Smith Micro just released Anime Studio 9, the latest version of its 2D animation software.
The Debut version is on sale for $29.99 right now, and is a good buy.
Unfortunately, some of the best new features are only available in the Pro version, which is also on sale, but for a much higher price – $149.99. Check here to compare the two.
You can try the Pro version free for 30 days, but PLEASE be aware that you a) have to give them a credit card, and b) unless you say otherwise, after 30 days that card will be charged full price – $199.99 – not the sale price (assuming I’m reading the web sites correctly).
It looks like you can upgrade to Pro from Debut for only $99.99, so, again if I’m reading this correctly, you can by Debut 9 for $30, and upgrade to Pro for $100, for a total of $130 (all numbers rounded, of course). Again, this assumes I’m reading the site properly. You should double check for yourself!
The two best additions to the new Pro version, IMHO, are Smartbones and an improved animation interface, with full curve controls. Check out the extensive videos for all of the new stuff here.