Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Studio 4. The company says that Studio 4 increases the user's ability to create a wider range of animation styles easily, all within a more user friendly interface.

Feature highlights include a new user interface that Toon Boom claims offers unparalleled flexibility and increased ease-of-use, and the Photo Animation Made Easy system to animate bitmap images like any other vector drawing.

Extended Line Styles can create a multitude of line styles including calligraphy, and users can apply Feather Edges to create vector blur or glow effects. There are more Peg functionalities to easily create improved motion effects, and advanced Web-publishing options for seamless playback on the Internet.

There are over 30 other new features and improvements, including support of Illustrator layers, the Vectorize Preview window, improved drawing tools, Alpha Onion Skinning and support of Tablet PC OS (for Windows XP and Vista).

Toon Boom Studio 4 is available for the special launch price of $329.99 (around £163) using the promotional
code of TBS091307.