Today’s Post is by Steve Cooper, Sr. Product Manager, Productivity and Graphics

We use “easy” everywhere. It’s in our marketing. It’s in our box copy, and on Poser Debut, it’s even in the tagline. But we realize that no matter how many times we say it, 3D isn’t always easy. In fact, for lots of new users, 3D software can be downright intimidating. … Read More


I’ve always liked the Internet because I feel like it kinda levels the playing field. If you don’t know something, it’s just a search engine entry away. While there are certain things you probably shouldn’t do without a proper education (flying a helicopter comes to mind), most knowledge, like animation, can be ascertained through a… Read More


I’ve always said that everyone should work as a waitress (or in customer service in general) for at least a summer. It teaches at least as many lessons as you can learn in a summer school class and you meet some cool folks.

One lesson I took away from it was that asking for help is a skill. And not everyone is good at everything: I can make a mean cappuccino but you wouldn’t wanna sip my martinis…shaken or stirred.

Earlier this year I noticed people kept looking for a good tutorial for perspective rulers in Manga Studio. I asked Eric Merced to put together a lesson, and he came through in golden fashion.

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One tip I’ve heard to making your New Year’s Resolutions stick is to make them easy to quantify. Read: “I will do 15 situps a day and eat only one cupcake a week,” as opposed to “I will have ripped abs and eat a more healthful diet.”

In that spirit, I have planned to answer at least one Question Jar a month on the blog. Here’s this month’s:

Will Manga Studio change the Hand tool to act more like Photoshop’s? So the tool becomes temporary once you let go of the button and goes back to the previous tool instantly. This will allow users to not have to constantly switch back and forth every single time?

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Right about now is the time when a lot of people consider how they measured up on their last years’ resolutions. One of mine was to start a new blog. Think I did OK? :D

The beauty of considering this a few days before the new year is that you’ve still got a few days left to fulfill it! If one of yours was to learn something new, we’ve got loads of tutorials. But why not get a little more specific? How about learning to color in Manga Studio?

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After a quick trip overseas for the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m beginning to rethink what my superpower would be. Maybe being able to teleport is better than being able to breathe underwater. After all, I’d still have to swim the Atlantic if I wanted to travel.

This got me thinking more about how great our new StuffIt Deluxe 2011 for Mac is, what with its super-easy file-sending ways. Check out one of the latest video tutorials, which explains how to use StuffIt to send ginormous files with SendStuffNow:

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Why is it that when I start shopping for other people, I suddenly see all these things I want for myself? Maybe it’s because I don’t shop very often or just that I’m spending cash and suddenly being thrifty seems sooo last year. Must. Control. Spending. If you’ve had your eye on Manga Studio Debut,… Read More


It’s been a heatwave here for the last week or so. California definitely has a reputation for being hot, but not generally along the coast. This week has been one of sun dresses and summer treats. One of my coworkers brought in drumsticks, ice cream sandwiches and Popsicles. I love my job. There’s nothing quite… Read More


A few weeks ago my friend started college again. She got this awesome pen and notebook that records the lecture while she takes notes. When she touches a particular area of the notebook, it plays the part of the lecture that was recorded while she was taking notes. That’s a cool learning tool! Learning is… Read More

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