Wait...It's Already February?
Okay, we know we're a little late with the year end review, but wanted to squeeze it in anyway. With 2012 officially underway, the team here at Smith Micro wanted to still take a moment to highlight our favorite moments and accomplishments from 2011.
On the product front, new versions of both the Anime Studio and the Poser product lines were developed and launched with great success. Both products included ground breaking new features, causing excitement from both established and new users.
Anime Studio included a new character wizard, as well as helpful new features like automatic image tracing, Photoshop import and global rendering. Anime Studio has quickly become a hit with everyone from industry pros and hobbyists to kids and families.
For the first time ever Smith Micro released a Debut version of the Poser program (later to be released at the Mac App Store), introducing first-time users to the intriguing world of 3D creation. We did not stop there. Later in 2011 Smith Micro released both Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012 to eager 3D enthusiasts. The new Poser line included Realtime OpenGL previews, vertex weight mapping, weight map creation tools, subsurface scattering and according to Poser’s long-time product manager Steve Cooper, “a boatload of UI improvements.”
This was a big launch for community involvement! In additional some masterful forum assistance in the presales campaign from our Poser Ambassadors, we hosted the first "Iron Render Championship" for the Poser Pro 2012 hero image and were honored to have Syyd Raven and Traveler selected as our winners. We were very thankful for everyone's help!
Along with the new and updated products the team here at Smith Micro had a very eventful year at tradeshows. Here are some of our favorites from 2011:
- We attended Anime Expo for the first time ever over July 4th weekend. Our team got to participate in a panel speaking on the “2D Animation Revolution” that packed in fans, artists and convention-goers.
- One of our favorite conventions that we attend every year is Comic-Con in beautiful San Diego. For the second year in a row we had a great booth in the corner of the convention center. This year we had signings at our booth with some of our favorite artists that use Manga Studio, including Dave Gibbons, Doug Tenapel, Ethan Nicolle and Skottie Young.
We also had another very special visitor appear at the Smith Micro SDCC booth – Sponge Bob SquarePants came and hung out with our team to celebrate the release of the SpongeBob SquarePants Tooncast Studio.
- To kick off the Poser launch we headed up north to beautiful Vancouver, Canada to attend SIGGRAPH 2011.
- We also attended New York Comic-Con. Nothing like Comic-Con craziness in the Big Apple!
To close out the year, Anime Studio animator Andy Eaton won the Smith Micro holiday card contest. He took home $500 and was able to giveaway $500 to his charity of choice.
Thank you 2011 for being such a great year for Smith Micro and our software – looking forward to another fast paced, crazy year of new products, great artists and fun times.