Toon Boom Animation (http://www.toonboom.com) has released Storyboard 2, an update of the , a new version that the company says infuses more power and flexibility into the idea creation, development and visualization process.
New feature highlights include:
° Content creation tools: an extended set of tools and tool properties; the creation and reuse of brushes with specific settings; creation of custom brushes using a stroke or a series of strokes; setting of separate colors for Brush, Pencil and Paint tools; selection of strokes based on the current color selection; extended rich text support for captions; and the addition of sketch captions on a panel-by-panel basis.
° Input/output capabilities: Final Draft 8 support; customization of the PDF export on a panel-by-panel basis; improved PDF Export with Analyze functionality; extended export to Final Cut Pro through XML; Final Cut Pro conformation (import/export); and the ability to assemble a storyboard project from scanned images.
° Storyboarding capabilities: creation of new panels using all or only specific layers of currently selected panels; tracking of changes made to panels; naming convention improvements; and safe locking of panel names
° Animatic capabilities: camera movements across panels; optimized playback; real-time transitions; and a thumbnails playback option.
° User interface improvements: full scene anti-aliasing support (smoother drawing); enhanced support of both horizontal and vertical layer displays; layer transparency; customizable workspaces; and Save As and Auto-Save capabilities
You can buy Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 2 now at the special aunch price of US$799.99, valid until Aug. 18. Toon Boom is also introducing a 12-month rental option at $299.99. Upgrades can be purchased at $449.99.