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Animo 4.0 Ships for OS X

2D animation suite supports 3D model import By Dave Nagel
Cambridge Animation Systems has started shipping Animo 4.0 for Mac OS X. Plans for the OS X-native version had been announced last week. It becomes the first major 2D animation suite targeted toward large animation houses that runs natively in OS X.

The latest version of Animo offers support for 3D, including the ability to import animated 3D models from Maya and Discreet's 3ds max. It also provides support for scanned pencil drawings and images painted directly within the program. Major features include:

  • Scanning (via a TWAIN driver) with automatic registration of pegged drawings, peg editing and TIFF import.
  • Background, overlay and layout scanning with automatic registration, oversized scanning (in multiple parts), color correction and alpha generation.
  • Conversion of scanned images into vectors, including support for Flash output.
  • Color styling, which includes specifying colors and line thickness with support for multiple palettes and color correction.
  • The InkPaint module includes support for automatic gap fixing and includes trace brush tools, autofill, onionskinning and simultaneous access to multiple levels.
  • Several compositing features, including automatic links to keyframes, exposure sheets, Bezier timeline editing, scene graphs and immediate viewing of a composited piece.
  • Special effects, as well as EPS and text import.

Animo is sold with a floating license, so it's not tied to any one particular machine. Animo 4.0 for Mac OS X starts at $5,530. For more information, visit

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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