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"Excellent cartoon animation suite"
I have the Professional verion of this product and have used it since before it became Anime Studio. It has an excellent set of tools, many of which are not even found on more expensive products.
Reasons I love it ....
- In addition to layer and point animation it has a 2.5D IK bone animation system.
- It has a 2D particle system.
- It allows import of 3D objects in obj format.
- It has a real 3D camera allowing for some great angles and moves that couldn't be easily done in a 2D system.
- It allows custom tool creation using the lua scripting language; in fact the official features listed on the product page are multiplied many times over by some fantastic custom scripts created by professional and hobbyist users.
- It has a fanatically cool, creative and friendly group of users who are glad to share tips and help solve problems.
My experience is with the Pro version, this version has a slightly different feature set so you'll want to compare or drop into the forum and ask.
My only wish would be for some more integration with Flash. Some stuff cannot be export - like bone animation simply because Flash doesn't have a bones system. Some exports fine but if they improve this/integrate it more I think everyone using Flash will also use Anime Studio as the combination would me unbelievable.