Archive for July, 2009

Synfig Studio packages update

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Synfig Studio packages have been updated. Please grab them from the packages page.

Major reasons to upgrade:

  • Reverse manipulation for scale convert type
  • Improved UI
  • Keyframes are now displayed in Curves panel
  • Keyfames are now draggable
  • Tablet settings are remembered
  • CPH monitor to collect statistics about crashes

More info:

A long time the only way to change keyframe position was only through editing Keyframes panel. In this version keyframes are displayed on the timeline and (yes!) you can drag them with mouse. You can also shift a bunch of keyframes by dragging with ALT key pressed.

New panel on top of the canvas window shows and allows to change display mode for a canvas. For example, it’s very handy to see which ducks types you have enabled at the moment.

Also, there is a good improvement that allows to manipulate ducks converted to “Scale” type. This improves workflow very much for such techniques like “Sewing Blines”. This improvement is one step to the “Smart tangents linking” feature.

Sometimes there are nasty changes in Synfig code happen and that causes overall Synfig instability. To track those changes we now have a tool called CPH monitor. It collects information about Synfig crashes and should give us necessary statistics about its overall stability. Of course this statistics is very approximated and depend on user activity type.

I think that update deserves a screenshot:

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P.S. By the way, CPH is stands for “crash per hour”. ^_^

Pencil packages

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Pencil is a open-source software for making traditional (frame-by-frame) animation. Now we packaging Pencil too, because we using it intensively for producing animation sketches (animatics).

NOTE: You need Qt >= 4.3.4 installed to run Pencil.

What’s up?

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

You may notice decreasing of post count here lately. No, we’re not dead – just busy working on the project! Lots of news and unfortunately completely no time to write about.

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