Artistic studio software optimized for digital artists who wish to draw manga style artwork
Windows Vista / Windows XP
Smith Micro Software
Manga Studio EX is a multi-faceted art suite meant to help users with the process of making manga or comic books.
Manga Studio EX bills itself as a specialized art tool, and it's certainly that. The goal of the program isn't to help people to draw more easily, but rather to help them assemble their images into a comic book format. While the drawing aspect is certainly well done, it is the latter goal that's so impressive. Complete with several tutorials, this program is perhaps the best on the market for helping newcomers figure out how to create sequential art in a useful manner.
Just being useful isn't enough to sell a product, though. The one place where Manga Studio EX falls apart is with its ease of use. The program is complicated, and it expects you to have a certain amount of foreknowledge to get the most out of the suite. This isn't a huge problem for people who have used similar programs in the past, but it can be problematic for any novices who are looking to learn the ins and outs of making manga. This is one software suite that makes users work to get the most for their money.
Manga Studio EX is a great program for both amateurs and professionals. The tools provided are top notch, and the video tutorials can help you to make sense out of an often difficult form of art. The program can be very hard to use, though, and newcomers may find this fact frustrating. If you aren't opposed to looking for some outside help, you'll get quite a bit out of this software.
Video tutorials are useful
Complicated to use
Can turn off new users
Name of product doesn't fully describe the scope of the software