The Basics

What is iTouch My Friends all about anyways?

iTouch My Friends lets you create movies of anything you can imagine. First, you create a friend from any picture. Then you can place your friend into an existing movie or create a new movie from scratch. You can add props, effects, and sounds to your movies, and then upload them to the internet when you are done.

What is the difference between iTouch My Friends and iTouch My Friends Free?

iTouch My Friends Free contains all the features of the full iTouch My Friends application. However, iTouch My Friends Free only has a small portion of the premade friends, movies, props, effects, and sounds that are included in the full version of iTouch My Friends. You can purchase the full version’s content from within iTouch My Friends Free.

Can I use the content I created or purchased from iTouch My Friends Free in the full version of iTouch My Friends, or vice-versa?

Unfortunately, you cannot use any content that you personally created or purchased from the in-app store in between iTouch My Friends and iTouch My Friends Free. If you already have the full version of iTouch My Friends then you already have everything that iTouch My Friends Free has to offer. If you have iTouch My Friends Free and iPhone OS 3.0 or higher, you can purchase the full version’s content without having to upgrade.

What is a ‘friend?’

Friends are the actors in your movies. We have included several friends that you can use immediately. You can also create your own from a picture from either your iPod/iPhone or from Facebook™. You can also check the in-app store for new content we will create and make available for purchase.

What is a ‘prop?’

Props are objects that can be added to a movie. You can add a prop by selecting “props” from the left-side menu when making a movie. We have included a collection of props that you can use right away. You can also create your own props from any picture. You can also check the in-app store for new content we will create and make available for purchase.

What is an ‘effect?’

Effects are special animated effects that can be added to your movies. They can change your movie from dull to spectacular! You can add an effect by selecting “effects” from the left-side menu when making a movie. We have included a collection of effects that you can use right away. You can also check the in-app store for new content we will create and make available for purchase.

What is a ’sound?’

Sounds are sound effects that can be added to your movies to make them more engaging. You can add a sound by selecting “sounds” from the left-side menu when making a movie. We have included a collection of sounds that you can use right away. If you have a microphone, you can also record sounds when making a movie. You can also check the in-app store for new content we will create and make available for purchase.

What is a ‘background?’

Backgrounds are the settings for your movies. You can select a background for your movie from the top menu by selecting ‘background.’ We have included a collection of backgrounds that you can use right away. You can also create a background from any image. You can also check the in-app store for new content we will create and make available for purchase.

What is a ‘movie?’

Movies are the core of iTouch My Friends. You can create new movies from scratch or use an existing movie to get a quick start. When you make a movie, you choose a friend that will be your star and then record them doing whatever you want. You can add props, effects, and sounds. You can also make your friend wear a wardrobe by selecting another friend to use as the body. You can choose or create a background to use to set the scene. We have included a number of pre-made movies that you can use as templates. You can also use any movie you have previously created as a template for a new movie. You can also check the in-app store for new content we will create and make available for purchase.

What are ‘challenges?’

From time to time, we will offer themed challenges for video uploads. You can view details of the current challenge by pushing ‘challenges’ from the main menu. You can specify that you want to enter the challenge when you upload a movie to YouTube™. To enter the challenge, select ‘Enter the latest challenge’ on the YouTube™ upload form. If you enter your e-mail address, we will notify you when the challenge ends and who the winners were. When a challenge period is over, we will pick the best entries to feature on the iTouch My Friends website. You can also view more information, as well as current entries and past winners, at http://togapit.com/itouch-my-friends-challenges/

How can I make a quick movie from a new picture?

To make a quick movie that looks good and shows off one of your friends, follow these steps:

  1. Select ‘make a friend’ then ‘new friend’ from the main menu.
  2. Select the picture source you would like to use, then select a picture and choose ‘head only.’ Enter a name for your friend and push next.
  3. Use two fingers to position the picture so that your friend’s head is centered in the frame. Press next.
  4. Tap on your friend’s nose.
  5. Pinch/stretch with two fingers until the oval covers your friend’s entire face. Press next.
  6. Use your finger to erase any parts of the background that show up around your friend’s face. Press undo if you make a mistake. Press next when you are finished.
  7. Press next at the next screen.
  8. Select ‘use a template’ at the next screen to use a pre-made movie. Choose one of the movies from the list that looks interesting. Press next.
  9. Choose one of the wardrobes from the list that you think fits your friend’s head. If you want, pinch/stretch to make their head fit the wardrobe better. Press next.
  10. Type in a name and press next. Press play to see your friend in action!
  11. Play around with all the features available to you. Add props, effects, and sounds to your movie. Or just push ‘upload’ on the right-side menu and share your creation with the world!

It looks like a lot of steps but it’s quicker than it sounds, we promise!

Where can I go for more help?

There is help available in the application:

  • You can press the “?” button on the main menu to call up general help.
  • Press the “?” button while making a friend or prop to get help for the current step.
  • Select “help” from the right-side menu while making a movie to see the interactive movie tutorial.

We are always working on this FAQ, as well as a more comprehensive manual and some tutorial videos. Check back often.

If all else fails, you can always contact us!

Friends

How do I create a new friend?

From the main menu, select ‘make a friend,’ and then ‘new friend.’ Choose a source for the picture of your friend; you can choose to pick from the image library, from the camera (if available), or from Facebook™ (requires an internet connection). Once you have chosen the image, you need to specify whether your picture is just a picture of your friend’s head, or if it is their entire body.

If you make a friend from just a picture of their head you will need to use an existing full-body friend as a wardrobe.

If you make a friend from a picture of their entire body, you can use their body as a wardrobe for another friend.

Next, you name your friend, and then you are guided through the creation process. At any time, you can press the “?” button to get help for the current step. When you are done, your friend is ready to be used in your movies.

What is a ‘wardrobe’ and why do I need to choose one for my head-only friends?

A wardrobe is a friend that was created from a picture of an entire body. All of the friends included with iTouch My Friends can be used as a wardrobe. If you make a new friend and choose “entire body” during the creation process, you can use the new friend’s body as a wardrobe as well. You must choose a wardrobe if you have selected a head-only friend, because otherwise you would just have a floating head in your movie!

How do I get rid of the ugly stuff that shows up around my friends’ arms and legs?

When making a friend it is best to pinch the shapes down to fit your friend’s arms, legs, and body as tightly as possible. If you can’t get the shapes to fit perfectly, you can use the erase tool to erase the background from around your friend’s body parts. With a little care, you can get rid of all the ugly background stuff and get your friends to look their best.

What do I do if the picture of my friend has something in the way of part of their body?

If there is a small object in front of your friend’s body, or if their arm overlaps their body, you can use the edit step to hide the obstructions. Choose the eyedropper tool and then touch on your friend in the area around the obstruction to get the colour of your friend’s body at that position. Then, select the colour that you chose and use the paint tool to paint over the obstruction. This will get rid of the overlapping objects and make your friend look great!

Movies

I made a movie and now I want to do the same movie with a different friend. How do I do this without losing the original movie?

You can use any movie as a template when creating a new movie. From the main menu, choose “make a movie,” then “new movie.” In the next screen, choose “Use a template” and then select the movie you would like to use. You can now choose a new friend and make changes to the new movie, and you will still have the original.

How do I make my friends do things in the movie?

When you create a movie from scratch, you can move the friend into any position you want. When you are ready, you can push the record button in the lower right of the screen. A countdown will play, and once the countdown is completed you can move your friend around to make them do whatever you want. Touch their hands, feet, head, or hips and drag around to record. When you are done, push the record button again to stop recording. You can go back in the movie and record again over any part you want: Your friend will keep doing what you recorded before, and you can make them do more by recording again. For instance, you can record your friend waving their hand, and then go back and record them moving their leg at the same time. When you press play, your friend will move both their arm and leg at the same time.

What do I do with the timeline at the bottom of the screen?

The timeline allows you to move to any point in time in the movie by moving the knob. It also shows you when sounds and effects are used in your movie.

The two buttons to the left of the timeline switch between the sound timeline (the speaker button) and the effect timeline (the iTouch My Friends logo). When you are on the sound timeline, the sound effects in your movie show up on the timeline as coloured boxes. When you are on the effect timeline, these boxes represent the effects in your movie. You can select sounds or effects by tapping on the box on the timeline. Once you have selected a box, you can drag it to move the time that the sound or effect occurs in the movie. You can press the X button to delete the sound or effect from the timeline.

What can I do with props?

You can add a prop to your movie by selecting it from the ‘props’ menu on the left side of the screen. Once you have added your prop, you can resize it and position it wherever you want. You can move the prop while you are recording like you do with the friend. You can also rotate the prop while the recording by holding your finger on the prop and simultaneously pushing the red button that appears near the prop.

You can also attach props to your friend’s head or hands. To do this, position the prop near your friend’s head or near the hand you would like them to hold it in. When you are happy with the position of the prop relative to your friend, push the “hand” button on the prop. The hand will change to a closed fist, showing that it is attached to your friend. It will move along with your friend as the movie plays. You can use this to put a hat on your friend’s head, or to make them carry something around.

You can also hide props by pushing the “eye” button on the prop. When the prop is visible, the eye is open, and when it is invisible the eye is closed. You can use this to make props appear or disappear during your movie.

Can I create my own props?

You can create your own props for use in your movies. The process is very similar to creating a new friend.

Select ‘make a movie,’ then ‘props,’ then ‘new prop’ from the main menu to create a new prop. Or, you can select ‘create prop’ from the left-side menu while editing a movie. When you create a prop from within a movie, the prop is automatically added to the movie when you are finished.

How do I upload my movie to the internet?

You can upload any movie you have made to YouTube™, Facebook™ or Twitter™ by selecting ‘upload’ from the right-side menu. You must be connected to the internet to upload a movie. For best results, you can upload while connected to a wifi network, allowing high-quality uploads. High-quality uploads take longer than the medium quality uploads, but they look much better when viewed in a web browser.

If you are uploading a movie you YouTube™, you can also choose to enter the current challenge by selecting ‘Enter the latest challenge’ on the upload information form.

In order to upload, you must accept the upload terms of service. Please keep in mind that any movie you upload is being shared with the world. Please don’t upload movies that are offensive, hurtful, or that violate another person’s privacy or rights.

In-App Store

Can I buy new props, movies, friends, effects, or other content?

We offer an in-app store for users with iPhone OS 3.0 or greater. You can purchase new content packs that will be made available from time-to-time. Select “get more stuff” from the main menu to see what is currently available to buy. If new packs are available since the last time you looked, the “get more stuff” button will be highlighted in orange.

We will try to offer new friends, movies, props, effects, sounds and backgrounds on a regular basis for purchase, so keep an eye out for new packs.

You can also buy the content included in the full version of iTouch My Friends from within iTouch My Friends Free. More info can be found here.

I bought a content pack in the in-app store. Where is my stuff?

Once you purchase a content pack from the in-app store, your content is immediately available for use within the app. All the content you have purchased in the store is marked with the in-app store badge so you can identify what extra content you have. If you purchased a pack and do not see any items with the badge, go back to the in-app store, select the pack you bought and select ‘buy’ again. You will not be charged a second time. Once your purchase has been confirmed, the content will be downloaded and should be available for use.

I have iTouch My Friends Free. Do I have to buy the full version to unlock all of the content?

If you have iPhone OS 3.0 or greater, you can purchase the full version’s content from the in-app store in iTouch My Friends Free.

A word of warning: You will not be able to carry over your purchases or creations from the free version to the full version. More info can be found here.

Contact

Who can I contact for more information about iTouch My Friends?

You can send us questions or concerns by going to the “contact us” page on our website at http://togapit.com/contact

You can also send an e-mail to support@togapit.com