South Australian Artist, Writer, Video Producer and Animator, David Arandle working under the pseudonym 'The Extraordinary Tourist' or 'TET' for short Blogs about his personal animation projects as well as Tips, Software Reviews, Featured Animators Animation Business and a whole lot more.
Pencil is a 2D bitmap and vector based, free animation tool for MACs, Windows and Linux that I'd like to say is the perfect introduction to 2D, computer assisted animation but can't.It is a great tool. Synfig Studio is intended to be professional 2D animation software and is available to download for free.
Can't draw or animate to save your life but want to create cartoons or explainer videos? I think that if you had that success, you should consider to offer the precompiled .deb package to the creators of Pencil, to make it available via their website. Stickman Learning Edition - Stickman is a 2D animation program created by Cutout Pro for children and amateurs. Stickman 4.9 -  A professional 2D animation tool, so easy to use, that even children can use it!
It's great for learning or just trying stuff out, but it certainly isn't what I would consider production quality software. But if you must waste your time then try it.FOSS is not about being just a 2nd rate software. I've got Feisty, installed the libs, but compiling won't work, either with Mac-source oder Windows-source. Reply Nicknamz on June 4, 2007 6:43 pm Is a cool begining i think, i like the program is simple, maybe time bring more new features and bugs fixed.
Reply j0llyr0ger on June 5, 2007 2:53 pm Since you are mentioning commercial softares also- have a look at Anime Studio. Instead of spending hours tracing images by hand, Streamline can generate line art for you in minutes from any image or image area.
You can even make movies with pictures created by internal image editor or any image editing program.
In fact you can create an entire animation within Pencil, including audio tracks, and then export it all to a single movie file that you can upload anywhere. If you enjoy BlenderNation and you think it’s a valuable resource to the Blender community, please take a moment to read how you can support BlenderNation.
Two major complaints I have (other than not running in linux) are a problem with the vector tool (it always moves my curves into the corner of the paper after I draw them, maybe I'm just not using it properly) an heavy memory usage (or maybe a leak)I've tried PAP as well, but I find it a lot more complicated to use. Had that also been the case of Blender, then I wouldn't have ordered the Official Blender Guide Book.
Reply Bmud on June 4, 2007 8:09 pm I've been hunting for something like this for a long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long long time.


The drawing tools are a little strange and not perfect, but easy to get used to.If you are looking for inexpensive 2d animation app that can produce pro looking output, have a look at Anime Studio.
Many people adore 2d animation and some just do not want to waste months acquiring the technical skills to start practicing 3d .There are some amazing 2d animation programs available for free download. Border includes more than 150 different patterns (so far) which can be adjusted in various ways to fit round anything. I do know blender is always ready to compete -- it has its own strength, as well as, weakness. Stickman is a 2D animation program created by Cutout Pro for children and amateurs.An online library of figures is integrated into Stickman, ready for drop in directly into the scene. The level of technical skills required for fluent usage of the programs varies between the different 2d animation programs. This one started as  Ktoon that at its early stages only worked on Linux operation system. On top of that you could choose to edit all your frames in any bitmap editing software you choose then just import them into Pencil, add some sounds, export to a movie file and you're done.
And it does so in the grand open source way!If you haven't heard of Pencil you've been missing out. Using it you can make your own animation easily and effectively.Monkey JamAnother free 2D program is Monkey Jam. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (Cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. If you are professinal you can create your own figures in the program \\Elemento\\, also created by Cutout Pro.
If that's all you need to do I highly recommend this software - its free - so give it a try.Once you get into vector animation the frustration starts to set in. Currently, if you want to rotoscope a sequence of images, you have to load each image frame by frame, and it is very long and tedious.With a bit of luck, this feature could be added and the software improved in the direction of a rotoscoping tool. Crashed three times for me on XP, so I'll be looking forward to future, more stable releases, but it looks like it could be good. If you haven't properly closed an area you'll keep getting a warning message telling you there's a gap in your drawing or you've 'Zoomed Out too much'.
This is a known problem that is documented within Pencil's manual.It's frustrating because often there are no obvious gaps - even if you zoom right in to check.
It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics.
Pencil is free and open source.Pencil is not intended to mimick web-oriented vector-based animation software such as Flash.


An easy to use programs that helps traditional animators arrange and display their work.Pivot AnimatorMake your own animation easily , without having special drawing skills using Pivot stick figure Animator. If you can't find any gaps then the best solution seems to be to break the area up into smaller fill areas using the 'invisible line' tool. This is a free animation software that allows you to create animations based on stick figures.
Then fill each section as you go until the area is all filled.Because of the buggy nature of this software, personally I wouldn't use it to create anything too advanced like a full vector animated movie. Neither does it try to rival commercial software targetting the professional animation sector.
You can use it to create straight forward stick figure animations or you can use detailed character which will be animated based on stick figure joints.
Pencil is intended to be a simple program enabling anyone to make 2D animation.Give the program a try. Another REALLY pro software (not open source) is the Danish "PAP", aka "Plastic animation paper". On the second there are ten frames for the fire.You'll notice there is also a camera layer in the time line. How odd.I'd take a shot at compiling it myself, or running it under Wine, but I'm really not very good with real pencils, so I doubt this app would change anything.
Just like other layers you create key frames for the different camera shots.For GoAnimate users you'll need to create a camera layer for your object with just one key frame. You'll then need to size your object relative to how big you want it to be (initially) compared to the stage (generally it's best to make sure your object always fits within the stage.
You can easily make it larger once you've imported it onto the GoAnimate Stage).You'll then need to position your object in the top left corner of the stage with the corner being approximately in the middle of the object as shown below. Whilst it's great for backgrounds, animated props and heads, it cannot save files in the correct format for characters.Despite it's short comings I've used Pencil to create all my vector based props on GoAnimate. Sometimes I drag my feet thinking, oh no, I don't want to use pencil again, but, unless you want to buy some software, I haven't come across any other free vector animation software compatible with GoAnimate.Like I said it's a good stop gap. If you find yourself using Pencil a lot and you're really interested in flash animation then you'll probably want to buy something better eventually.That aside, for a free program it really does have potential. The drawing tools are quite basic but, with enough patience, you really could do some very impressive animation work.



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