Cartoon Story Maker

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  • Cartoon Story Maker

    Windows XP, Vista & 7 & 8 (2.6MB) To install click on the link, select 'Run' (or 'Open'), and follow the prompts.

  • Storyboard planning sheet

    (pdf 56kb). Plan your story first. Black and white master for photocopying.

  • Help files (pdf 493kb).

    Print friendly version.









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A quick look at the Cartoon Story Maker

File Options:
You can open and edit stories aswell as preview, print and save.
Diagram showing the Cartoon Story Maker and the key features
Frame area:
Drag and drop items here to compose each frame of your story.
Image Libraries:
These include different characters with different expressions.
Picture tools:
Enlarge, rotate, flip or delete images.
Frame controls:
Add, delete, copy and paste frames.
Text tools:
Change text colour, make bold, italics or underline.
Audio bubbles:
Add your own voice recording using the built in voice recorder. Also add pre recorded sounds.
Background library:
Aa range of common scenes
You can add you own foreground or background images.
Text bubbles:
Add text to your story. Use the 'drag handle' to move bubbles or to apply text formatting

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Make 2D screen based cartoon stories to illustrate conversations and dialogues. Stories can include an unlimited number of frames and are view frame by frame. Each frame can include:

  • Images: Drag and drop library items onto the frame, or import your own digital photos or images saved from the web.
  • Text bubbles: Select from a range text bubbles and information boxes. Drag and drop onto the frame and start typing! Text can be in any language and any script.
  • Voice recordings: Add new voice recordings using the simple built in recording panel. You can also add recordings already saved on your computer.

Stories are saved on your computer as HTML page (webpages), and can easily viewed by others on any computer using a web browser such as Internet Explorer. Stories can also be printed. Completed stories can also be loaded back into the Cartoon Story Maker and edited or added to.


A character from the image library sits infront of an imported background image found on the web.

Features list

See the Help files for more details.

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Cartoon Story Maker in the classroom

The Cartoon Story Maker has been designed with a focus on applying language learning. It is easy to use with simple controls so students spend less time manipulating tools and more time on the language. Within a few minutes of opening the Cartoon Story Maker students can be typing text or adding their own voice recordings.

Students can:

Teachers can:

Cartoon Stories can be used:

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Installation and operation


To install and run the Cartoon Story Maker the computer must have the following:

Installation in schools

Installation of software in school systems is often restricted. This may mean that only your IT technician is able to install software. Talk to your IT support about how the software is best installed in your school.


When a cartoon story is saved a new folder will be created with the name and in the location specified by the user. The folder will contain:

Some schools' IT systems prevent students from saving these files. Check with your IT support that students are permitted to save these files in their folders on the server. If not, it may be possible to create a new folder without these restrictions where students can save their games.

The default save path for completed games is 'My Document'.

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Further Information and help

See the Help files. (these are also available by clicking on the 'Help' button in the top bar of the program.)

For further assistance contact the Languages Online Team (

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