In the great tradition of Toon Boom Studio, when a sale on the previous version is announced it seems that a release of a new version will not be far behind. So when the great sale of Toon Boom Studio 4.5 was announced for only $299, I began to expect that version 5 would not be long in coming.
May has brought those expectations to life, with the announcement of Toon Boom Studio 5.
The biggest addition seems to be the integration of stop-motion animation — no small feat and a welcome feature. You will also be able to digitally remove backgrounds from images, especially useful if you take photographs and import them into the software. If you use a green screen to take those pictures removing the background should be an easy an intuitive process.
For me, this will be my first version of Toon Boom not directly integrated into Quicktime. I hope that the .swf exports can meet expectations.
I’m not entirely sure what this new pirate-themed packaging is all about, but I’m sure the marketing team knows what it’s doing.
If you preorder Toon Boom Studio 5 it will be $79.99 for an upgrade from 4.0 or 4.5, and $329.99 for a full version. If you buy a full version now you’ll be given immediate access to Toon Boom Studio 4.5.