Montreal — Toon Boom Animation has prelaunched two new releases, Toon Boom Animate 3 and Toon Boom Animate Pro 3, which are ideal for frame-by-frame and cut-out rigging animation, respectively.
Animate 3 is described as the ideal software for paperless, frame-by-frame animation, easy to learn and master, while Animate Pro 3 is geared for creating cut-out style animation. Users can build character rigs, animate, and do special effects - all in one software.
Among the Toon Boom Animate 3 Highlights are:
- True Pencil - Animate 3 gives you the ability to draw with True Pencil, a pencil line with variable thickness that supports pressure sensitivity. Draw clean lines with the pencil and have the ability to modify the lines easily. You can apply the style across hundreds of drawings. Incorporate texture on your lines for cool effects.
- Texture Brushes - Animate allows you to draw with texture brushes using the Brush tool. Take advantage of this to do rough drawings just like you would on paper, simulating that pencil-on-paper feeling.
- Tool Presets Toolbar - When creating paperless animation, you often want to save frequently used brushes or pencils so you can quickly go back to those preferences. Using the new Tool Presets toolbar, you can save presets for any tool, remembering the properties of that tool.
Toon Boom Animate Pro 3 highlights include:
- Bone Deform - Animate Pro 3 now comes with Bone-style Deform! Bring your cut-out characters to the next level by adding deformers to bend drawings around bones and articulations. Apply deform to vector drawings, textures, or imported bitmaps.
- True Pencil - Animate Pro 3 gives you the ability to draw with True Pencil, a pencil line with variable thickness that supports pressure sensitivity. Draw clean lines with the pencil and have the ability to modify the lines easily. Incorporate texture on your lines for cool effects.
- Tool Presets Toolbar - When working in cut-out animation, you often want to save standard brush or pencil settings for different areas of your character rig. Using the new Tool Presets toolbar, you can save presets for any tool, remembering the properties of that tool.
Both products are now supercharged on a 64-bit core, which offers the freedom to use more of the computer's resources, and output high-resolution files for a professional-quality production. In addition, they both support standard two-finger Touch Gestures for zooming, rotating, and scaling of the canvas, when using a tablet. Finally, they both benefit from interface enhancements designed to simplify workflow and streamline the animation process.
During this time-limited pre-launch period, Toon Boom Animate 3 can be purchased for $599 and Toon Boom Animate Pro 3 for $999 (a saving of $100). Customers will receive a version 2 license, which will be replaced by version 3 upon release. Customers owning previous versions of Animate and Animate Pro may upgrade on release day only.