Magazine article Technology & Learning

Product: Toon Boom Studio 6.0, Flip Boom Classic 5.0, Flip Boom All-Star 1.0

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Product: Toon Boom Studio 6.0, Flip Boom Classic 5.0, Flip Boom All-Star 1.0

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www.toonboom.com * Retail price: Flip Boom Classic starts at $40; Flip Boom All-Star starts at $70; Toon Boom Studio starts at $150.

Toon Boom Animation has expanded on and improved its selection of animation software with the addition of Flip Boom All-Star and features that are more advanced in Toon Boom Studio.

QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS: There are three products in this collection:

* FLIP BOOM CLASSIC is easy enough to be used by younger students, yet it provides all the tools they need to make very simple animated films. The drawing tools consist simply of a brush, a fill tool, and an eraser. Version 5.0 includes more than 75 new templates and a library of more than 100 sounds organized by theme.

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* FLIP BOOM ALL-STAR is the newest addition to the Toon Boom lineup, and it provides more features for upper elementary and secondary students. As with Flip Boom Classic, the user interface resembles those of other familiar drawing programs, since there are standard draw-and-paint tools to the left of the drawing space, but this program includes a brush, a pencil, a paint can, rectangle, ellipse, straight line, and text. Users can import more than 1,000 digital pictures; drag and drop animation-ready drawings from the extensive clip-art library; and create original drawings.

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* TOON BOOM STUDIO is probably most appropriate for high school students and hobbyists, as it is the most sophisticated of the three programs, featuring the most-professional tools and the greatest number of publishing options. …

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