Smith Micro announced a new online social media site today that might be of interest to those of you are into digital storytelling and interactive comics. The full press release follows:
ALISO VIEJO, CA – February 11, 2014 – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics group today announced the launch of its social multimedia platform MotionArtistTV, targeted for artists, animators and graphic art enthusiasts.
MotionArtistTV combines the open, interactive canvas of HTML5 with convenient content sharing through a social portal. It allows users to view interactive, animated content, connect with fellow artists and users, and share their HTML5 graphics, animations, and multimedia comics created with MotionArtist software.
“Digital storytelling and interactive graphic novels generate a massive amount of interest and excitement among artists, animators and fans,” said Steve Yatson, vice president of operations for Smith Micro, Productivity and Graphics Group. “The integration of content creation applications and web distribution tools allows any graphic artist to produce and publish their work. With MotionArtist, we made it easy for digital artists to add motion to their comics and photos. Now, using the power of HTML5, MotionArtistTV enables all users to create interactive stories and engage audiences with unequaled control and clarity.”
Free and open to the public, MotionArtistTV allows budding artists to join an open-submission community for animated HTML5 graphics. Once community members create a login ID, they receive a personalized profile for posting their own content and following favorite artists. All members can view, like and comment on other members’ work, as well as create watch-lists of their favorite episodes and series.
“Having worked extensively with interactive graphic novels, I see great value in Smith Micro’s new MotionArtistTV platform,” said Brian Haberlin, co-artist and co-writer of the multimedia, sci-fi adventure saga, Anomaly. “As the artist community continues to grow, having a free, convenient resource for posting your content is invaluable. The ability to ‘like’, ‘comment’ and follow other members is extremely beneficial, empowering artists to build a professional network, gain feedback, and discuss trends in the innovative multimedia space.”
MotionArtistTV is the perfect channel for sharing projects created with MotionArtist, a software program that enables users to add motion to comic creations, create HTML5 presentations, and make animated photo shows with ease.
Pricing and Availability:
MotionArtistTV is a free web portal, immediately available to the public. Users can register for membership at MotionArtistTV.
MotionArtist is available for $49.99. For more detailed product, pricing and upgrade information, please visit the MotionArtist website.
About Smith Micro Software, Inc. – Productivity and Graphics Group:
Based in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Smith Micro Software Productivity and Graphics Group produces award-winning software that inspires consumer creativity and enables efficiency. The group’s creative suite of programs provides artists of all skill levels – from novice to professional – with the tools to illustrate, animate and create 2D and 3D art. Some of the Productivity and Graphics Group’s award-winning creative and utilities products include Poser, Anime Studio, Manga Studio and StuffIt. For more information, please visit: www.smithmicro.com.