Animo 4.0 adds Flash, performance gains

Cambridge Animation Systems has launched Animo 4.0 - an update to its cartoon animation system. The new version, which is scheduled to ship this month, adds support for Macromedia Flash output and improved performance, says the company. The company says its implementation of Flash output will allow users to take advantge of the full power of Animo's scene graph, exposure sheet, drawing window, filters and effects to create high-quality animations. Special controls such as disabling filter nodes and disabling animation of bitmap images will keep Flash file sizes low, says the company. The announcement follows a raft of designers leaping onto the Flash platform as a medium for cartoon animation. Users of Animo 4.0 will have full control of ink lines and painted regions, says the company, as well as control over the colour, width, and generation of ink lines. Files will be optimized for streaming playback, says the company. Other features in the update include a VectorEditor module that edits vectorized drawings that are primarily used for Flash output, Offpeg Scanning for use with scanned images, and TWAIN support. New lip-syncing and colour line scanning tools also debut, says the company.

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