Thinking about buying...

I’m very excited to try this program but am a bit apprehensive. I looked at the tutorial and to me it seemed complex. I teach an 8th graders Media class and I’m wondering if they’ll be able to do this. ???

I only have 5 computers in my classroom and would love to get the curriculum binder with it but to dish out $1000 on top of the 5 licenses goes way beyond my budget.

Can someone give me some feedback? Would I be able to use this with my 8th graders in a semester course?

Thanks for any advice!


TBS is extremely easy to use once you get a grasp of how the program is organized and structured. The new version 2.5 for Mac is a vast improvement over the previous version. I would have been reluctant to use the earlier version with 8th graders. It had some serious flaws (the agonizing problem of locating and filling gaps so the fill tool would work, for example) But that has now been corrected along with other problems and the program works like a charm.

If you do use TBS with your class, I’d like to hear how it goes with students that young.

Good luck!


I teach Toonboom in two sections of a computer multimedia and animation. About 50 9-12th grade students. Once I finally understood it my kids had no problem picking it up. My 10 year old daughter loves to come in my room and play with it. She makes geometric patterns come to life.

Toon Boon Studio does offer a User Guide but they want you to pay another $40 for it. I was looking at various animation software and Toon Boom was the only one that did not supply ANY info on its use and/or functions and capabilities. They seem to think that I should buy the guide to determine if the software was what I needed or not. They brag about all its features and abilities but I would NEVER buy a software package that I had not previously investigated and determined its worthiness. BECAUSE software is not a refundable item, even if it does not meet your needs. Toon Boom (as I understand it does not even ship with documentation nor is it included in the demo download) it seems to me that the makers of this software have a greed complex to charge extra for something that should come with the software at least. And I have seen their so-called tutorials, well produced, but they show nothing of the software to speak of. There are TOO many other excellent software animation packages out there to be sucked in by a greedy company like this one obviously is. They even CHARGE for tech support for products you purchase from them… HOW LAME IS THAT! Look around people and choose wisely Toon Boom is by no means the only, or the best, on the market. I contacted the customer service, by the way, and could not believe that they actually wanted to sell me a user guide to software I did not know whether or not I even wanted… their actions spoke volumes and I took my money and business elsewhere!