Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hey Comic Artists! MANGA STUDIO 5 EX Has Arrived!


Smith Micro’s Manga Studio 5 EX Comic Software Now Available
San Diego Comic-Con Attendees to Get First Look at Newest Version of Industry-Leading Comic and Manga Software

Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics group today announced the availability of Manga Studio 5 EX, the newest version of its industry-leading comic and manga creation software, which will be available for viewing at San Diego Comic-Con (July 18-21) at booth #4437. Geared for advanced artists and illustrators, Manga Studio 5 EX offers an all-in-one solution for drawing, laying out, illustrating and publishing manga and comic-style art. Equipped with new features such as multiple-page story layouts, advanced text settings and backwards file compatibility, Manga Studio 5 EX adds power and flexibility to the design process.

“Manga Studio 5 EX allows comic illustrators and manga artists to produce professional level art from start to finish,” said Fahim Niaz, senior product manager for Smith Micro Software. “With an extensive toolset for customizable coloring, text and shading, as well as simple importing and exporting features, Manga Studio has become the standard for comic and manga creation.  The newest EX version of the software provides even greater control and convenience to streamline the creative process.”

“It is our goal to provide the best tools to anime and manga illustrators and production teams,” says Shinya Nozaki, president at Celsys, Smith Micro’s partner company for Manga Studio and the creators of illustration software including Comic Studio. “Manga Studio is a globally-renowned software application and we are pleased to equip users with the latest EX version of the software.”

“Manga Studio 5 EX is the perfect tool for professional illustrators looking to increase their volume of artwork while cutting production time,” said Dave Gibbons, renowned comic illustrator and creator, whose credits include “Watchmen” and his newest series “The Secret Service.” “Manga Studio offers a nice variety of painting, shading and brush tools as well as built-in special effects and complete control of page layouts and text settings. Together, these tools ensure the best drawing and painting experience!”
Comic-Con Events

Smith Micro will be demoing Manga Studio 5 EX at San Diego Comic-Con, July 18-21, at booth #4437. In addition to getting a first look of the Manga Studio software at the booth, attendees will have the opportunity to watch award-winning artist Victor Paredes demo Smith Micro’s 2D animation software, Anime Studio. Smith Micro will also be giving away free t-shirts for MotionArtist; its software program designed for adding motion to comic creations and creating interactive HTML5 presentations and animated photo shows. Additionally, visitors have the chance to win printed superhero masks and limited edition “Axe Cop” posters created by Manga Studio artist and Axe Cop creator, Ethan Nicolle.

Manga Studio 5 EX New Features

Manga Studio 5 EX includes all of the powerful features from Manga Studio 5, as well as new tools for advanced users:
  • Multiple-page story layouts - With Manga Studio 5 EX’s added ability to build multiple-page stories and projects, artists are able to streamline their creative process and conveniently access their story files in one area.
  • Advanced text settings - Text tools have been updated to include adjustments to spacing, mixing of fonts, anti-aliasing and more.
  • Backwards file compatibility - Manga Studio 5 EX provides users with backwards file compatibility with the Debut and EX versions of Manga Studio 4 for easy importing of previously drawn art and projects.

To learn more about Manga Studio 5 EX and see a full feature listing now, visit www.smithmicro.com/manga. For more information regarding San Diego Comic-Con visit here.

Pricing and Availability:
Manga Studio 5 EX is available for immediate purchase for $299.99. Previous owners of Manga Studio 4 and 5 will also receive upgrade pricing to Manga Studio 5 EX. Manga Studio 4 Debut and EX users will be able to upgrade at $149.99 and Manga Studio 5 owners will be able to upgrade at $99.99. For more detailed product, pricing and upgrade information, please visit the Manga Studio website.

About Smith Micro Software, Inc. - Productivity and Graphics Group:
Based in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Smith Micro Software Productivity and Graphics group produces award-winning software that inspires consumer creativity and enables efficiency. The group’s creative suite of programs provides artists of all skill levels – from novice to professional – with the tools to illustrate, animate and create 2D and 3D art. Some of the Productivity and Graphics group’s award-winning creative and utilities products include Poser, Anime Studio, Manga Studio and StuffIt. For more information, please visit: www.smithmicro.com.

About Celsys
CELSYS, Inc. was founded in May, 1991. We are offering a variety of creation tools including "ILLUST STUDIO" for illustration, "COMIC STUDIO" for manga, and "RETAS STUDIO" for anime. We are also managing the creator support business, which operates "CLIP" service to provide total support for creator's activities, and the e-book support business, which provides solutions for digital book distribution to various platforms including mobile phones. Our goal is to become the total solution provider who can support creation and browse of graphical content such as manga and anime, digital content distribution, and communication through content through innovative technologies. For more information, please visit: http://www.celsys.co.jp/.

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