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Complete Animator (S/H)

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Product Title: Complete Animator (S/H)
Manufacturer/Publisher: Iota Software
Stock Code: IOT-COMA
QuickCode: 14899
Format: Acorn 3.5
Product Group: Art and drawing software: 3-D Modelling & Animation
Condition: Used
Availability: Usually available from stock

The Complete Animator provides a quick and easy way to produce your own on-screen animations. It is an ideal way to learn about computers and the world of multimedia, yet is powerful enough for serious resource authoring.

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Use Animator Files in Your Own Programs!

* Comprehensive built-in painting tools
* Add your own sound effects to your animations
* Ghostings/Onion skinning feature
* Add backgrounds to your animations
* Pre-defined stamps (and the facility to add your own)
* Saves out in multiple formats
* Presentation options include stopping, pausing and fading between frames
* Built-in compression of graphics and sound
* Import and animate your existing graphics
* Full on-screen editing facilities
* Add text
* Rotoscoping facility
* Print animations as a flip-book
* Comes with "How to" video guide to animation, storyboard sheets and a user guide full of animation ideas.

The Complete Animator

"The animation program PC users have been waiting for for a long time ... Highly recommended" - PC Format magazine, December 1995. "PCF Rating 92%"
"Has real quality ... very useful and surprisingly powerful ... very good value indeed" - Computer Shopper magazine, December 1995

"Definitely deserves an Oscar" - Acorn User magazine, November 1994


Animation's always been terrific fun. But producing an animation has traditionally involved an awful lot of sheer slog and drudgery before any results can be seen, and only the most dedicated and patient people have ever really seen animation as a rewarding hobby.

Bring in a computer, on the other hand, and you can eliminate all the sweat, hassle, and tracing paper. With The Complete Animator, animation becomes easy and rewarding for everyone... it's like we've invented a whole new art form, even though all we've really done is make it easy for the first time.

You don't even have to be able to draw (though I guess it does help); the frames you draw will only be visible for a split second each, so you can get away with a lot as long as you produce a compelling sense of motion and activity. Remember the TV cartoon series Roobarb and Custard? Nothing much on that ever looked like anything, but because the movement was so fluid and natural, everyone remembers it as good animation.

The Software

The Complete Animator has a set of painting tools built in, for you to draw the frames of your animation with. You've all seen sets of painting tools before, but, I have to say, this is quite a good set of painting tools, so much so that I often use Animator for graphics work even if it won't be animated.

To make your animation as smooth as professional animators do, you'll need to use the techniques they use - so Animator includes on-screen equivalents of the tools of their trade. In particular, when drawing a sequence of frames, an animator would draw the first and last frames on thin paper, then stack them under a new piece of paper on top of a lightbox (a glass table with a light in), in order to see, through the paper, just how the frame in between should be drawn. Animator gives you a "lightbox" or "ghosting" mode, in which the previous and next frames of your film are shown, faded, "behind" the one you're currently working on. All the painting tools work as normal when in ghosting mode - they ignore the ghosts; only you can see them.

If you want to impress people even more, you can add sound effects to your animation. Animator comes with a collection of noises for any occasion, and it can use any sound sample you already have. You can even sample new sounds directly into Animator if you've got sampling hardware.

Once you've finished your animation, you can save it in formats understood by almost any multimedia package - or you can even print it out as a flick-book, with all the crop-marks ready printed!

You can even use Animator to produce animated Web content!

Importing graphics: Complete Animator can import sprites, Draw files, and Artworks files.
Exporting films: Complete Animator can export sprites, Ace Films, and Replay files.
Sound effects: Complete Animator can load any Armadeus file.
Sound samplers: Complete Animator works with the Oak Recorder, SEMERC's sampler, and VTi's Sonor.

Any Acorn computer, including StrongARM based computers, with Risc OS 2, 3.1, 3.5, 3.6, or 3.7; 2Mb of RAM or more; a hard disc is handy but not essential.

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