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Animo 4.0 for Mac OS X to Ship in September

(August 15, 2001)
Cambridge Animation Systems announces a new version of its Animo 4.0 software for the Mac OS X, Apple’s next-generation operating system. Animo 4.0 for Mac OS X is scheduled to ship in September.

“Now Mac OS X users can enjoy the same Animo functionality as users running on Windows and IRIX operating systems,” says Simon Ruffles, Cambridge’s marketing manager. “Users will be able to seamlessly exchange files among Animo systems running on the three major computing platforms.”

"Mac OS X's UNIX-based foundation, advanced Internet features, and stunning graphics capabilities make it an ideal platform for digital animation production," says Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "Animo is a great 2D cartoon software package and we are delighted that Cambridge is joining the growing list of developers bringing popular applications to the Mac OS X."

Macromedia Flash output in Animo 4.0 allows users to take advantage 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 any bitmap image is also available to reduce the sizes of Flash files for the low bandwidth of the Internet.

Features in Animo 4.0 for Mac OS X include:

  • Accurate scanning and image processing to digitize and vectorize hand-drawn line artwork.
  • Tools to scan painted backgrounds and overlays.
  • Flexible color modeling, with advanced color correction tools.
  • Fast ink and paint application.
  • Powerful graph-based compositor with numerous special effects.
  • High-resolution output for TV, HDTV or film.
  • Output to files, movies, digital disk recorders or Macromedia Flash (.swf) output.

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