Childrens Technology Review
Award of Excellence
Parents Choice Award
Silver Honor for Software
The Association of Educational Publishers
Most Innovative Software Award
Best Art Software Award
NAPPA Gold Award for Software
National Association of Parenting Publications Awards
Amazing Art & Creativity Software from Core Learning Gathers Top Awards and Outstanding Reviews!
PAINT – DRAW – ANIMATE – PHOTO-EDIT ! corefx Three Level is a four in one all purpose creative expression software program that includes draw, paint, animate, photo edit and other artistic and documentation creation functions. With three skill levels to choose from, the extensive but easy to use creative tools suits the young novice computer user (age 5 and up) as well as the experienced graphics artist. corefx allows you to work with images from a wide variety of imported sources – digital photographs, image scans, web graphics, your own creations, and many others. Any image that is produced with corefx can easily be saved for the use on the web (including animation),
used in desktop publishing, presentation or word processing software or incorporated directly into other projects.
Experts in both consumer and education markets describe corefx Three Level as riveting, inspiring, addicting, cool, and simply, the best graphics and creativity software available for children and adults.
Education Evaluations & Awards
corefx Three Level received two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers : Most Innovative Software and, Best Art Software, for 2006.
Association of Educational Publishers
“Core Learning’s corefx Three Level deserves to be the first name brand you think of when you consider digital imaging software for your elementary or middle school classroom, but instead, you probably think of products from Adobe. Unlike Photoshop, corefx is designed as a full-featured general artistic tool for students. It is drawing/painting, photo-editing, and animation creation package with surprising depth…In addition to the preset complexity levels, most elements of the corefx interface are individually customizable, so teachers can create as many levels of difficulty as they need. Beyond the controls themselves, one of the aspects that makes corefx so easy to jump into is its adherence
When you choose to draw in crayon on rough paper, the results on screen closely mimic what you’d see on paper with
real wax Crayola. Likewise, watercolors bleed, charcoal smears, and pencils draw realistically. Depending on the digital medium you’re using, colors blend and can even smudge, very like their real-world counterparts. If you have a drawing tablet or tablet PC, corefx can recognize pressure-sensitive stylus input, further enhancing the intuitive nature of the tools.…With a base price of only $59.95…, corefx belongs in any classroom where creativity and artistic expression are valued.”
Learning & Leading with Technology, published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
“ Powerful, yet easy to use, this all-purpose creativity program is better than Photoshop and KidPix combined. Yes, folks, someone finally answered the call of thousands of needy teachers and created a state-of-the-art drawing program with serious features, standard menus, and plenty of content…Every feature on our creativity wish list was covered….Needless to say, we were thrilled to discover corefx.
Technology Pathfinder for Teachers
“We can’t all be Picasso's, but corefx takes the fear out of creative self-expression. With a grab bag of digital bitmap paint tools designed for children( and adults) of all ages and abilities, and a customizable toolkit of toolbars, tool windows, icons, gadgets, and brushes, corefx is sure to meet the needs of students with a range of skill levels…With corefx, it doesn't matter if you’re a master or a scribbler. There are enough creative paint opportunities for infinite inspiration.
Carol S. Holzberg, Ph.D. for Technology and Learning magazine
Evalu Tech, a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Instruction and the Southern Regional Education Board, a resource – sharing consortium of 16 states, releases a very supportive assessment of corefx for use in schools.. Noting no weaknesses as a productivity application, several strengths are mentioned.One particular strength is the selection of pre-set interfaces and the ability to customize the interface: “Interfaces also can be customized to meet individual preferences by adding/removing tools, increasing/decreasing tool button sizes, adding/removing menu options, rearranging tools, locking/unlocking toolbars, and creating toolbars with new functions.” The evaluation concludes: “corefx is an intuitive and versatile program that can be used throughout the curriculum to edit and create images and animations to illustrate projects, draw mind
maps, and create storyboards.” http://www.evalutech.sreb.org/search/reviewdetail.asp?Code=13298
Evalu Tech, Southern Regional Education Board
The Departments of Education for the State of Alabama and the State of South Carolina have each adopted corefx Three Level for K-12 Visual Arts for a 6 year contract period. corefx is the only art software adopted for K-12 Visual Arts by either state.
Gwinnett County, Georgia has adopted corefx Three Level for a 6 year contract period as the County’s core curriculum resource for K-5 Fine Arts.
“…Most computer art programs for kids encourage coloring and stamps but do little to teach children how to mix colors, skew(tilt or otherwise distort) shapes, and work with various effects. Professional graphic design programs are expensive and often assume a level of competence children are unlikely to have…Not so corefx…an intuitive creative expression software program that teaches children how to work like graphic designers while simultaneously letting their creative juices flow….After installing the program, I turned my nine-year-old daughter loose on it. Within minutes she was easily navigating the junior level and creating a folder full of art. She gave it two thumbs up and five stars, then proceeded to spend the rest of the day creating - not a bad return on any investment.
Consumer Evaluations & Awards
“corefx Three Level is a simple, powerful graphics program for those who can’t afford or can’t master Photoshop. If you have children…, you will appreciate the ability to customize the menus with a beginner’s level setting. Advanced users will find features even Photoshop lacks…You can even import an image from your camera, add some text, and create an artistic title screen for your family scrapbook.”
New York Times.
corefx Three Level was rated with a perfect 5 Star rating by Children's Technology Review and also given CTR’s Award of Excellence for creativity software. "We don't throw around five star ratings. In order to get one, a title needs to be the best in its category, have quality content, and empower a young mind. That's why we were so thrilled to find corefx Three Level...Someone finally listened to the masses and made a reasonably priced graphics program that any child can be successful with…All in all, this is the best consumer level drawing program on the market, for both children and adults."
Children's Technology Review.
"Toddlers right up through troglodyte software reviewers love this addicting software that simplifies just about every trick in the computer graphics artist's tool bag to turn out eye-grabbing paintings, drawings, illustrations and enhanced photographs...so much of the value lies in the educational opportunities....teachers and parents alike will relish the way this software lets a youngster learn such fine points as brush pressure and important techniques in digital graphics."
corefx Three Level was one of 4 programs to receive the NAPPA Gold Award for Software from the National Association of Parenting Publications. “This year’s software titles for children are distinguished by their depth, longevity of play, originality, visual impact, ease of installation and value for the price…corefx is a blast. Turn your computer screen into a painting canvas with colorful pencils, paints, spirographics, clip art, textures and animations. Small children sit and scribble, paint and erase endlessly while teenagers scan in, embellish, improvise, animate and reinvent their art. Players stay riveted to the screen as one cool option beckons the next…”
National Association of Parenting Publications
“I was impressed with all the things it can do. With all the tools, the user can do or draw just about anything. In fact, I was worried that it might be too much, since it is aimed at a young user. I loaded it onto my laptop computer and took it over to my neighbor and asked his daughter, who is 8 years old, to try it. I explained it briefly and then stood back and watched to see if she could figure it out. So did she like it? Let me put it this way – she did not move from using the program until my laptop battery started to go. For over 90 minutes she drew different items, added stamps, and changed drawing tools.”
corefx Three Level was a Hottest Software Pick by Dingbat Magazine. “This is a super digital art creation tool…It will inspire anyone who tries it. Unlike basic digital painting programs, corefx reaches beyond the realm of generic effects into the realm of sublime surprise and experimentation…It’s a great program for nearly everyone.”
corefx Three Level was awarded the Silver Honor for Software from Parents’ Choice Foundation. “Here is a very good computer graphics program that brings together some of the best features of adult programs like Photoshop, Corel Draw and Sketcher into an easy-to-use program for youngsters. The program includes several levels of use from beginner to advanced, with appropriate tools for each level…Our grade school testers were able to make some very fine looking art after just a few minutes of familiarizing themselves with the various toolbars. They played creatively with this software, creating complex collages with the wide range of images( including animals, musical instruments and sports images), combining images and coloring them, freehand drawing and coloring using various brush, paint, and spray can simulating tools, and making kaleidoscopic patterns using the symmetry
Parents’ Choice Foundation
Like other graphics programs, “corefx” offers a powerful set of tools to create pictures and animations. What sets it apart is its three-level approach….corefx comes with a simple interface and useful help menu. Its graduated approach makes it great for families. It is also a good way for beginners to start with the basics and work their way up to more sophisticated graphics tools.”
corefx Three Level was given a maximum 5 rating by Nick Jr. Family Magazine and rated the best of the best new software products in 2005, outscoring Kid Pix Deluxe and JumpStart Reading with Karaoke. “There’s no need for high-end software like Photoshop for your beginning designer. This program, with textured paper, oodles of colors, clip art, and the ability to work a variety of file formats, is a top-notch starter…Finally, an affordable state-of-the art drawing program.”
Nick Jr. Family Magazine
corefx Three Level was selected as one of the top eight new generation technology products that help children and young adults explore their creative side and aid in homework assignments.
“…We were able to use all three levels and soon the three of us became hooked on this software. Even our parents insisted on using it. It’s similar to Photoshop but easier to use….You will be amazed at what illustrations you can make, and we think you will have as much fun as we did.”
Kidsday reporters, age 11 and 12, for Newsday