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Digital Anarchy Announces Text Anarchy 2.0 for Simplifying Text Character Animation

Powerful New Version of Elements of Anarchy: Text for After Effects and FCP Users

San Francisco, CA – April 2, 2003 —

Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe, Apple and Discreet products, today announced the availability of Text Anarchy 2.0 for After Effects and Final Cut Pro. Dramatically expanding upon the most popular features of its award-winning Elements of Anarchy: Text Filters, Text Anarchy 2.0 simplifies the process of creating and animating text and increases the creative opportunities for broadcast designers, compositors and typographers.

Digital Anarchy will be showcasing Text Anarchy 2.0 at NAB 2003 in booth SL 2618.

“Since text is one of the most difficult things to animate, we were continually getting requests from our customers to expand the Elements of Anarchy filter set,” said Jim Tierney, president and founder of Digital Anarchy. “Where the previous filter set was designed for creating background text elements, Text Anarchy 2.0 is intended for projects where text is the main component of the design, which makes the creation of complex text animation significantly easier.”

Text Anarchy 2.0 is composed of eight versatile filters that provide specific methods for producing a wide variety of text effects, ranging from animating set text in motion to individual letters. For instance, some of the filters use particle systems specifically designed for text, while others allow the animation of characters on a letter-by-letter basis or by using paths to control the look and attributes of the text.

The filters within Text Anarchy can also use almost any TrueType or Postscript Type 1 font, which allows designers to expand their repertoire of text effects for creating complex designs faster.

Key features in Text Anarchy 2.0 include:

  • Kerning, Tracking and Leading Control allows for precise placement of the text, be it a single word or a lengthy paragraph.
  • The Cool Text Filter allows letters to be animated on a letter-by-letter basis. Adding effects like blur, color and scale creates a completely new way of animating text in After Effects.
  • Stacking Effects permits multiple effects such as blur, opacity, or rotation to be stacked on top of each other.
  • Versatile Paths provides alternatives so paths can be used in new, interesting ways. Text can have different attributes, like font size or color, at different ends of the paths, which also creates text that trails off.
  • Random Text is easily generated by particle systems. Words can form out of the random characters, or they can form from word to word.
  • Multiple Fonts can be used, switching from one to the other.
  • Automatic Text allows text to be generated automatically, making the creation of background elements or textures simple.

Pricing & Availability.

Regularly priced at US $149, Text Anarchy 2.0 is now available now for US $129 until April 30, 2003. Owners of Elements of Anarchy: Text can upgrade for $89 until April 30, 2003 ($99 afterwards).

Demos, tutorials, and samples are available at Text Anarchy is compatible with After Effects 4.1 and higher and on Mac OS 8.6 and higher (including OS X), and all Windows variants.

About Digital Anarchy.

Digital Anarchy® is a privately owned company operating out of San Francisco, CA. Digital Anarchy is devoted to creating high end and high quality cost-effective software products for broadcast designers in the television and film industries. These products solve a wide range of problems that face designers, from creating text effects and background elements to the addition of lighting effects in 2D compositing applications. Digital Anarchy products work in conjunction with a wide range of products from companies like Adobe®, Discreet™, and Apple®.

For more information on Digital Anarchy and other products, please see the company’s Web site at or call 415-621-0991.

Digital Anarchy is a registered trademark of Digital Anarchy Inc. All other brand names, product names, service marks, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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