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Toon Boom Studio 1.1 Coming in Spring

Update adds support for iMovie By Dave Nagel
Here's a bit of a twist. Toon Boom Technologies is updating its professional animation system for Mac OS X, Toon Boom Studio, to add compatibility with Apple's consumer-level NLE, iMovie. The new version of Toon Boom Studio, version 1.1, has also gained some new features, optimizations for OS X 10.1 and some interface tweaks.

In version 1.1, users can actually output animations as iMovie projects or add Toon Boom animations to existing iMovie project files. For those who don't know, iMovie uses a proprietary file format and does not directly support the import of QuickTime files. But it's also become a popular tool for those who need to do video editing but do not necessarily need the features found in professional-level NLEs. Hence the workaround.

Toon Boom Studio 1.1 also changes the program's interface somewhat, replacing floating floating tool palettes with customizable tool bars at the top of each window.

Finally, Toon Boom Studio's screen layouts and utility palettes have been redesigned to make better use of screen real estate. It supports custom screen arrangements for monitors with non-standard aspect ratios and also adds full support for dual monitors.

The new version of Toon Boom Studio will be available in the spring of this year, according to the company, although anticipated ship dates for Toon Boom's OS X software have not always proved accurate, to put it mildly. 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 [email protected].

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