UPDATED 30 MAY 2017
CLIP STUDIO PAINT (formerly known as "Manga Studio") is a specialty graphics software originally from Japan for creating comic books, and now also animation. It is actually just one part of a larger "suite" of software, but users outside of Japan currently only get the PAINT program and a feature-limited version of the "Assets" Launcher program.
This page will tell you how to install the Japanese apps and patch the software with unofficial English language patches.
Do You NEED These translations?
Many PAINT users arguably aren't going to need the Japanese suite apps at all. It depends on whether:
- you want access to more pre-made materials than are available in the English version?
- you want to create native-format fully-featured 3D content?
- you want to potentially share your creations with other users?
If you're happy with the materials offered by Celsys in the English version, or drag-and-drop compatible 3D object files onto the PAINT canvas (and don't care if they have all the options of the native materials), and/or don't plan to share your custom materials with other users? You can stop reading right now. Have a nice day!
But if you're still with me, let's dive in!
What is the CLIP STUDIO Suite?
The suite originally consisted of PAINT, MODELER, ACTION, COORDINATE, plus a Launcher and Assets manager simply called "CLIP STUDIO." In the most recent versions the functions of COORDINATE have been integrated into MODELER, where those "3D Setup" functions can still be used without buying a license. However, PAINT can still (for the most part) use the older format 3D materials, so COORDINATE is still available and can be used as a "legacy" app.
So far only the PAINT and "Assets" apps have been officially translated into English, leaving users outside of Japan without the tools to create native 3D materials.
For a more detailed run-down of each of the apps in the suite, please see my "Introduction to the Clip Studio Suite."
I'm going to assume you already have the official English version of CLIP STUDIO PAINT installed on your computer. It should be located in a program/applications folder named "CLIP STUDIO 1.5 EN." If you had PAINT installed before version 1.5 you will also have a "CLIP STUDIO EN" folder on your system holding the "Legacy" version of the English software.
When you install the Japanese software the "Legacy" programs will be found in a "CLIP STUDIO" folder
YOU DO NOT NEED TO INSTALL ALL OF THE JAPANESE APPS!
Be aware, however, that IF you choose to install the Japanese apps the only one that isn't a "trial" version is COORDINATE. Everything else requires purchasing licenses from Japan (the license for you English version of PAINT will not work). Most of the Celsys software does an online "license check" when you first start it, which includes a "trial license" period for you to try out the software. Some of the trials are time-limited after which the software won't work. Some are feature-limited trials that don't seem to expire, but parts of the software won't work (for example, you can't save files). At some point Celsys may even stop allowing old versions to activate a "trial license." I like their software, but the company's policies are not exactly friendly to those of us outside of Japan.
The ACTION app can be used for free – but apparently only until October 2017 - if you register it and have a legitimate license for the Japanese version of PAINT EX (a license for the English version will not work), or if you have a legitimate license for the Japanese Version of PAINT PRO or DEBUT you can use the "Directing" function of ACTION for free. There is apparently still a frame limit to the animations, unless you have a Japanese EX license. Details: https://www.clip-studio.com/clip_site/download/clipstudioaction/clipstudioaction_top
Unless otherwise noted, the links below are direct from the Celsys website. However, they have a history of moving/deleting old versions from their archives, so I make no guarantees they will continue to work. Let me know if they don't, I'll see if I can provide an alternative download (but some of these apps are pretty big and I don't have unlimited online storage to host them).
Note: archived downloads may not be able to show a preview and are too large to be virus scanned online. The files are set to be viewable and downloadable by anyone, but if you're being denied access make sure you're logged into a Google account first.
THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL FAN TRANSLATION! Neither Celsys nor Smith Micro will provide software support for the these unofficially translated programs. No intellectual property rights infringement is intended, files are not offered for sale, no money is being made, and the apps are the exact free downloads / TRIAL versions previously offered by Celsys.
ABOUT THE FILES OFFERED HERE:
- TRANSLATION KITS DO NOT CONTAIN THE ACTUAL PROGRAMS!
- FILES DO NOT CONTAIN CRACKS, KEYGENS, or WAREZ!
- THESE MAY OR MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU AT ALL!
- TRANSLATIONS ONLY WORK WITH THE VERSIONS SPECIFIED!
- ARCHIVED APPS ARE UNALTERED ORIGINAL INSTALLERS
You still need to download and install the actual programs. The kits ONLY contain the language patch files and translated documents. If you installed the Trial Version of a program it will STILL be Trial Version after you patch it. If you purchased the programs and have a license they will still be licensed after they are patched (though, fair warning, if something goes wrong or you accidentally patch the wrong version you may break the program and need to reinstall it). There is nothing in these kits that will crack the Trial Versions, or generate serial numbers or activation codes. If you want the full versions of the programs please BUY them from Celsys, but do not expect them to give you software support for programs you have patched. Remember, these are UNOFFICIAL translation patches for the software. Also be aware that, if you update the software to a different version from the one(s) supported by the translation kit the software may break and you will have to downgrade and re-patch everything.
These unofficial translation files are provided to you "as is" without warranties, conditions, or guarantees of any kind either expressed or implied that they will work for you or be error free. You bear the entire risk of downloading them and/or using them and nobody else has any obligation to assist you or provide software support for using them. Use of these translations is neither sanctioned nor supported by the original publisher. You alone bear full responsibility for using the files, so if you irreparably mess up your software or computer, you can't blame anyone but yourself. You have been warned.
Ok, now that I've scared some of you off...
MODELER (Trial)The latest version integrates the "3D Setup" functions of COORDINATE, but MODELER cannot open your existing .c2fc files (you'll have to recreate your 3D materials with MODELER in the new format). If you are only interested in the "3D Setup" functions you can use that part of MODELER for FREE. If you want to actually build 3D models with MODELER, however, you need to purchase a license or you won't be able to Save your models or Register them as materials from within MODELER.
Windows Version 1.6.3
Mac OS Version 1.6.3
Legacy Trials – the older versions of MODELER do not have any 3D Character creation tools in them and I'm not 100% sure you can even activate the trial for them anymore. I also only have one Mac version, I never downloaded the Windows installer and Celsys has since removed it from their archive.
Windows Version 1.0.0
(not available unless someone can sent it to me)
Mac OS Version 1.0.0 (69.8 MB)
[ Download from my archive ]
COORDINATE (free)In my opinion this is the most useful app in the suite, not just because you can use it to create 3D materials in native format but because it is fully functional and FREE. Which is why I'm disappointed Celsys has chosen to discontinue it and rolled its functionality into MODELER, which is not free.
However, the current version of PAINT still supports (most) old format 3D materials, and since the new MODELER doesn't support opening or editing .c2fc files this is the only way to still do it. It remains the ONLY way to make native format 3D materials without having to pay a software license fee.
OFFICIAL LAST RELEASE
(note: these will install just COORDINATE in your "CLIP STUDIO 1.5" folder):
Windows Version 1.1.7 (58.9 MB)
Mac Version 1.1.7 (119.1 MB)
OFFICIAL LEGACY RELEASE
See the links below for the ACTION Legacy downloads, which include the COORDINATE Legacy version 1.1.6. The installers for each program are separate, so make sure you install them in the correct order: COORDINATE first then ACTION, to make sure you get the latest Legacy version of the "Assets" app.
CLIP STUDIO "Assets" (free)The Japanese version of the "Assets" app is much, much more useful and full of features than the English version. It allows you to launch the installed apps from the suite, manage your installed Materials, upload custom materials to the "Clip Studio Assets Site," organize your work, shop for more materials, create and download collections of materials, and maintain your installation databases. By comparison the English release version would be nearly useless if they hadn't moved the database maintenance utilities into it from PAINT. Keep in mind, though, that it will ONLY let you do all that wonderful stuff with your Japanese language installation. Your English-language install is separate.
If you installed MODELER above you already have CLIP STUDIO 1.6.3 "Assets" app installed. If you didn't install MODELER you can instead install PAINT below and it will also install the 1.6.3 version of the CLIP STUDIO "Assets" app. (Note: the translation files work with version 1.6.4 as well).
Legacy Version – to get the latest version of the Legacy version 1.1.7 of the CLIP STUDIO "Assets" app install the Legacy release of ACTION.
Celsys oddly does not provide an installer just for the Assets/Launcher app. Because it automatically installs with the other apps and my Translation Kits require different versions it is very easy to install them in the wrong order and end up with an older version of the Launcher installed by mistake. See the "Recommended Order" below.
PAINT (Trial)Strictly speaking you probably don't need this if you've already got the English version. But if you want it for completeness, or for creating, registering, and uploading 2D materials (like patterns, layouts, etc.) you create without having to manually move things from one language installation to the other, then go ahead and grab it. It will install to "CLIP STUDIO 1.5" in your applications folder.
Windows Version 1.6.3 (177 MB)
Mac OS Version 1.6.3 (252.6 MB)
Legacy Trials – Celsys removed all archived versions of PAINT prior to 1.5.4 so these are files I happened to keep. Technically the "Legacy" installs end at version 1.4.4 but I don't have the trial installers for that version, so if you want PAINT in your Japanese Legacy install you'll have to use these unless someone can send me the 1.4.4 installers. In the meantime here are Mac and Windows installers that are compatible with the Translation Kits:
Windows Version 1.3.2 (318.1 MB)
[ Download ZIP from my archive ]
Mac OS Version 1.3.2 (381 MB)
[ Download DMG from my archive ]
ACTION (Trial)Clip Studio ACTION, as the name implies, is an animation timeline and direction program. If you are only working in 2D in Clip Studio Paint and/or are not doing animation work you can probably skip this app. ACTION is for people using 3D models and are doing animations or who want to apply motion direction to their 2D artwork. It also supports "synthetic voice" engines, including CeVio Creative Studio, MegapoidTalk, and Voiceroid.
Here are links to the latest version for which I have translations:
Windows Version 1.5.5 (307 MB)
Mac Version 1.5.5 (294.4 MB)
Legacy Trials – the older versions of ACTION have a much different user interface and there is apparently a separate "viewer" app. I only have both the translations and installer for version 1.1.4 and only for Mac.
Windows Version 1.1.4
(not available unless someone can send it to me)
Mac OS Version 1.1.4 (369.3 MB)
[ Download from my archive ]
Latest Legacy translations exist for these, but Celsys removed the installers from archive:
- Windows Version 1.1.7
- Mac OS Version 1.1.7
OFFICIAL "Legacy" Download – I don't have translation files for ACTION 1.1.9 or 1.2.0! But the download Includes the COORDINATE Legacy version 1.1.6 and CLIP STUDIO "Assets" app version 1.1.7 (install COORDINATE first)
Windows Version 1.2.0 (331 MB)
Mac OS Version 1.1.9 (386.5 MB)
NOTE: If you plan to use ACTION 1.1.4 install that first, then back up that installation by moving the app and its settings folder in App/Settings/, install the newer version, then move/copy the old version back and overwrite the newer version.
You also need to be careful of the order you install the apps so as not to overwrite the CLIP STUDIO Launcher app with either an older version or a newer version that doesn't yet have translations.
You do NOT need to install all of the apps! You can install only the ones you actually plan to use. My patch scripts check to see which apps are installed before trying to backup or patch them.
RECOMMENDED LEGACY APP INSTALL ORDER:
- MODELER 1.0.0
- PAINT 1.3.2
- ACTION 1.1.4
- COORDINATE 1.1.6
Windows Legacy Launcher 1.1.7
[ Download from my archive ] (19 MB)
Mac Legacy Launcher 1.1.7
[ Download from my archive ] (37 MB)
RECOMMENDED 1.5+ APP INSTALL ORDER:
- ACTION 1.5.5
- MODELER 1.6.3
- PAINT 1.6.3
- COORDINATE 1.1.7
Q. Can I move the Japanese apps into my English version's folder?
A. I don't recommend moving the applications out of their default installation locations.
I experimented with trying to move the apps, editing all of the install path configuration files, including pointing them to the other installation's common folders and it didn't work. Even with all those files edited there are some things within the apps themselves (not in configuration files) that continue looking in the standard installation location. So there is no benefit to trying to move the apps somewhere else.
If your goal is to share materials between the Japanese and English language versions see my separate article on "Sharing Materials Folders."
APPLY TRANSLATION PATCHES
Do not apply the translation patches to the apps until you're done installing everything. If you tried to patch each app after you installed it the subsequent installation would overwrite some of the files and undo some or all of your patching work.
When you apply the translation patches to the programs they have to be specific versions of the programs and you shouldn't update them or you risk breaking the apps (for example if they moved things around on menus or added features the existing translation patches will no longer be compatible). My install scripts detect whether a specific app in the suite is installed or not, but it has no way of knowing which version is installed.
There are no guarantees it will work, or keep working, and you will not be able to update to the newest versions when they are released – and may never be able to do so.
Obviously you do this at your own risk! That said, the "risk" is pretty low. If you accidentally update one of the patched apps and it stops working you can simply uninstall it, reinstall the older version, re-patch it and remember not to update it...unless patches become available for the newer version. As the Japanese apps are isolated from the English ones, there's no risk of messing up your English PAINT install either. Ok, so standard disclaimer is out of the way, let's get patchin'!
Windows Translation Kit 1.6.3 (41 MB)
Mac Translation Kit 1.6.3 (41 MB)
Windows Legacy Translation Kit (39 MB)
Mac Legacy Translation Kit (43 MB)
These translation kits are completely new! The previous kits have been removed. Each kit has a script that will attempt to automatically detect which apps in the suite you have installed, backup the Japanese language files, and then apply the english patches. The script also has an option to restore the apps (un-patch them).
- Windows and Mac Users MUST run the scripts with Administrator privileges or they will fail.
- On Windows 10 you cannot run them from PowerShell or they will fail to patch.
- On Windows 10 you cannot double-click and run in a Command Prompt window or patching will fail.
If for some reason the script doesn't work for you, then you can try applying the patches manually – though keep in mind that is a tedious process, which is why I wrote the scripts to automate it.
As noted above the Japanese versions install into a different location than the English version. They also use different user and materials locations. This means that the two language installations are completely isolated from each other! You cannot simply create and register a material in the Japanese version and have it appear in the Materials list of the English version. There are, however, work-arounds (see my separate article on "Installing, Syncing and Sharing Materials").
Legacy Versions (Download)I downloaded the PDF manuals, converted them into HTML documents, and then ran them through Google Translate. However, these are not the most recent versions of the manuals, they are for the older pre-1.5 releases, and they have many images with text on them that is not translated. But they're better than nothing. Included in my ZIP package are the following guides:
- ACTION 1.1.4
- COORDINATE 1.1.0
- COORDINATE 1.1.4
- MODELER 1.0.0
- MODELER 1.0.1
- STANDARD BONE SPECIFICATION
|Index Page for my translated Legacy Version User Guides|
*** DOWNLOAD ALL LEGACY USER GUIDES ***
Unzip the package and open the index.html page in your browser. From there select the individual User Guide. Each guide is presented as a single, very long HTML page (the original books are ~300 pages each). Be aware, however, that these were automatically translated by Google Translate and are far less than perfect translations. They also contain many, many screen captures with annotations written in Japanese that - because they're part of the images - cannot be auto-translated. However, for most of them, it's apparent that what it says on the images is repeated in text below them - which DID get translated, though not always accurately. It's better than nothing, but hopefully Celsys will be releasing official English versions and manuals.
New Versions (Online)
These are in Japanese so you'll need to visit them with Google Chrome browser and have it auto-translate them for you. Do not use Microsoft Bing Translator because it can't handle the sidebar Table of Contents. Actually Google can't handle the "front matter" of each guide either. I'll save you the frustration, the links below go to the first pages that can be auto-translated. If you hit the "Print" icon in Chrome it WILL print the translated page, keeping in mind that any text in an image will not be translated (Tip: If you really need to know what the text in an image says, try using the Google Translate smartphone app and take a photo of the text).
COORDINATE 1.1.7 (final release)
NOTE: There is no HTML version of the "Standard Bone Specification" you'll have to download my converted manual above. The specification hasn't changed anyway.
I did not do the original translation work! I can't read or write Japanese. The original translation work was done for the Windows versions, it just happens that those same files will work on the Mac versions.
However, the Mac versions have some additional items that are part of the "global menu" interface which doesn't exist in Windows. I decompiled and translated the Mac ".nib" files and ran the user manuals through Google Translate as well (see User Manuals above). In the previous Translation Kits I'd done this too, but I forgot to re-compile the .nib files! That caused problems because the OS saw them as folders instead of files and would prevent overwriting. So that's fixed in this release! The original translated files for the Launcher HTML content have english text, but none of the styling and none of the functionality. So I redid all the translation work on those in order to maintain the original layout and functionality. Content that is pulled from the Celsys servers, however, is still in Japanese. There's nothing I can do about that.
If you can read/write Japanese (or can copy and paste to an online translation utility) and know a bit about programming, you could help with the translation work – not just of the new versions when they come out, but Legacy versions that are missing translations.
I have to forewarn you, though, it isn't easy or pretty. You have to hack numerous files with a Hex editor, where one out-of-place character might corrupt the file and then the patch will prevent the app from opening. If you aren't going to do the actual translating you have to use an l10n parser to extract the strings (and I'm unclear that there may only be one that actually works) and hand the strings off to someone else to translate.
There's really no reason Celsys couldn't be programming their software so it was easy to localize it, they just don't (or won't). But that hasn't stopped motivated people, particularly over at the Paint Tool SAI forums, from tackling it again and again. Paint Tool SAI, if you didn't know, is another popular graphics program, so fans of another program are the ones helping out CLIP STUDIO users.
Here's a quick overview of what's involved from forum member "BlackQueenKnight":
If you can't help out with the actual translation work, at least go visit the forums and maybe buy them a beer for all their hard work, okay?
MANY thanks to the CriGo, NeroNero, Trev, BlackQueenKnight, Memag, and my apologies to anyone I missed – the translation work has been ongoing for years and I'm not sure who all has contributed to the many, many patches in that time.
TRANSLATIONS FOR OTHER VERSIONS
If you need translations for other versions of the CLIP STUDIO Suite apps than the ones I've provided here, you * might * find them at one of the following websites:
Definitely your go-to for legacy versions. Also has some of the newer ones. Most are provided in both Korean and English, so pay attention to which version you are downloading. They are also all ONLY for the Windows versions (however the files in the "resource\other" folder will also work in the corresponding Mac apps "Content/Resources\other" folders, but only if the Mac and Windows apps have the same version number).
Look here for the latest translations of PAINT, LAUNCHER, and MODELER. When a new version comes out this is probably the first place you'll see translation files for it...IF the ones from the previous version don't still work. If Celsys hasn't added, removed, or moved features the translation files usually continue to work until they do change something that alters the menus or panels.