The #1 comic and manga software worldwide
Manga Studio 5 is your all-in-one solution for stunning, ready-to-publish manga and comics. Quickly and easily create manga and comics with Manga Studio’s drawing tools, filters and special effects. Get started immediately with the intuitive user interface. Draw naturally with a pen tablet and invigorate your artwork using the integrated color features. Express motion and moods with speed lines and focus lines while adding dialog with built-in word balloons. Choose from tons of screen tones and add dimension to your drawings. Manga Studio helps you create professional manga and comics from start to finish!
Excellent Budget Art Software
Pros: Intuitive controls, tool setting defaults are good choices for beginners, excellent getting started manual
Cons: A few tool setting descriptions are useless, fewer canvas and brush options than Corel Painter
Other Thoughts: For a new or journeyman artist with a budget, this is an excellent software choice. Designed in Japan for pro Manga artists, it gives you a wide range of tools. Vector graphics layers give you amazing control and the power to easily correct mistakes in your drawings, and can be rasterized for the full range of paints tools with two mouse clicks. There are a wide range of pen settings and quite a few paint options as well. Version 5.0 will give you an occasional set of instructions in Japanese, but I believe they were all fixed in the 5.0.2 upgrade (free download if your CD is the old version).
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Internet connection required
Pros: It's good innovative software. It's nice to have the computerized screen tones.
Cons: Install needs more than the serial number to activate. If the software does not have an Internet connection for registration then it defaults to a Trial install. The downloadable manual indicated the same thing if the activation server is overloaded. Just hope Windows doesn't have a bad hair day that makes you re-install it at any time when your internet is down.
Other Thoughts: I feel very insecure about the ability to do re-install this when Murphy's Law visits Windows. I believe the software rates a 4 or 5 but then I can't give that to any software that won't install to fully paid for usability without an internet connection.
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