Toon Boom Animation has released Studio Express 4 a new version of its animation creation software for Mac OS X and Windows aimed at enthusiasts. It costs US$99.99 (normally $149.99; approx. £50, normally £75)). Upgrades are priced at $9.99 (approx. £5) for a limited time.
Toon Boom Studio Express 4 is a tool for creating animations used on Web sites, Flash banner ads, interactive projects and games, videos and more. It has some limitations compared to the full Toon Boom Studio package, such as an absence of cut out animation tools, animated elements, advanced lip syncing or advanced importing.
New to the version 4 release is a more flexible docking user interface, calligraphic line styles, the ability to feather edges, vectorization using textures, more peg functionalities and more than 30 new features including Flash pre-loaders and HTML embedding.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4 or later.