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TAB 2.2 Toonz Animation Board Now Available

New version of Digital Video?s paperless animation software (June 11, 2004)

Digital Video, the developer of leading 2D animation package Toonz, is pleased to announce the launch of the TAB 2.2, the new version of its paperless animation software, tailored to create original animation content for the web and broadcast. Toonz, the flagship software used by Studio Ghibli for its Academy Award winning "Spirited Away" earns now a new companion to better serve the animation community.

With the rapid evolution of creative and technical standards for the Web, designers require tools that can deliver high quality animation efficiently and economically. The knowledge of traditional animation world has allowed Digital Video to design the TAB, software that is animation-oriented rather then graphic design-oriented. By putting together the companys experience and skill with animators interests and concerns, a completely computer-based cartoon animation system is born, that radically streamlines the cartoon production process.

The TAB has been created to satisfy the needs of cartoon artists, animation designers and web-animation companies who need a quick and powerful tool for their creations, eliminating the tedious slowness of the hand-drawn animation. Digital Video is however sure that animators with traditional animation background, accustomed to high-end animation programs, will find in the TAB a new exciting alternative tool to draw, paint and animate their cartoon characters.

Based on a new technology that includes an intuitive vector handling technique that uses dynamic control points and an adaptive fill system, the TAB allows animators to draw in a natural and intuitive way. The TAB has some superior features exploiting the power of vectors, without the restrictions they usually have, such as constant thickness lines, flat colors and control points complex management. Drawings can be animated by modifying vectors like you were modeling clay: you can start from a single drawing, and bring it to life by making subsequent modifications, or you can interpolate two drawings using the inbetweener. Besides, since the TAB images are color-mapped, when a color is changed, all the areas linked to that color will change, with no need to repaint them. And when you stretch, pull or distort a drawing because you want to animate it, filled areas will remain filled since the fill will remain stuck to the strokes youre stretching like gum.

Managing vector-based drawings in an innovative way, giving you new tools to intuitively animate drawings, supporting advanced scene planning with full camera movements, full import and export capabilities, the TAB satisfies the needs of new and old generations of animators.

The TAB is available for Windows 2000, Windows XP and MAC OS X v.10.3.

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