It’s ten days passed by since the new version of Synfig Studio got officially released but I guess it’s never too late to announce it here. ^__^
Synfig Studio 0.64.0 splash screen by Nikolai Mamashev
This release includes the brand-new cairo rendering engine, as well as our improvements – simple plugins system and disabled keyframes. That’s it – the features developed during the work on Morevna Project Demo now officially included into Synfig and this is a significant milestone for us, of course.
And yes, Synfig isn’t crashing anymore when you try to disable keyframes. ~_^ The new version also includes the stickman template, available as a plugin called “Simple Skeleton”. That means the stickman is now a part of Synfig Studio and will be updated with its development. Though, we do not exclude possibility of publishing more alternative versions of stickman, but they will be provided as Synfig plugins from now.
As many of you know, this April I was happy to attend the Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) event in Madrid - the largest conference for free software graphics application users and developers. Much thanks to all community members who made this trip possible!
It took some time for me to analyze the results and have everything settled in my mind. So, today I would like to present a personal report about this event.
As it was promised, today we’re releasing all files for our character template. That’s it – we’re publishing the basic charater for you to play with and reuse. Under the terms of CC-Zero 1.0 license, of course.
To use the template you will need the latest versions of Synfig Studio and Papagayo, which we have updated as well. Please get them at the software page.
But there’s not all. During the last period we worked hard testing the template and end up with more than one character. So we decided to publish them all. That means instead of single sample character you will get a library of characters. Expect more characters to be added in just a few hours.
Also, if you remember, today is the day of my workshop at LGM, where I will be explaining how to use this template. Everyone who is planning to participate in the workshop, please working files here.
Please don’t forget to install the latest versions of Synfig Studio and Papagayo (from the software page).
For the people who cannot attend the workshop, I’ll try to record the screencast, combine with the video and publish it online. That surely take some time, but let’s hope that will work out finally.
March 25th, 2013 by Konstantin Dmitriev
Tags: drafts, fanart
As a followup to the previous fanart post, I have decided to go for a little experiment and suggested a test task for Anastasia. I sketched a character pose draft like I usually do when we work with Nikolai and then she made a final artwork out of that. Here’s how it turned out:
Just for reference, here’s how the sketch provided by me looked like:
March 11th, 2013 by Konstantin Dmitriev
Good news happened last week!
First of all, the campaign to fund my travel for Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) have reached its goal! That means I will be able to attend the event, do the workshop there and collaborate on Synfig code! Yay! My deep thanks to all contributors for their support. It’s realy awesome to see such a commitment from the community and it’s another sign that things are getting serious around Synfig. ^__^
It’s most likely my workshop will be on April 10 afternoon (14:30), Wednesday (official program is expected to be announced in a few hours). Besides the main LGM schedule, the April 14 is planned for off-program meetings and hacksessions. I will arrive to Madrid on afternoon of April 9th and leave on early morning of April 16th. I hope we will have enough time to collaborate.
Also, I’ve got a response on my offer to organize additional workshops on my way to Madrid. As result, there will be an additional workshop in St. Petersburg (Russia). It is planned on April 4th and chances that we will have one more on April 5th. Details to be announced soon. EDIT: Details are announced now – http://spospb.blogspot.ru/2013/03/synfig-studio.html.