July 14, 2014 Last Updated 9:34 am

Aquafadas releases version 1.8 of MotionComposer, its animation software, drops price to $29

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The digital publishing platform company Aquafadas, owned by the same company that owns Kobo, Rakuten, has released a new version of its animation software MotionComposer. The update brings the software put to version 1.8, and along with the update comes a reduced price of only $29.

MotionComposer-splashMotion Composer has been around since 2011, and was made compatible with iBooks and iBooks Author in 2012. The software, which allows you to create HTML5 and Flash animations, originally cost $149.

For those who have not yet begun to play around with creating animations, you will be pleasantly surprised to see how easy it is to create a simple animation. I have been playing around with animations as a way to show digital magazine editions, finding that an animation is smoother than a typical animated GIF. If you are new to this type of software you might check out this YouTube tutorial on MotionComposer.

If you are comfortable with Adobe Edge Animate or Tumult Hype, you’ll be very comfortable with MotionComposer.

The new version of MotionComposer contains several new features, as well as some bug fixes:

  • Addition of Scenes
  • Enhance crop functionality
  • New typefaces
  • Document resizing
  • 360° rotation bug fixed

The export settings are easy to understand and give you total control of your project. MotionComposer requires an iFrame to embed into WordPress websites, and this site hates iFrames, so I probably won’t stop using Edge for web animations, but creating widgets for iBooks Author is a snap. The slideshow below shows you most of the export options:

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  • Tablazines 3 years ago

    wow. At that price I’m going to pick that up. Get it to work with the Bakerframework.