PowerProduction Software has released version 4 of StoryBoard Artist, the company's professional application for creating storyboards for video and animation.

New features in this upgrade include pan and zoom, which allows users to create animatic-style storyboards complete with intra-frame pans, tilts and zooms

The latest release includes the ability to import a script and break it down into its basic components and the ability to link different media for use with such non-linear projects as games and DVDs.

Users can also now export animatic-style storyboards in various formats compatible with Final Cut Pro and other digital video editing software.

Available for Windows and Macintosh PCs, the full version of StoryBoard Artist 4 is $799 (around £450), with upgrades from previous versions available for $299 (£170). PowerProduction also offers a variety of character and prop add-on packs for $49.99 (£28) each.