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Adobe Unveils Web Animation Tool

Adobe Systems Inc. Monday released a new Web graphics and animation tool for professional Web designers and developers.

LiveMotion has been rolled out following a strong buzz from the introduction of the public beta on the Adobe Web site in March. More than 360,000 Web designers and developers have downloaded the beta software. LiveMotion won the Best of Show Award in the Web Design Software category at Spring Internet World 2000 in Los Angeles last month.

With LiveMotion, users have the ability to draw or import vector images, animate an object's attributes directly within the object-based timeline, use named labels to cue events and assign interactive behaviors to individual objects.

LiveMotion works with time-based rather than frame-based animation, and it supports native layered Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files. Additionally, LiveMotion offers extreme flexibility by offering output options to a wide range of graphics formats, including GIF, JPEG, PNG, Photoshop and the popular SWF format.

"It is a tremendous timesaver for our digital animation production staff, enabling us to work seamlessly with other Adobe products for Web design. LiveMotion is going to help take Web animation to another level," Stephen Brain, executive vice-president of production for Stan Lee Media.

Adobe LiveMotion 1.0 is available immediately in the U.S. and Canada for an estimated street price of U.S. $299.