Major Upgrade Introduces Advanced Text Engine, OpenGL Support,and New Visual Effects Tools
SAN JOSE, Calif. —(NASDAQ: ADBE) — Adobe SystemsIncorporated announced Adobe After Effects 6.0, an extensive upgrade ofits award-winning motion graphics and visual effects software. Thismajor release integrates a revolutionary new text engine for creatingunique and compelling typographic animations. Available for Windows andMac OS X, Adobe After Effects 6.0 helps professionals meet toughproduction challenges by increasing productivity with features such asOpenGL support, and other major performance improvements. Additionaladvances include integrated vector paint, a new motion tracker, keyingtools and scripting support.
The new text capabilities in After Effects 6.0 allow users to type,edit and format text directly in the Composition window, providingimmediate results. With accuracy and efficiency, After Effects userscan edit and format text from imported Photoshop files and can animatecharacters, ranges of characters, words or lines, independently withina single text layer. The advanced text engine allows designers tocontrol the animation of text in new ways, resulting in even moreaudience-grabbing title sequences.
Performance optimizations including support for OpenGL, across-platform standard for accelerating rendering of 2D and 3Dgraphics, dramatically improve the speed and interactivity of on-screenrendering in After Effects 6.0. In addition to improved multiprocessorsupport and rendering optimizations, After Effects 6.0 Professionaledition provides an extremely fast and accurate motion tracker. Newvector paint tools, based on Adobe Photoshop technology, allowprofessionals to enhance projects by painting on any layer, retouchingfootage and creating mattes. The Clone Stamp tool allows After Effectsusers to clone across a sequence of frames over time. After Effects 6.0Professional edition also includes Keylight, an Academy Award-winningkeying technology from The Foundry.
“After Effects 6.0 is having a tremendous positive impact on ourcreativity and production workflow. From OpenGL Acceleration tocreative tools like the new vector paint engine, this new version ofAfter Effects boils down to more time and more money,” said ScottBryant, creative director for STEAM, a creative group in Santa Monica,California specializing in post-production and design. “With AfterEffects 6.0, I can spend more time being creative and spend less timewaiting for my computer to think.”
Adobe After Effects 6.0 comes in two editions, Professional andStandard. After Effects Professional edition is designed for demandingproduction environments. It combines 2D and 3D compositing, animationand effects tools from the Standard edition with advanced featuresincluding: motion tracking and stabilization controls; additionalkeying tools; over 30 additional effects; and render automation usingscripting and 16-bit per channel color support. The After EffectsProfessional edition also includes several third party plug-ins,including 3D Assistants Lite from Digital Anarchy and ZaxwerksInvigorator Classic. For businesses that don’t require these additionalfeatures, a Standard edition with the core set of motion graphics andvisual effects tools is also available.
Adobe After Effects 6.0 includes tighter integration with AdobePremiere® Pro and Photoshop® and is offered as a standaloneapplication or as part of the new Adobe Video Collection announcedtoday. (See separate release).
Pricing and Availability
Adobe After Effects for Mac OS X 10.2.6, Microsoft Windows 2000 andWindows XP is expected to ship in the U.S. and Canada by the end ofAugust 2003. After Effects 6.0 will be available for an estimatedstreet price of US$699 for the Standard edition and an estimated streetprice of US$999 for the Professional Edition. Registered users of theStandard edition can upgrade to After Effects 6.0 for an estimatedstreet price of US$199. Registered users of the Professional editioncan upgrade to After Effects 6.0 for an estimated street price ofUS$299. Owners of previous versions of the Standard edition can upgradeto the Professional edition for an estimated street price of US$499.Both versions will be available through Adobe’s licensing and educationprograms.
The Zaxwerks Invigorator Classic plug-in is not available in theeducation and upgrade versions of the Adobe After Effects 6.0Professional edition.
Information about the availability of other language versions ofAdobe After Effects 6.0, as well as other details on pricing andsupport policies, is available online at www.adobe.com/aftereffects.For more information, customers in North America can call1-888-724-4507.
About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Founded in 1982, Adobe Systems Incorporated (www.adobe.com), the leader in networkpublishing, offers a comprehensive line of software for enterprise andcreative professional customers. Its products enable customers tocreate, manage and deliver visually rich, compelling and reliablecontent. Based in San Jose, Calif., Adobe is one of the world’s largestsoftware companies.