Re: I Agree...

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Posted by Dave B on March 04, 2000 at 21:50:48:

In Reply to: Re: I Agree... posted by Still remaining anonymous on March 04, 2000 at 07:43:48:

: I hate to say it, but honestly I don't advocate buying an ink & paint software for personal use ... unless you have serious prospects for making it pay for itself. It's too expensive and time-consuming to be a hobby. If you want to develop experience for the industry, it would probably be cheaper to enroll in some training classes.

: (Keep in mind you're talking to an old animation purist here, who believes in old industry quality standards).

: I did, however, see a nice program across from the StarToons booth (#11) - called CTS or CSG or something - comes out of Montreal. I am interested in it for its logical organization and for its ability to output to many different formats.

: I think it's becoming evident as the industrial dust settles, that ToonBoom's USAnimation system is establishing itself as the best ink & paint system. Besides being a storage saver (vector-based), it is logically set up from the animator's stand-point, so that the animator can remain a part of the creative process even AFTER his drawings are scanned. With AXA and Animo, you need to UN-learn everything about animation and remold your thinking process to suit their progressive (=counterproductive) programming - or else hire a bunch of geeks to take over that part of the process and leave artistic interpretation to them.

God!!!! That is so dead on. At Warners we have an adapted version of Animo running on NT as well as the regular NexT versions. It is so fricken complicated in NT that it obviously has nothing to do with pencil testing. I think it's just an adapted storyboard tester. The NexT versions run ok but the underpowered processors are obvious. You cannot run more than one level at a time at speed. Many people just want a half decent pencil tester that they can just down load to tape. As we convert over to the new NT system I can see that those without computer knowledge will struggle.
Right now I have a Video Lunchbox for myself but I'm interested in that software (CTS or whatever). If you find out the name or a website please post it. Thanks.

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