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Toon Boom Back in Beta for OS X 10.1

Free Web download fixes save problems By Dave Nagel
Toon Boom Technologies has released a new beta of its Toon Boom Studio animation suite. The latest version is designed to fix a problem that prevented the application from working properly in Mac OS X 10.1. It also seems to fix a problem with pressure support from graphics tablets, although Toon Boom never acknowledged the problem in the first place. The new release is freely accessible to registered users of Toon Boom Studio for Mac OS X via the product Web site.

The beta release just came out this afternoon, so I haven't had much time to explore its features. It does require the user to trash the 1.0 version of Toon Boom Studio and reinstall the downloaded package. It seems to remember your serial number, so it doesn't have to be reentered.

The download itself was a bit problematic in Explorer 5.1 for Mac OS X, in that it came down as a .ch2 file. But manually dragging the file over Aladdin's Stuffit Expander 6.5 ( allowed the download to be extracted to its volume image format.

After installation, the file remained invisible on my hard drive. However, searching for it in Sherlock 2 allowed the file to be accessed and launched. After the initial launch, the application became visible in the proper directory.

Toon Boom cautions that this is beta software. The company said earlier that a patch would be released next month. It's not clear yet whether this beta release is the anticipated version or an interim fix while the full release is prepared for release next month. At any rate, through a few initial tests, the software does seem to operate properly. We'll be bringing you continuing updates on the situation as well as a review of thee package when the final OS X 10.1 version is released.

For more information or to download the beta (or a trial version of the beta), 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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