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Cambridge Animation Systems
Cambridge Animation Systems Animo.jpg
Developer(s)Cambridge Animation Systems Ltd.
Initial release1992; 27 years ago (1992)
Stable release
6.0 / December 8, 2004; 14 years ago (2004-12-08)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Mac OS X, SGI O2
Type2D animation software

Cambridge Animation Systems was a British software company that developed a traditional animation software package called Animo, and is now part of Canadian company Toon Boom Technologies. It was based in Cambridge, England, hence the name. Established in 1990, it created the Animo software in 1992 after acquiring Compose in Color, which was developed by Oliver Unter-ecker.[1] Animo was used for several animated feature films, shorts, and television series, and it powered the UK animation industry until the 2000s as it was used by studios like King Rollo Films, Telemagination, and Cosgrove Hall Films,[2] but it was also used by studios in other countries, most notably Warner Bros. Feature Animation, DreamWorks, and Nelvana. In total, Animo was used by over 300 studios worldwide.[3][4][5]

In 2000, CAS developed Animo Inkworks, a plug-in which allowed Maya and 3ds Max users to export 3D data into Animo and integrate it into 2D animation via the Scene III plug-in.[6][7][8] In 2001, they developed another plug-in called Animo Sniffworks, which exports Flash output to Maya.[9]

In 2009, CAS was acquired by Toon Boom Technologies and has since folded.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "NeXT Computers :: View topic - WANTED: Cambridge Animation Systems "animo"". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Cosgrove Hall studio history". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Respect for Tradition Combined With Technological Excellence Drives Cambridge Animation's Leadership". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  4. ^ "SIGGRAPH 96 Exhibitor / Cambridge Animation Systems". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Cambridge Animation Systems". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Cambridge Animation Systems announces Animo Inkworks". Animation World Network. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Cambridge Animation Systems Releases Animo Inkworks". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Spotlight: Cambridge Animation Stretches 2D". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Swiffworks Brings Flash Output To Maya". Animation World Network. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  10. ^ (January 8, 2009)."Toon Boom Acquires Cambridge Animation" [AWN]. Retrieved January 28, 2009.

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