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Synfig is a powerful, Film Quality, vector-based, 2D animation software package.

For Most OS (Except Mac OS X: unless you use FINK or Compile it yourself ....)

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Contributed by Dmitri Popov! Thank You!

Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources. While there are many other programs currently on the market to aid with the efficient production of 2D animation, we are currently unaware of any other software that can do what our software can.


2D Animation has traditionally been very expensive because every frame must be drawn by hand. Even with today's digital inking and painting software, the process still relies on individuals hand-drawing each frame. This laborious task is called "tweening".

Synfig eliminates the task of manual tweening, producing smooth, fluid motion without the animator having to draw out each frame individually. This allows you to produce 2D animation with fewer people while producing art of a higher quality.


"that was the original idea from day one---the elimination of the tweening process. But it is certainly not the only feature of Synfig that makes it unique. In addition to eliminating the tweening process, I also wanted Synfig to be used for pretty much every part of production except story-boarding and editing."


 Spatial resolution-independence
    Most elements are vector-based, and all layers are parametrically generated, hence even when changing the target resolution of a project, the only pixelation will occur in imported raster images, not the built-in components.

Temporal resolution independence
    Animation-keyframes are automatically interpolated by the computer, resulting in smooth motion

High Dynamic-Range Imaging (HDRI)
    By using floating-point math in the image calculations, HDRI processing allows canvases to internally understand a far greater range of pixel luminance, resulting in better lighting effects, and improved color composition.

Pentablet-friendly tools
    The draw tool already reads the pressure sensitivity channel off your favorite tablets, for natural line weighting, and more to come!

Artist-oriented design
    While it may not be obvious in this early state, Synfig (and its proprietary predecessors) has been designed from the ground up with animation workflow in mind.

Built-in CVS support
    I haven't tried this yet, but I saw it in the file menu and it looked nifty, so- Hey, feature!

Path-based Gradients
    Unlike purely SVG-based vector software, and most consumer-level animation programs, Synfig has full support for gradient paths - gradients that follow along a drawn shape. This allows artists to easily add soft shading to animation without the trouble of painting it onto every frame.

    Synfig supports a multitude of layers of various types; geometric, gradients, filters, distortions, transformations, fractal and a few others.


If you know of any other packages, please add them below or contact us and ask for them to be added here.
Type             Links                            Notes
Source code    ETL synfig synfigstudio    Please read the build instructions.
Windows XP & Vista    gtk gtkmm

synfig synfigstudio
   Has important issues. All four are required, see the install walkthrough video.
MacOS X       Taken offline, has major issues
Ubuntu    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) and later in universe. For information on Synfig on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex see this link.
Debian    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Debian 5.0 (lenny) and later in main
Fink    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Fink unstable
Momonga    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Momonga Linux 5 and later
Zenwalk    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Zenwalk extras
Gentoo    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Gentoo Project Sunrise
Arch Linux    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Arch Linux unsupported
Pardus    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Pardus contrib
FreeBSD    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in FreeBSD ports
Mandriva    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Mandriva /contrib/backports
openSUSE    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in PackMan
Slackware    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in
Fedora    etl synfig synfigstudio    Available in Red Hat Bugzilla
PCLinuxOS       Available in the synaptic Package Manager.

OK. Be Warned: This thing is NOT easy to install! It comes in a bunch of pieces and Some Assembly is Required!  :o  ??? better stay away, all ye novices ...
« Last Edit: November 21, 2010, 05:34:53 AM by Software Santa »


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