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Anime Studio 8.1 Customers Can Now Use Multi-Touch Technology on Wacom's Intuos5 Tablets

Mar 08, 2012
Enjoy the Simplicity of Finger Taps and Gestures to More Naturally Create     - One-of-a-Kind 2D Movies     - Cartoons     - Cutout Animations

ALISO VIEJO, CA - March 8, 2012 - Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics Group today announced multi-touch gesture support for Anime Studio 8 customers on Wacom's marquee Intuos line of graphics tablets. The latest in a series of exclusive partnerships with Wacom Americas, Anime Studio Debut is included free of charge as part of Wacom's Bundled Software Download Program for the new Intuos5 pen tablet, released globally on March 1, 2012.

"Our Intuos tablet line is very popular with hobbyists and professional animators because it enables nuanced and natural freehand drawing with all the advantages of a digital workflow," said Scott Rawlings, Wacom's Vice President of Marketing. "Smith Micro has a large and loyal base of Anime Studio users who will love the instinctive workflow offered by multi-touch. It's a natural partnership inspired by our shared desire to free artists from the constraints of traditional animating techniques, so they can focus on creating brilliant artwork and telling their stories."

"Multi-touch is an exciting new way for digital artists and animators to easily create more organic feeling movement and animation," said Steve Yatson, Sr. Director, Productivity & Graphics, Consumer Division of Smith Micro Software. "We've received tremendous feedback from our Anime Studio customer base since announcing multi-touch support for Wacom's Bamboo tablets and we're thrilled to extend that support to its new Intuos5 model."

Multi-touch finger gestures have dramatically changed the way people work with their favorite tools and software. Anyone can use simple finger taps and finger gestures to create and adjust characters, objects and scenes, zoom in and out of the canvas, drag and drop, rotate and scale and much more. Multi-touch technology even senses input from more than one finger at a time, making it possible to use intuitive multi-finger motions to perform common commands.

"I'm a huge fan of Anime Studio because it's incredibly fast and flexible," said Victor Paredes, renowned Anime Studio artist whose animation credits include Nestle, Becker Beer and the Chilean government. "With the addition of multi-touch support and the ability to include multi-touch on your own scripted tools, working in Anime Studio is now faster than ever. It doesn't matter what style of animation you're doing or how the final product should look, Anime Studio fits any style flawlessly."

Check out a new clip from Victor Paredes for St. Patrick's Day created using Anime Studio 8: http://anime.smithmicro.com/page/happy-st-patricks-day-digital-card.html

Anime Studio offers versions for novice and advanced users. The industry's most affordable alternative to time-consuming, frame-by-frame animation, Anime Studio Pro is ideal for professional animators and is equipped with powerful features for producing cartoons and animations for film, video and online media. For first-time animators, hobbyists and digital artists, Anime Studio Debut is a fun, quick and affordable way to create animations and artwork, offering a Beginner's Mode and Character Wizard to help you design your own ready-to-animate characters in minutes.

Pricing and Availability:
The MSRP for Anime Studio Debut 8 is ($49.99 USD) and Anime Studio Pro 8 is ($199.99 USD) at http://www.smithmicro.com/anime.

Intuos5 touch Small ($229.95 USD), Medium ($349.95 USD) and Large ($469.95 USD) pen and touch tablets are available at most consumer electronics retailers as well as Amazon and Wacom's own online store. Visit http://www.wacom.com/intuos for more information.

For Site Licensing and Educational pricing, email sitelicenses@smithmicro.com, or contact Smith Micro at: +1 (831) 768-3612.

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.

Smith Micro Software's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol SMSI. For more information, please visit: www.smithmicro.com.

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