Toon Boom Aims to Get Kids Animated

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Toon Boom Animation, a developer of 2D animation technologies, including Toon Boom Studio, this week released Flip Boom, a new animation program aimed specifically at kids. The software is based on traditional 2D animation principles, focused on teaching the principles of timing and motion in the animation process.

Unlike the professional-level Toon Boom Studio, which is used extensively in animation programs in higher education, Flip Boom is aimed squarely at young animators, with an interface reminiscent of educational games and simple, straightforward drawing and animation tools. For drawing, it includes a brush, paint bucket, and eraser tool, along with options for adjusting the brush and colors. For animation, it includes a frame-based timeline, various playback controls, and an onionskinning feature for viewing previous and next frames in an animation overlaid on the current frame.

Flip Boom is available now for Mac OS X and Windows XP and Vista for an introductory price of $29.99. (The regular price is $39.99.) The software is available only as an electronic download, and a trial version is also available.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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