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CTP Pro Cartoon Animation Software 3.0 Now Available

CTP 3.0, the cartoon animation software for Windows, has been released today.

Press Release by Crater Software

CTP is software specifically designed for broadcast and film quality animated series production. To run CTP, just a standard Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, a simple scanner and a graphics tablet are needed to produce animated series in broadcast-, high-definition- or film resolutions.

The new features in CTP 3.0 are:

Standardized Color Palettes

Color palettes are often used by artists to get constant color values in the ink & paint process of cel animation. CTP has always supported color models through the use of user definable color palettes, the so-called Color Model Archives (CMA). In addition to user definable color palettes, the CTP Pro HD, CTP Pro SD and CTP Paint versions now also support a series of pre-defined and widely standardized color palettes, such as RGB or RAL. The standardized color palettes put all colors of a single palette in an easy to use scrollable window, providing all the necessary information to select a color by its name, number, HEX value or its appearance.

Mouse wheel scrolling and zooming in Exposure Sheet and Storage Sheet CTP now supports mouse wheel scrolling and zooming in the Exposure Sheet and the Storage Sheet. It is possible to scroll vertically, horizontally and zoom in or out, depending on which additional key on the keyboard is being pushed and held while scrolling the mouse wheel.

Variable row size and font size for Exposure Sheet and Storage Sheet CTP now supports variable sizes for rows on the Exposure Sheet and variable font size on Exposure Sheet and Storage Sheet. Activating the variable row size on the Exposure Sheet allows to resize the row, making it smaller or larger. In order to change the font size on the Exposure and Storage Sheets, set the font size to "small", "medium" or "large". It is also possible to show the complete cell name without wordwrap, should the length of the cell name exceed the cell width.

Hotkey support for camera graph parameters Hotkey support for the camera graph parameters Pan, Zoom, Blur, Rotation and Opacity has been added. Once one of these parameters is active, it is easy to step clockwise by pushing the TAB key on the keyboard. It is possible to step counter clockwise by holding the SHIFT key while pushing the TAB key at the same time.

Either direction will always be performed in an infinite loop.

More presets for 4k and 8k high definition resolutions More 4k and 8k High Definition and Super High Definition presets have been added to the Output Format selector of CTP Pro HD. CTP Pro HD supports any resolution up to 8182 x 8192. Also, it is possible to set up any frame rate up to 99 frames per second. This allows to benefit from any existing frame setting or frame setting to come in the future as more High Definition standards are being introduced. CTP Pro HD users will now find a selection of the most popular 4k resolutions for immediate use. Last but not least, we have also added Super Hi-Vision, developped by NHK Japan, which is an 8k resolution (7680 x 4320 pixels).

New import selector for image and video files When importing image or video files into the Storage Sheet of CTP, users may find it useful to now have the new import selector at hand, which will allow to preselect a specific file format for CTP to look after and exclusively display for faster and easier browsing in the image and movie data stored at any place on the hard drive or in any other folder on the network.

Import and export of Toonz TZU and TZP files CTP now is capable to import and export Toonz 4.2 files in the TZU and TZP format, which have been compressed with LZW. This allows to exchange image data between CTP and Toonz 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 and 4.6.                                                          

CTP 3.0 ships immediately. Pricing ranges between USD 199.00 and USD 699.00, depending on the version. CTP Pro HD is also available at special educational pricing for pupils, students, teachers, schools and universities.