Character-animation software developer Di-O-Matic has released a new version of its lip synchronization software.

LipSync MX 2 allows users to take a single audio file and turns character drawings into talking character animations. The software analyzes the audio file and automatically animates the character in almost any language, including English, French, Japanese and German. LipSync MX is designed for Flash animators and Web designers who wish to speed up their production and create quality lip synchronization animations.

Improvements in version 2 include an improved workflow to keep animation vector based from beginning to end, the ability to import SWF files as visemes with transparency support along with enhanced SWF publisher and export settings; support for MP3 audio files and an unrestricted frame rate.

LipSync MX 2 costs $99.00; a limited demo version is available at www.lipsync-mx.com/try