updated 05:19 pm EDT, Mon September 10, 2012
Animation software includes interface upgrades, vector conversion
Smith Micro today announced the release of the newest version of its Anime Studio animation software, Anime Studio 9. The newest version includes a number of new features aimed at streamlining the animation process, including a Bone Rigging system and the ability to Auto Trace artwork before animating it. Smith Micro will also be hosting a free webinar this week to brief new and experienced users on the software's new features.
Anime Studio 9's Bone Rigging system allows users to set specific points on the "skeleton" of a drawing, eliminating part of the work involved in frame-by-frame animation. It also includes a physics engine governing movement and collisions, an Auto Trace feature that allows for easier importing of drawn materials, and a vector conversion tool that makes artwork scalable. Users can create 2D or 3D animations, and they can also import or record audio for automatic lip-synching.
Anime Studio 9 is available for Windows 7, 8, Vista, and XP, as well as Macs running OSX 10.6 or higher. Windows PCs will need at least a 1GHz Intel Pentium or equivalent, 700MB free hard drive space, 512MB RAM, 1024x768 resolution, and a 16-bit color display. For Macs, the same memory requirements apply, but with a 1.5GHz Intel Processor or above.
The software is available in two versions, Anime Studio Pro and Anime Studio Debut. The Pro version is priced at $150, while the Debut version is priced at $30. Customers that own an older copy of Debut or Pro can qualify for special upgrade pricing, provided they have the serial number for their software available. The Anime Studio Team will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, September 12, to familiarize attendees with the new software. For those unable to join the webinar, Smith Micro will be recording it and putting it online about a week later.