March 6
Adobe Releases LiveMotion Beta
Vector authoring tool also supports Flash

by David Nagel
Senior producer

Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., has released LiveMotion as a public beta available for download from http://www.adobe.com. LiveMotion is a tool for creating vector-based interactive graphics and Web animations. LiveMotion can export to GIF, JPEG, PNG, Photoshop and Flash formats.

Adobe says the new software is tightly integrated with its other software, including GoLive, Photoshop and Illustrator. It can work with Photoshop and Illustrator files natively. The software also contains a number of tools that allow designers to create original graphics and effects without help from an outside application. Some of the tools are borrowed from Photoshop and Illustrator, like bezier curves. It also borrows technology from After Effects, providing object-based timelines for animation. Virtually every object can be edited for position, opacity, shape, rotation, scale, color, special effect attributes and other attributes in a non-destructive manner.

The full release is expected in the second quarter with an estimated street price of $399 in the United States only.

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