Manga Studio EX 4.02

Studio environment where you can make manga characters with ease

  • Category:

    Animation

  • Version:

    EX 4.02

  • Works under:

    Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Trial version
  • Vote:
    6.1 (462)

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.

Pros

Great tools

Video tutorials are useful

Very versatile

Cons

Complicated to use

Can turn off new users

Name of product doesn't fully describe the scope of the software

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