Lost Marble has recently released Moho 4.0.1, a new version of their 2D vector-based cartoon animation software. Moho is available for Mac OS X 10.2, “Jaguar,” as well as various flavors of Windows.
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Moho is designed to enable artists to create animated cartoons, and includes drawing and color tools as well as keyframe animation tools, multi-layer compositing and more. It can render out to QuickTime and AVI movie files, and is suitable for video, film, or streaming Web animation, according to its developers. Vector-based illustration is supported by Moho, and it includes manipulators for controlling skeletons — useful if you’re working with characters. Text is manipulated the same way as other primitive objects, so you can use Moho for titling and text deformation.
Moho came by way of BeOS and been around for Mac OS X since version 2.6, which was released last year. The software can export to Macromedia Flash (SWF) format, and it can import files from Adobe Illustrator 8 and EPS.
Major changes to Moho 4.0 include an improved interface, graphical animation curves, bone constraints, batch rendering, audio support, context-sensitive info panel, more animatable parameters, flexible animation cycling, object naming, keyframe scaling, resizeable projects, and more. Also, since 4.0’s initial release there’s been a 4.0.1 update which makes several small refinements and fixes some minor bugs.
Available for download as a free trial version, Moho costs US$99 to register. Upgrades from previous versions cost $19.