design community. Designers from all over the world are building their own brands; Weaver allows them to casually connect directly with consumers inspired by their work through the sale of digital designs in the unique online marketplace.

Weaver was formed by the team behind GameSalad, a technology platform that enables anyone to develop mobile games without coding and currently supports more than 21% of the iOS games in the App Store today. To download Weaver, please visit the App Store. For more information on Weaver and to find out how you can contribute to the online marketplace, please visit http://www.weaver.co/.

About Weaver
Weaver is a free app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that turns simple text-based conversations into visually rich stories using beautifully illustrated characters and places. Weaver gives the more than five billion people who use messaging apps daily an alternative that allows them to express themselves and replace emotive cues like tone and body language that are lost in other digital communication channels. Based in San Francisco, Weaver was founded by Michael Agustin, Dan Treiman, and Rajat Datta in 2013. For more information visit http://www.weaver.co/ or follow us on Twitter and Facebook .

Chelsea Boudreaux
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