It's a translated version of Clip Studio. And I've tried clip studio with the fan made english translation.
What I don't like about Manga Studio (from the old days) is that it takes to long to upgrade (if ever). Clip Studio is far supperiour to tools like SAI, and I liked it much better than comic studio (Manga Studio 4), so it's worth it if you like those tools.
I just bought MS5 (I have MS4 EX). Really like the overhaul of the interface for the most part and the coloring capabilities, however, unless I'm doing something wrong--I like out-of-the-box the brush response in MS4EX better. Plus they left out some of the EX brushes I like in MS5 (along with some other features).
MS should let you change the sequence or order of the panels in a page by simply changing the order of the panel folders in the layers pallet. For example, if I want the images in panel 2 (in a split panel ruler 2 horizontal, 3 vertical layout) to be in panel one and the images in panel 1 to be in panel 2, I should simply highlight the panel 2 folder and drag it above panel 1 folder. Further, I want the images in panel three to be in panel 5, i move the panel 3 folder below panel 4 and panel 5 folder below panel two. The panel folder sequencing numerals should automatically change when I do that [from 2 to one and 1 to two, and 3 to 5 and 5 to 3]. When MS can do that, I'll be impressed.
Oh man, at first I thought they were just replacing both debut and ex with a regular fully featured version, but I see it was just too good to be true! I think that I'll stick with EX4 for now; though some of the features of 5 look pretty smashing.
I also purchased the Japanese version (CLIP Studio Paint Pro) and have been using it for quite a while. It is the best drawing/painting program I have ever encountered on a Mac.
I'd say this is more of a competitor to Photoshop than SAI. SAI doesn't have the power that CLIP Studio Paint or Photoshop has. If you were to move on from SAI to Manga Studio, there's gonna be some getting used to, but it'll be easier than moving onto Photoshop right away (The lines are smooth and the brush engine is very intuitive).
I bought the Japanese version for the sake of constant updates. Smith Micro is not very good with updates. (That and I find it hilarious that the cover art was made with Painter. I could understand Manga Studio 4's cover since you can't really make something like that with it, but with Manga Studio 5, you have all the tools you need to make a illustration look like that since it's a painting program now.)
I got the US version and Its great it open photoshop files. The 3d stuff seems iffy to me Just like DAZ or blender looking interface. models look good but nothing worth much of a second look unless I can find away to import my won 3d models into it. but as it is just nice for a quick cheat on proportions when needed but that's all.
A lot of material that was originally in EX 4 and the ex additions only are now available in the Standard MS 5. You can import 3D material,have vector support, use special/perspective rulers and have a ton of nice comic and clean up options. Screentoning is the easiest it's ever been. It also includes 3D posing manikins What you can do in MS 5 easily trumps the previous versions. For the most it comes with all you need.
The biggest things MS 5 EX will have of the standard version is a selection layer type, 3DLT support where it converts 3D objects into basic lineart, story mode and files, and another program for scripting and novelizing (Which may or may not come to the US)
That's the impression I was getting from a video I watched. At first I was like "Oh makes me think of SAI" and if that had been it, I wouldn't have given it a second thought. But then more brushes appeared. PS-like brushes, and even things from Paint Shop Pro that I missed. Proper blur tools. At one point I literally licked my lips when watching the video. >> I'm a sucker for a fantastic art program.
Do you find the program easy to use and intuitive? One perk of SAI is that I feel it's both of those things. Can press a hotkey to flip the image at will, adjust sliders to change opacity without having to open up menus to do so, mouse wheel changes zoom, etc. Basic stuff. I ask because I downloaded a Manga Studio Debut 4 demo to try out in case it was in any way comparable to MS5, but I didn't like it at all. It felt clunky and I couldn't just dive in it. I had to open a bunch of menus, change this, change that, tweak, tweak, and STILL it wasn't working out for me at all. I have hope MS5 isn't like that from what I saw in a video, just not absolutely sure.
I would give it a shot. Manga Studio doesn't have a trial set up, but if you go to [link] and register to the site, you can download Clip Studio Paint as a free trial. Same Program different name pretty much.
I've used it for eight months. (I purchased the Japanese version) it's definitely one of the best drawing programs I've owned. Painting is so much fun with a brush engine that's smooth like Photoshop. Way worth the money I paid for it.
Imagine Sai with Photoshop's brush capabilities. That's MS5