Toon Boom Animation has today announced the upcoming release of Toon Boom Studio 4, which creates animations for video, Web sites, television, film, games, and mobile devices, and more.

Toon Boom Studio 4 features a redesigned user interface that the company says offer a seamless workflow and a smoother experience, including the ability to to easily customize convenient workspaces. There are extended animation styles to import, vectorize and animate photographs, and increased selection of brushes to create more impressive line styles such as calligraphic painting.

New tools allow blurs and glows to be applied to drawings with the Feather Edges feature. Improved motion capabilities to set more realistic moves with the new peg’s Orient to path feature. Advanced Web publishing options to play back animation on the Internet more efficiently.

Studio 4 also offers support of Adobe Illustrator layers, the Vectorize Preview window, improved drawing tools, Alpha Onion Skinning and support of Tablet PC OS (for Windows XP and Vista).

Buy Toon Boom Studio 4 costs $299.99 (around £148) until August 16, 2007. Upgrades from versions 3 and 3.5 are offered at the launch special of $79.99 (£40).