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Moho. The original Anime Studio.

Posted by Kayla Cytron-Thaler on Apr 30, 2015 4:42:52 AM

Did you know that Anime Studio was originally called Moho?


One of Moho's original logos.

Here are some fun facts about Moho...

Moho was created in 1999 by Mike Clifton, who is currently a senior software engineer at Smith Micro Software.

Moho was first available on the Be Operating System. A Windows version came out shortly after, and the first Mac version a couple years following that.

The reason Clifton created the software: "I had been working in 3D animation, but I always had a love for old cartoons. 3D animation requires a lot of resources to create something that looks good. Usually there are separate people working on lighting, texturing, modeling, animation. I thought 2D cartoon animation was still viable, fun, and accessible to an individual or a smaller team. So Moho was created."

The name Moho came about when Clifton opened up a geology textbook to a random page and pointed his finger. On that page was the Mohorovičić Discontinuity (Moho for short), the boundary between the Earth's crust and mantle. He went for an abstract name, rather than a more descriptive name for the original version.

Moho was renamed to Anime Studio when E Frontier started publishing it, partly to be more descriptive, and partly to fit in with E Frontier’s other product, Manga Studio.

Any old school animators out there used Moho? What did you create?

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