Smith Micro Software Celebrates the Release of Manga Studio 5 with Limited Edition “Axe Cop” Print and Wacom Cintiq Tablet

  Smith Micro Software Celebrates the Release of Manga Studio 5 with Limited
  Edition “Axe Cop” Print and Wacom Cintiq Tablet Giveaway

  The Leading Comic and Manga Software in the World Announces Newest Version
                  Empowering Artists to Create Superior Work

Business Wire

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- January 29, 2013

Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics group,
today announced the general availability of Manga Studio® 5, the most
efficient and advanced solution for drawing, laying out, illustrating and
publishing manga comics. To commemorate the launch, Smith Micro will unveil
today a limited edition “Axe Cop” image created by Manga Studio artist and Axe
Cop creator, Ethan Nicolle. Manga Studio 5 fans can enter an online contest
for their chance to win a signed copy of the print, as well as a Wacom Cintiq

Manga Studio 5 allows artists to create professional comic and manga-style art
from start to finish. With an all-new intuitive user interface and a new
graphic engine, users can draw and paint with a more natural feel. Manga
Studio 5 adds power and flexibility to the design process with 64-bit
architecture and multi-core CPU support to handle high definition and
multi-layer artwork with ease. Scan in existing artwork or draw from scratch
within the application using a mouse or the natural feel of drawing on a
tablet. Add amazing styles and effects to any project with Manga Studio 5’s
screen tones or create a unique background with the pattern brush. Artists can
customize projects and save hours of work using the large collection of
special effects and features.

“Manga Studio has become the industry standard for creating professional
quality graphic novels, comic books, web comics and more,” said Fahim Niaz,
senior product manager for Smith Micro Software. “We wanted to celebrate this
much anticipated release with our users by unveiling Ethan’s Axe Cop image
specifically created for this launch. We’re also excited to host a Wacom
Cintiq tablet giveaway to thank our existing and new Manga Studio customers.”

Smith Micro and Wacom Technology Corp. continue to work together to provide
Manga Studio users with state-of-the-art comic creation technology. Wacom’s
line of multi-touch tablets, including the Bamboo and Intuos, provide an added
bonus to Manga Studio 5 users, allowing them to easily ink and modify their
drawings, as well as scale, rotate, pan and zoom in and out of the canvas with

“Wacom’s partnership with Smith Micro provides manga and comic artists around
the world with first-class tablet tools for creating exceptional work,” said
Don Varga, professional products brand director for Wacom Technology. “With
Wacom’s professional pen and multi-touch input tools, manga artistsare able
to digitally draw and edit their works with natural control and precision,
just like they are using conventional pen and paper. We are thrilled to
provide one lucky winner of the Manga Studio 5 Launch Sweepstakes with a
Cintiq interactive pen display tablet so they can enjoy the amazing creative
experience that comes from drawing directly on screen.”

For a chance to win a Wacom Cintiq tablet and one of 25 signed prints by Ethan
Nicolle, visit the Manga Studio 5 Launch Sweepstakes official contest page
here. The contest will run February 1 – February 28 2013, and is open to
anyone in the United States, no purchase required. Ethan created the original
Axe Cop image for the Manga Studio 5 launch using the latest version of the

“Comic artists and hobbyists have come to know Manga Studio as the go-to
software tool for creating quality comic and manga work,” said Ethan Nicolle,
renowned comic book creator, artist and writer, whose credits include Axe Cop,
Chumble Spuzz and his online web comic series Bearmageddon. “With features
such as the screen tones for added dimension and depth, and the color tools
that allow artwork to be colored all in one layer, Manga Studio 5 makes it
even easier for artists to add specific details to increase the quality of
their artwork while keeping a steady workflow.”

Manga Studio 5 Key Features:

  *New graphics software interface for creating illustrations and comics
  *Natural drawing and new graphic engine
  *64-bit architecture and multi-core CPU support

For a full feature listing visit the What’s New page.

Pricing and Availability:

Manga Studio 5 is available for $79.99. For more detailed product, pricing and
upgrade information, please visit the Manga Studio website.

About Smith Micro Software, Inc. - Productivity and Graphics Group:

Based in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Smith Micro Software Productivity and
Graphics group produces award-winning software that inspires consumer
creativity and enables efficiency. The group’s creative suite of programs
provides artists of all skill levels – from novice to professional – with the
tools to illustrate, animate and create 2D and 3D art. Some of the
Productivity and Graphics group’s award-winning creative and utilities
products include Poser, Anime Studio, Manga Studio and StuffIt. For more
information, please visit:

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