A tool that will help you draw animation.
This is a portable software, so you don't have to install Pencil. It means that it can be stored on a removable drive and used on any computer. Plus, your Windows registry entries will not be changed.
The interface of Pencil is plain and simple. You can start a new drawing from scratch or open an image via the file browser or "drag and drop" method (in the BMP format only).
So, you can use basic editing tools, such as sketch, coloring, draw, polyline, erase, clear, fill, color picker, select, zoom and modify curves.
In addition, you can configure options when it comes to color, size and feather, enable size with pressure, as well as preserve alpha, use a timeline, and others.
Furthermore, you can use the undo and redo functions, import images and sounds, create a new layer (bitmap, vector, sound, camera), import a palette and export a SWF movie, image sequence, and more.
But you can also configure general settings (e.g. window opacity, shadows, vector curve opacity and smoothing) and options regarding files (e.g. enable autosave) and the timeline (e.g. frame size in pixels, timeline size in frames).
The graphic editing tool requires a moderate amount of system resources, includes a brief online help file with snapshots and didn't freeze, crash or pop up errors during our tests. On the other hand, we would have liked the possibility of applying drawing effects and filters. Nevertheless, we suggest you test Pencil for yourself and find out if it fits your preferences.
Reviewed by Elena Opris, last updated on April 17th, 2012
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What's New in This Release:
- changed the way documents are saved: vector graphics are now saved in separate xml files. Saving files now rewrites only the changed images. Attention: Pencil 0.4.3b will not open the new document format 0.4.4b. - autosave option. - vector graphics file (.vec) can be imported at specific frames - improved the brush in bitmap mode. Introduced "preserve alpha" and "stop at contour" options. - a document now remembers the last layer, frame and view used by the user. - the window can be made translucent. - improved gradients (feather) in vector mode. - bug fix: timeline did not refresh until the user clicks on it. - bug fix: single click on sliders did not work
Application descriptionPencil is an open source multi-platform that was build to help you create traditional hand-drawn animation. The interf...