PowerProduction Software has released version 4 of StoryBoard Artist, the company’s professional application for creating storyboards for film, animation, commercials, games and more. New features in this upgrade include pan and zoom, which allows users to create animatic-style storyboards complete with intra-frame pans, tilts and zooms; the ability to import a script and break it down into its basic components; the ability to link different media for use with such non-linear projects as games and DVDs; and more. Users can also export animatic-style storyboards in various formats compatible with Final Cut Pro and other digital video editing software.
The full version of StoryBoard Artist 4 is US$799, with upgrades from previous versions available for $299. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2, 128MB RAM, 1.2GB hard drive space, a 24-bit display running 1024 x 768 resolution and QuickTime 6. PowerProduction also offers a variety of character and prop add-on packs for $49.99 each.