Toon Boom Harmony 16 Now Available
Montreal, Canada - November 06, 2018
New feature additions support pipeline integration for increased efficiency and productivity
Toon Boom Animation unveils the latest version of its world-renowned animation software, Harmony. Delivering innovative enhancements to support 2D cut-out and traditional paperless animation styles, Harmony 16 has evolved to address a broad range of requirements for a diverse community of animators working in TV, film, advertising and gaming. Unmatched in power and control, Harmony continues to be the most trusted tool for studios, freelancers, schools and students alike.
“Working alongside our talented community of studios and animators, the team focused on additions that had the most impact on pipeline integration and productivity”, said Marc-André Bouvier-Pelletier, Harmony Product Manager. “The depth and flexibility of the new features help our customers achieve their creative goals more efficiently via a set of meaningful tools that reduce manual work and that streamline the animation process.”
Feature Highlights for Professional and Aspiring Animators, Compositors, Riggers and Background Artists
New and Enhanced Onion Skinning Features
Intuitive enhancements to the Onion Skin feature in Harmony allow animators to work faster: In the new Onion Skin view, all the tools are now consolidated into one window for quick access. In addition, new built-in sliders provide improved control over opacity levels. Expedite the task of manually editing a prop, character or pose over multiple frames using the new Animate Onion Skin Range and apply changes to multiple frames using the Apply to Onion Skin Range.
New Master Controller Enhancements
Usability improvements have been made to Master Controllers, making it easier for riggers and artists to adopt these time-saving tools. The pre-packaged Master Controller Setup Wizards allows for the creation of Master Controllers without the burden of scripting. In the new Master Controller View, any master controllers applied to a character are automatically displayed in the view, removing the need to manually search in the Node View.
New Features to Inspire Creativity and Facilitate Compositing Tasks
New features have been added to inspire creativity; notable additions include the Shake Node to simulate a natural looking camera shake and Export to GIF to transform scenes into animated GIFs. Transform or tile a background into an infinite looping pan avoiding the need to copy and paste keyframes using the new Transform Loop and Tile Options. In addition, improved 2D-3D integration eliminates the need to depend on third-party 3D software to render 3D models into 2D for use in Harmony.
Enhanced Drawing Substitutions and Deformers
In the new Drawing Substitutions View, all drawings for a selected layer are now conveniently displayed as thumbnails. In addition, animators can quickly view all available substitutions, zoom in/out and view in a new window to resize or display more thumbnails. Animators can now easily modify deformers in a single move by selecting multiple points on a Curve or Envelope deformer for precise positioning significantly reducing manual efforts.
Enhanced Product Performance
For customers using Harmony Server, scenes can now be accessed from a local cache, significantly reducing latency which is especially attractive for small studios that don't have large network infrastructures. In addition, Harmony 16 sees significant interactive rendering speed improvements as it can now isolate props that have been modified without having to re-render the entire scene.
Visit What’s New in Harmony 16 for an in-depth review of all the new features and product enhancements.
About Pricing and Availability
Harmony 16 is available today in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.
Get the free 21-day trial at www.toonboom.com/products/harmony/try
All pricing, licensing and purchase information can be found at www.toonboom.com/products/harmony/pricing
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About Toon Boom Animation, Inc.
Toon Boom Animation Inc's award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Toon Boom solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Disney Television Animation, Amazon, Fox Television Animation, Nelvana, Ubisoft, Toei Animation, The SPA Studios, Xilam and Boulder Media. For more information, visit: toonboom.com.
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