Totally Hip Software Inc. announced that it is shipping WebPainter 1.0 for the Macintosh, an easy-to-use, affordable, cel-based animation program for creating animation and graphics for Web pages or corporate Intranets. With a three-month on-line introductory price of $49.95 US/ $65 CDN and a packaged list price of $99 US/ $135 CDN, WebPainter allows users to easily create animated GIF, QuickTime movies, Java animations, and Sizzler files to spice up Web pages. A Windows version will be available in the fall of 1996.
"WebPainter's popularity was quickly established during our public beta period where over 100,000 copies were downloaded from our Web site," said Randall McCallum, chairman and chief executive officer of Totally Hip. "We added the features most frequently requested by Web designers and WebMasters, making WebPainter very complementary to Web page authoring tools such as Adobe Pagemill, Claris HomePage and Netscape Navigator Gold, as well as high-end graphic design tools like Adobe Photoshop."
"WebPainter is an essential component of a Mac WebMasters tool belt," Paul Kent, president, Mactivity Inc. "The ease of use and flexibility in output file types makes it an ideal choice for adding moving graphics to Web pages."
WebPainter is designed to be easy enough for a beginner, yet powerful and flexible enough for even the most experienced Web designer. For Web artists, WebPainter adds an indispensable assortment of animation tools typically found in expensive, high-end packages, such as Macromedia's Director. WebPainter is ideal for creating static GIF images and can also export a variety of Web-savvy formats. WebPainter 1.0 for Macintosh includes the following features and benefits:
Powerful animation tools including onion-skinning, foreground/background layering, and a cel strip view for easy sequencing of cels within an animation comprehensive set of painting tools: shape tools, spray can, brushes, smudging, magic wand, selection tools, support for multiple bit depths and more support for pressure-sensitive painting with a WACOM ArtPad tablet library of pre-designed animated clip-art and banners interactivity: users create interactive animation by branching to any URL on the Web full support for GIF images: interlaced, transparent and animated GIF HTML tag automatically generated in WebPainter to easily paste into a HTML page. No HTML programming knowledge needed. P.2/ Totally Hip Software Ships WebPainter 1.0 for Macintosh compatible with popular Web page authoring tools, multimedia design tools and CD-ROM authoring tools such as Macromedia Director Sizzler plug-in and converter tool with sound support: allows users to add sound and then play stream-based animation files within all popular Web browsers Animation Statistics Previewer: preview animation at 14.4, 28.8 Kbps or ISDN rates before applying the animation to a Web page. export to the most popular Web animation formats: animated GIF, multiple GIF, PICT, PICS, QuickTime movies, QuickTime sprites as well as Sizzler ActiveX control, Sizzler plug-in for Netscape Navigator, Sizzler Java Applet, Sizzler Live Object for OpenDoc technologies such as Cyberdog. import graphics and content. Import QuickTime movies, PICT, PICS and GIF file formats and edit within WebPainter support all major browsers with compatible animation file formats for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 3.0, Apple's Cyberdog, Netscape Navigator or any Java-enabled browser
WebPainter 1.0 for Macintosh packaged version has a list price of $99 US. The product will also be offered in an on-line version with a three-month introductory price of $49.95 US.
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