Smith Micro and Wacom Partner to Bring Affordable Multi-Touch Functionality to Animators and Artists Everywhere
January 29, 2012 7:03 pm
New Anime Studio 8.1 Becomes the World's First Animation Software to Support Wacom Multi-Touch Tablets
ALISO VIEJO, CA – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics Group and Wacom Americas today announced a partnership to bring the ease of multi-touch functionality to animators and digital artists everywhere. The first in a series of exclusive releases with Wacom, Anime Studio customers can now use finger gestures on Bamboo Multi-Touch tablets with a special upgrade to Anime Studio 8.1. The Anime Studio 8.1 update includes over 30 new features, performance enhancements and integrated user feedback.
“Over the past few years, the iPhone and multi-touch finger gestures have dramatically changed the way people expect to work with their favorite tools and software,” said Steve Yatson, Sr. Director, Productivity & Graphics, Consumer Division of Smith Micro Software. "We are thrilled to be the first in the industry to pioneer the use of multi-touch technology to create one-of-a-kind Anime Studio artwork and animations using Wacom tablets.”
Multi-touch is an exciting new way for digital artists and animators to speed up design time and make the entire process smoother. The solution lets anyone use simple finger taps and finger gestures to create and adjust characters, objects and scenes, zoom in and out of the canvas, drag and drop, rotate and scale and much more. Multi-touch technology even senses input from more than one finger at a time, making it possible to use intuitive multi-finger motions to perform common commands.
“On behalf of our customers, we're really excited to see Smith Micro's leadership advancing natural user interaction,” said Scott Rawlings, Wacom’s Vice President of Marketing. “This is especially important to those who create art on computers. Technology needs to embrace the natural way of working so creativity can flow with less interruption and with less obstruction. Coordinating seamless integration of pen and multi-touch with natural and intuitive creative software will have a dramatic impact on our customers' joy in creating art.”
The Anime Studio 8.1 Update Features:
- The Wacom Feel™ Multi-Touch API
- 30+ performance enhancements and integrated user feedback
- Support for importing SVG vector files
Anime Studio 8.1 offers versions for novice and advanced users. The industry’s most affordable alternative to time-consuming, frame-by-frame animation, Anime Studio Pro is ideal for professional animators and is equipped with powerful features for producing cartoons and animations for film, video and online media. For first-time animators, hobbyists and digital artists, Anime Studio Debut is a fun, quick and affordable way to create animations and artwork, offering a Beginner's Mode and Character Wizard to help you design your own ready-to-animate characters in minutes.
Pricing and Availability: The MSRP for Anime Studio Debut 8 is $49.99 and Anime Studio Pro 8 is $199.99, available at http://www.smithmicro.com/anime. Current users with a valid serial number can download and update their copy of Anime Studio 8 or 8.1 to version 8.2 for free by visiting http://anime.smithmicro.com/updates.html. Users with Anime Studio versions 7 or earlier can upgrade to Anime Studio Debut 8.2 for $19.99 or Anime Studio Pro 8.2 for $129.99 by visiting http://anime.smithmicro.com/upgrade.html.
Wacom’s Bamboo Capture ($99.95 USD) and Bamboo Create ($199.95) pen and touch tablets are available at most consumer electronics retailers as well as Amazon and Wacom’s own online store. Visit www.wacom.com/bamboo for more information.
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About Smith Micro Software, Inc.:
Smith Micro Software, Inc., headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, with offices in Europe and Asia, develops mobility solutions that enable seamless broadband connectivity and next generation media and mobile convergence products over wireless networks.
The company’s Productivity and Graphics Group provides software solutions for people who want their computing experience to be more secure, organized and creative. Smith Micro Software’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol SMSI. For more information, please visit: http://www.smithmicro.com.
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