+ Digital Video, the makers of TOONZ, and DWANGO, a Japanese publisher, announced today
they have signed an agreement for the acquisition by Dwango of Toonz, an animation
software which was independently developed by Digital Video (Rome, Italy).
Digital Video and Dwango agreed to close the deal under the condition Dwango will publish
and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz (OpenToonz).
Effective Saturday March
26, the TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be made available to the animation community as a
OpenToonz will include features developed by Studio Ghibli (*Toonz Ghibli Edition) which has
been a long time Toonz user. Through OpenToonz, Dwango will create a platform that will aim
to have research labs and the animated film industry actively cooperating with each other.
With this agreement in place, Digital Video will move to the open source business model,
offering to the industry commissioning, installation & configuration, training, support and
customization services while allowing the animators’ community to use a state of the art
technology at no cost.
Digital Video will also continue to develop and market a Toonz Premium version at a very
competitive price for those companies willing to invest in the customization of Toonz for their
projects. A comprehensive list of the new services available can be found at
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