Toon Boom Technologies has released the Web Edition of its USAnimation studio. The new version is a cut-down but Web enabled version of the full package, which is one of the most popular high-end 2D cel animation apps in the US and in companies such as Dreamworks, Warner Bros and Paramount. Whereas the full application can output to a whole host of traditional media, USAnimation Web Edition can only output Flash animation.
The tool includes many features that will seem a lot more familiar to traditional 2D cel animators than to users brought up on Flash. A 3D scene-planning module allows users to create all types of multi-plane movements in realtime, without needing to tween individual elements. A Manager module allows team projects to be easily kept under control. Powerful scan and ink-&-paint modules are also included.