Toon Boom Studio 3 Adds New Tools for Creating Animations

Toon Boom Animation on Wednesday introduced version 3.0 of Toon Boom Studio, its software for creating 2D animation. Among the new features in this update are a free transform tool that applies combinations of scaling, rotation and skewing to animate faster; the ability to add text to animations; automated lip sync tools with better sound scrubbing for adjusting lip synchronization; the ability to save drawings, animation cycles and motions in the library for reuse; a timeline for organizing layers, setting timing and attaching motion paths to elements; and more.

Upgrades from version 1 or 2 are US$199.99, or $99.99 for version 2.5 owners. The full software is $329.99. Support packages that guarantee a response to a problem within 24 hours cost $49.99 for one year and $69.99 for two years. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3, a G4 or G5 processor, 256MB RAM (512MB recommended), 100MB available hard drive space and 8MB video RAM (64MB recommended) with a display capable of 1024 x 768 resolution.