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Animation Software Anime Studio 8.1 and Bamboo Tablet Capture Review

Have you ever wanted to create your own cartoon or put together a commercial or animate a picture you’ve drawn? Well now you can make that possible with the Animation software Anime Studio 8.1 easy to learn and operate for beginners like me or graphic and animation specialist like my son and his girlfriend. Graphic Design and Cartoon artistry has certainly changed over the years and now there’s a whole new way to animate photo’s and video’s with Animation Software Anime Studio 8.1. The very first of it’s kind Anime Studio uses finger gestures on Bamboo Multi-Touch tablets with a special upgrade to Anime Studio 8.1.  The Anime Studio 8.1 update includes over 30 new features, performance enhancements and integrated user feedback. You’ll learn to create 2D movies, cartoons and cut out animations.

Multi-touch is an exciting new way for digital artists and animators to speed up design time and make the entire process smoother. The solution lets anyone use simple finger taps and finger gestures to create and adjust characters, objects and scenes, zoom in and out of the canvas, drag and drop, rotate and scale and much more. Multi-touch technology even senses input from more than one finger at a time, making it possible to use intuitive multi-finger motions to perform common commands.

The My Smith Micro site offers great Anime Studio tutorials on how to get started and there are so many talented people on youtube who will show you everything from animated characters to drawing in eyebrows. Really incredible the amount of things you can find to help you get started into drawing and creating your own characters in Anime Studio 8. I worked on it for several hours and have come to the conclusion that this program is really endless in the possibilities that you can create.  I loved how even just a little bit of reading the tutorial and a short video “how to” video  can get you started and you’ll be on your way to impressing your self with your very own creations made with Anime Studio.

A Word from Sr. Director, Productivity & Graphics, Consumer Division of Smith Micro Software Steve Yatson,
“Over the past few years, the iPhone and multi-touch finger gestures have dramatically changed the way people expect to work with their favorite tools and software. We are thrilled to be the first in the industry to pioneer the use of multi-touch technology to create one-of-a-kind Anime Studio artwork and animations using Wacom tablets.”

Take your animation to the next level with Anime Studio Pro 8.0

Anime Studio Pro is perfect for professionals looking for a more efficient alternative to tedious frame-by-frame animation. With an intuitive interface, a visual content library and powerful features such as a bone rigging system, automatic image tracing, integrated lip-synching, 3D shape design, physics, motion tracking, a character wizard and more, Anime Studio Pro delivers advanced animation tools to speed up your workflow.

Automatic Image Tracing in Anime Studio Pro 8 speeds up production by automatically converting existing artwork and sketches to fully editable vector drawings.  Bring your imagination to life with all the features of Anime studio Pro.  You’ll get all the amazing features of Anime studio 8.1 and so much more.

Below is just one of the many video’s I watched several times to get an idea and see what the Anime Studio 8 is capable of. They are great to watch to get you started with character drawing and animation. Something I know that my eleven year old daughter is really interested in.  She’s already spent some time watching video’s and sharing what photos she’s drawn that she would like to add to the program and how she can animate them to do different things.  I love when she gets so excited about something. It really brings out her personality.  It’s so important to help children express themselves creatively and drawing is a really great outlet that helps her do that and who knows where it could lead to. Maybe she’ll be doing cartoons with Disney in a few years.

Just playing around in the program in the beginners mode I immediately noticed that there is a roll over descriptions and also shares what you have to do in order to activate certain tools. This enables for new users to familiarize them self’s with the program and tools. The tutorials start of really easy and then work their way up to complicated actions within the program. After viewing and mimicking the video while watching very closely you’ll be creating animation within a few steps. I won’t say you’ll be creating cartoons over night because it will take time but you’ll find that the program has a Character wizard with preset characters to chose from and animate. You’ll also find that you are able to change the characteristics of these characters by switching out eye shapes, nose shape, body structure and so on. You be able to view the character from all angles and even set them in motion with a click of a button.

I also saw in one of the video’s that you can import a drawing that you did on paper by scanning and bringing it into the program, color it and animate it. I am really going to work in something like this because I would love to do have my daughter to a drawing for my header image and possibly but together a really unique header that can be customized and personalized by her. The program really offers some great possibilities for new artists as well as established artists and the advanced. Within the Anime Studio 8.1 you’ll find that you are able to add in bone structure to easily animate people or objects. I see is really very clever and it goes all the way down to fingers which I would have to say that is pretty intricate.

Using the Studio Anime 8.1 with the Bamboo tablet offers a really unique way to customize and draw directly into the program and makes it easy to operate tools and switch quickly from drawing to filling in color, layering, adding in other graphics and so on.  The tablet offers fun and creative way to put together artwork that will sure to wow friends and family and offer a really great way to add uniqueness to your creations and pictures. The Bamboo tablet will give you a whole new experience to drawing and creating that you’ll love.

Pricing and Availability:

MSRP for Anime Studio Debut 8 is $49.99 and Anime Studio Pro 8 is $199.99, available at http://www.smithmicro.com/anime. Current users with a valid serial number can download and update their copy of Anime Studio 8 or 8.1 to version 8.2 for free by visiting http://anime.smithmicro.com/updates.html. Users with Anime Studio versions 7 or earlier can upgrade to Anime Studio Debut 8.2 for $19.99 or Anime Studio Pro 8.2 for $129.99 by visiting

Get your Free No worries 30 Day download to check out the program for yourself. You’ll be amazed at the features just like we were. http://anime.smithmicro.com/upgrade.html.

Wacom’s Bamboo Capture ($99.95 USD) and Bamboo Create ($199.95) pen and touch tablets are available at most consumer electronics retailers as well as Amazon and Wacom’s own online store. Visit www.wacom.com/bamboo for more information.

The Wacom Bamboo tablet is a really nice pen and touch tablet great for creative artists or graphic artists.  It comes with a quick start guide, software cd, installation Cd, the tablet and more.  It has a little bit bigger drawing space than what I’m typically used to which is great.  The pen allows you to hand write and it will automatically convert it to text which is really cool. Drawing is actually smoother with the tablet and certainly makes it easier to get articulate with shapes and features when drawing and with the Anime 8 program you’ll find that you can do even more than that. The tablet is pressure censored so that you can change the size of your brush depending on how  hard you press against the tablet.  One thing that I found is by hovering over the top of the tablet you can see where your pen is on the screen.  You’ll notice the really creative pen holder on the side of the tablet which is great for storing and not misplacing your pen.  It has really great touch features like the two finger scroll and a feature that helps to zoom in a lot faster.

Bamboo Capture Features:

  • Edit digital photos and paint and draw with a pen and paper feel
  • Photoshop elements is included as well as AutoDesk sketch express
  • Pressure sensitive pen
  • 4 Express keys for quick short cuts

You’ll just love working with the Bamboo Capture tablet and your photos. Enlarging, cutting, adding to enhance your photos will surely offer a whole new perspective and endless possibilities to photo editing. If you watch the video above imagine using her end result photo of the girl holding the bird and the nest up in the tree and taking it one step further and having the bird fly into the nest and she can blow him a kiss. Although that would be possible by adding the final picture into Anime Studio 8 program. I’m looking forward to wowing my friends and family with creativity and I can’t wait to see what cartoons and video’s my daughter and son both produce.

Disclosure: I received products in order to form an honest opinion and view of programs and software. Thoughts are 100% my own. Information on program and tablet taken from website and pr information provided.

18 Responses to Animation Software Anime Studio 8.1 and Bamboo Tablet Capture Review

  1. Sounds cool!

  2. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith)

    wow this is really nice

  3. I love my Bamboo Capture!

  4. Anne - Mommy Has to Work

    I bet my son would like this!

  5. This looks awesome! My kids would have so much fun with it and I would too! :) Great review.

  6. Nice! This would really be a great giveaway! Nudge, nudge. :)

  7. This is really cool!! Love how the help show you how to do it!!

  8. brenda brookes

    this really sucks! I have drawings done in bamboo that i can’t use in studio 8 debut wtf!!!!!!

  9. This sounds really neat! I want to get a stylus for my ipad so I can draw!

  10. Great review!

  11. Wow, this looks awesome!

  12. How is it that I hadn’t heard of this before? I even have a Wacom drawing pad that’s been setting my my desk drawer for the last year or two. I see they have a free trial so I’ll check it out.

  13. This looks so neat! I would love to have one!

  14. Do you think they will let you have a giveaway?

  15. I would love this for my art room!!

  16. WOW, I would never ever get work done again. I’d be playing all the time.

  17. That is neat!
    I’d love those, it’d be perfect as I’m taking photography at the college.

  18. What? No Giveaway?? UGH!