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Taiwan to unveil software that converts photos into comics

2011/10/20 15:22:48

Taipei, Oct. 20 (CNA) A newly developed software in Taiwan will give all users a chance to instantly become cartoonists, as it automatically converts photographs into cartoon format.

The software, called "Manga Director," will make its debut at Taiwan's top research institute on Oct. 22 and be available for free public use through Facebook within three months, the developers said.

Tu Yen-chen, one of the software's developers at Academia Sinica, said that users only need to load photographs into the software, which will then convert the pictures into cartoon images.

The user can choose the best quality cartoons and add dialogue, thus creating an e-comic book, Tu said.

The software seeks to revolutionize the concept of photo albums and comic books, she added.

"Manga Director" is one of the many inventions that will be showcased at an open house event this Saturday, according to an Academia Sinica press release.

Research-related lectures, exhibitions, and parent-child activities such as treasure hunts and quizzes will be held at the annual event.

(By Nancy Liu)
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