The Smith Micro Software Productivity and Graphics Group has released Anime Studio Debut 8, an animation program that delivers multiple features.

Anime Studio Debut 8 offers a new Automatic Image Tracing feature that converts any paper drawing into ready-to-animate vector art in one click. The built-in Character Wizard feature allows for fast character creation, enabling any user to create an animation.

Novice artists can also use the Beginner’s Mode, a tool that guides first-time animators through key tools and techniques with short video tutorials, roll-over instructions, and a streamlined interface. For a complete listing of features and benefits, go to .

Anime Studio Debut 8 is valued at US$49.99 and is available directly at and from popular resellers, catalogs, and distribution partners worldwide. Current Anime Studio Debut users can upgrade to Anime Studio Debut 8 for $19.99. Users can also upgrade to Anime Studio Pro 8 for $129.99 at .