Corel Painter IX and Toon Boom Studio Give Animators a Powerful Environment for Creating Amazing 'Hand-drawn' Projects

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Corel Corporation and Toon Boom Animation Inc. today announced they are now offering special pricing to customers who purchase both Corel Painter IX and Toon Boom Studio v2.5. Corel Painter IX and Toon Boom Studio are a natural pairing for professional animators, enabling artists to explore their own natural and expressive style, and capture the look of traditional, hand-drawn animation.

Together, Corel Painter IX and Toon Boom Studio enable artists to create hand-drawn animations that simply cannot be made using any other software on the market. Starting in Corel Painter IX, artists create their hand-painted digital art. Using Painter IX animation features – including onion-skinning and frame-rate control – they can preview animations directly within the application. Once the art is completed in Painter IX, it can be saved as individual bitmaps or compiled into QuickTime® movies that are brought into Toon Boom Studio for advanced animation production.

Until May 31, 2005, Corel and Toon Boom are providing these special offers to Toon Boom Studio and Corel Painter IX customers.

When purchasing from Corel at www.corel.com/toonboom, Toon Boom Studio customers will receive a significant savings off the suggested retail price (SRP) of Corel Painter IX.* Pricing details for Toon Boom Studio customers are as follows:

United States – Purchase Corel Painter IX for $329 US full or $179 US upgrade.
Canada – Purchase Corel Painter IX for $479 CAN full or $259 CAN upgrade.
United Kingdom – Purchase Corel Painter IX for £199 full or £74 upgrade.
European Union – Purchase Corel Painter IX for €354 full or €164 upgrade.

When purchasing from Toon Boom at www.toonboom.com/corel, Corel Painter IX customers will receive $95 US off the full SRP of Toon Boom Studio v2.5 and $45 US off the full SRP of Toon Boom Studio Express.*

"I chose Painter because I didn't find anything else that comes this close to the natural feel and look of working with pencil or crayon. The best thing is that when you're finished, you just export, and your animation is in the format you need. I use Painter and Toon Boom Studio together because I like the realistic pencil feel of Painter to do my rough drawing and then the intuitive and uncomplicated workflow in Toon Boom Studio to trace, ink and paint," said Peter Höhsl, Art Director/Animator for CineCartoon in Vienna, Austria.

"Toon Boom Studio and Corel Painter IX come together to build an ideal environment where artists can create stunning animations in their own unique and personal style. Using our software, animators can re-create the look and quality of classic hand-drawn animations, while enjoying all the benefits the digital world has to offer. The end result is amazingly natural, expressive, and spectacular!" said Sean Young, Product Manager for Corel Painter.

"Toon Boom Studio and Corel Painter IX make the perfect package for animators who wish to create photo-realistic images for their rich, eye-catching animations. We are proud to provide the tool that gives artists the chance to unleash their creative potential, making sure the technology is completely transparent throughout the creative process. Examples of this great combination speak for themselves!" said Joan Vogelesang, President and Chief Executive Officer for Toon Boom.

Corel Painter IX is the world's most powerful and enjoyable digital art studio. This highly sophisticated painting and illustration application is designed to capture the intricate nuances of traditional art tools while taking advantage of the incredible power of digital media. It is a must-have software package for animation artists.

Toon Boom Studio is the complete cartoon animation desktop application for creative professionals and schools, featuring powerful drawing tools, time-saving lip sync tools, and innovative 3D camera and scene planning tools. Toon Boom Studio provides ground-breaking tools to unleash an artist's creative potential. With optimized output to SWF and QuickTime formats, animators can easily output their animations to the web, video, wireless, and beyond.

Customers are also welcome to try the free Corel Painter IX academic courseware that's created by professionals for professionals. An excellent resource for students, teachers, and pros, this download explores the power of Corel Painter IX for animation and includes lesson plans, exercise files, and a term project. Download Corel Painter IX academic courseware from www.corel.com/toonboom.

About Corel
Corel Corporation provides innovative software solutions that help millions of value-conscious businesses and consumers in over 75 countries improve their productivity. The Company is renowned for its powerful software portfolio that combines innovative photo editing and graphics creation, vector-illustration, and technical-graphics applications along with office and personal productivity solutions. Corel's flagship products include the CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, the WordPerfect® Office Suite, the Corel Painter Natural-Media® painting and illustration software and the Paint Shop™ Family of digital photography and image-editing software.

Corel was acquired by San Francisco-based Vector Capital in August 2003, and since that time, has re-established growth for its flagship product lines and achieved multiple consecutive quarters of corporate profitability. Founded in 1985, Corel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more information, please www.corel.com.

About Toon Boom Animation Inc.
Building on a decade of great successes, Toon Boom is the world-leading supplier of animation technology. Toon Boom Animation Inc. carries several leading animation products, including Opus, Harmony and Toon Boom Studio. Toon Boom also offers consulting and training services dedicated to increasing animation production efficiency and quality. Harmony, a new solution designed to meet digital and paperless animation production needs, comes with high-tech tools such as morphing, inverse kinematics and glue.

With these great offerings, Toon Boom Animation is well poised to continue delivering quality, efficiency and reliability to the animation community – for all animation styles and formats. Toon Boom's client base ranges from major studios creating Hollywood blockbuster animated films to individual animators creating their first masterpieces. Market-leading studios using Toon Boom's products include Nelvana, Klasky Csupo, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal, Mercury Filmworks, Wild Brain, King Camera, Cromosoma and Lanterna Magica, to name a few. For additional information, visit Toon Boom on the Web at www.toonboom.com.

* Certain terms and conditions apply. See www.corel.com/toonboom and www.toonboom.com/corel for full list of terms and conditions.

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