announced on Friday that version 2.0 of their interactive storytelling application
Comixware, which generates comic book-like animated films, is now available. The new edition adds compatibility with Mac OS X as well as a host of new features.
Comixware now allows you to input and edit media files in QuickTime, AVI, SWF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, PICT, PSD, TIFF, TGA, MP3, AIF, WAV, and AU formats. It can also generate thumbnails of those files and display them in the asset library. And when you save your final film, you can password-protect it or include an administrative ID so that others can collaborate with you online.
Other new features in Comixware 2.0 include the ability to redefine scene lengths, the ability to select a group of scenes or objects to edit at the same time, and the addition of cut, copy, paste, and insert functions in the Compose section.
In addition to being Mac OS X native, Comixware still runs in OS 8.x through 9.x. Other system requirements call for a G3 400MHz or faster processor (G4 700MHz recommended), a 16MB video card driving a monitor capable of 32-bit colors at 800 x 600 resolution, 64MB (128MB recommended) RAM, 100MB of hard drive space, QuickTime 6.0 and OpenGL 1.1.2.
Pricing is US$39.99 if you want to just download the software or $49.99 if you want it on CD. If you order before April 2, however, you’ll receive a $10 discount. Comixware 2.0 is currently available only from the Yi.magination Web site, but the CD version should hit retail channels in mid-2004.