We were first introduced to Toonboom's products back in June 2006, and attended a training session organized by Joel Kuwahara of Film Roman. It was a two-week part-time course and we touched lightly upon every feature of Toonboom SOLO (which then became DIGITAL PRO).
We were impressed with Toonboom SOLO but we didn't make the switch from Flash to Toonboom at the time because we had already started production on an animated feature (Los Campeones De La Lucha Libre) using Flash. What an experience that was, and it pushed us towards finding a more reliable all-inclusive animator-friendly program to serve our needs...
In 2008, we travelled to Montreal to meet with Toonboom and received hands-on training in DIGITAL PRO for an intensive 3-4 days.
This year we are making the big switch. ANIMATE appears to be a more streamlined, lighter, simpler and cleaner version of DIGITAL PRO. It is also more affordably, in the same price range as FLASH. Much easier to use, less clunky. Yes, there is a learning curve when switching from Flash - both thrilling and frustrating but ultimately, rewarding. This blog is a place to record and share parts of our working process. Feel free to leave comments with your experiences, questions and answers!