Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Studio 4.5 and its Toon Boom Studio Importer to Flash (TBSi). This latest version enables users to create photo animation and live-action cartooning. Additional new features include a better integration with Photoshop files, extended ease of use, the ability to print, more export options to iTunes and YouTube as well as the import of Flip Boom and Animation-ish projects.

TBSi lets users import Toon Boom Studio projects directly into Adobe Flash CS2 and CS3, resulting in a streamlined workflow for adding interactivity to their projects.

Live-action cartooning allows users to import video files and draw over them to create Roger Rabbit style live-action cartoon animation. Users can import photos and portraits to build a library of key poses which you can animate using cut-out techniques.

Multi-layer Photoshop compositions can be imported into Toon Boom Studio 4.5 with all layer information preserved. Toon Boom says that this allows users to create some impressive camera moves and explore cut-out techniques.

Toon Boom Studio 4.5 costs US $399.99 (around £214). Current customers owning Studio 3.5 and 4 can upgrade for $99.99 (£54).