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Cambridge Releases Animo 4.1

Software gets improved 3D data support By Dave Nagel
Cambridge Animation Systems has updated Animo to version 4.1. The latest release of Animo, a software-based animation system, gains improved support for 3D data in the software's Scene III module for Director, as well as a few other improvements. The software is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

The Scene III module in Animo 4.1 allows users to apply a consistent cartoon look to a scene that contains both 2D elements created in Animo and 3D models created in Maya or 3ds max. Users can make changes to individual elements of the 3D model, such as translation, scaling and rotation, and add lights and cameras without having to go back into the original 3D program.  3D elements can be attached to a camera in Animo Director's scene graph.  Animo effects can be attached to 3D elements in the same way they are in a 2D environment.  Scene III also allows users to export 2D elements to a 3D scene as image planes. Final 2D and 3D composited scenes from Scene III are rendered in a cartoon style.

In addition to 3D support in Scene III and Director, Animo 4.1 adds a number of new features, including new functionality in the ScanLevel, InkPaint and PencilTester modules.

Animo 4.1 is available as a bundled package or in separate modules.  Core modules that come with every Animo license include ScanLevel, InkPaint, Director, Render, VectorEditor and ImageProcessor.  Optional modules include SFX, Color Correction, Regging, Scene III, PencilTester and SoundBreakdown.  PencilTester and SoundBreakdown can also be used as stand-alone software. Animo is sold as a floating license. Pricing varies. 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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