There’s something magical about 2D animation. It exudes a level of artistry that’s not present with the photons and calculations that 3D animation entails. It’s a craft that has captured the imaginations of audiences for over 100 years. There’s been a decline since the mid-Nineties, and now the film industry is producing both animated and live-action movies in 3D. But there’s still a thriving 2D animation industry aimed at television audiences, and for any short-film makers 2D is still more approachable and affordable.
It includes the ability to draw and import scanned drawings, animate frame-by-frame, import and synchronise sound, animate using the Smart Puppet system, set camera moves and work with advanced video effects. New to version 2 is greater inverse kinematics manipulation, the ability to export SWF files with effects, direct import of scanned drawings, improved HD imagine compositing and over 100 performance improvements.