Softpedia Editor's Review for Jasc Animation Shop
Easily add animated buttons, banners and other cool effects to your web site
Written by Elena Opris on May 21st, 2012
The software category that includes image editing is fed up with applications that excel at graphic adjustments, but few of them provide users with the tools for designing animations. If you’re looking for a piece of software that can accomplish both of those tasks, we recommend Jasc Animation Shop.
This software is geared up for editing and enhancing images, as well as creating stunning visual effects, such as animated buttons and banners. It’s mostly addressed to web designers that need to add animations to their websites, while keeping complexity to a minimum.
The quick installation process doesn’t require your intervention, aside from pressing a few ‘Next’ buttons. The interface of Jasc Animation Shop is standard, as the product doesn’t impress through looks, but through the features accessible from its menus.
Two of its most important features are located in the File menu, namely the animation and banner wizards, which guide you through every step of the design. The goodies are located in the ‘Animation menu’, where you can find the functions that allows you to insert frames, flip, mirror or rotate them, resize animation, replace color, set animation properties, insert image effects, text effects or transitions etc.
Other interesting features are accommodated in the ‘Effects’ section, a rich module that comprises the ability to insert transitions and image and text effects inside the animation. Being a graphic editor, Jasc Animation Shop is also equipped with standard editing functions, such as: crop, resize, brush, eraser, color palette, etc.
The support for input image formats is incredibly rich, from PNG, BMP, JPG to Photoshop and Autodesk files, while the result can be saved as GIF, MNG, FLC, FLI, ANI and AVI. Other than this, it’s effective, fun to work with and asks for little resources in exchange for a truly exciting experience.
Jasc Animation Shop description
Here are some key features of "Jasc Animation Shop":
· Animation Wizard
· Banner Wizard
· File Browser
· Paint Brush and Eraser Tools
· Line and Shape Tools
· Text Tool
· Editing Tools
· Onionskin Preview
· Save and Load Workspaces
· Multiple-Level Undo/Redo
· Flood Fill Tool
· Crop Tool
· Registration Mark
· Cull Animation Command
· HTML Code Generation
· Creative Effects and Transitions
· Image Transition
· Image Effects
· Text Effects
· Multi-frame Effects Application
Integration with Paint Shop Pro:
· Convert Layers to Frames
· Export Frames to Multi-layered Image File
· Drag-and-drop Frames
· Preview in Web Browser
· Optimization Wizard
· File Size and Download Time Preview
· Flexible File Format Support
· Print Animations/Frames
· Pentium processor or equivalent
· 75 MB free hard disk space
· 256-color display adapter at 800 x 600 resolution
· 30-day trial
· Nag screen
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Updated Export Frames functionality to support exporting animation frames to Paint Shop Pro 8 for editing.