Monday, July 12, 2010

Patch for Pencil

If you have read my previous post you already know what Pencil is all about. When i saw that it was developed in Qt I got really interested in having a look at the source code. Lucky for me the source code was pretty clean and since i already have good experience with Qt I was able to figure out the bits and pieces. So one of the Items on user requested features was "duplicate frames" As this is a traditional drawing software, drawing frames which are pretty close to each other is very common and duplicating the frames feature helps a lot in reducing the time for completing the task at hand. So I thought it would be a nice feature to implement. Im' done with the code, iv'e tested it and to the best of my knowledge it works well. So if you want to try it out grab the source code patch from here

Ps: this patch is to be applied on the source code available in the trunk. I've not put a good icon for the operation yet. This is how it looks right now...
And just for the kicks.. here is another animation i made using Pencil tool

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pencil

I've been trying to do traditional animation based on the tutorials at http://www.karmatoons.com/drawing/drawing.htm
All was fine but i wondered if there was a software which would help me make the animation on the computer just like i would do on a sheet of paper. One google and 5 minutes later.. i found http://pencil-animation.org/ a slick lightweight tool for making animations. I've been tinkering around with the software and have made a couple of small animations.




Btw.. you can create a gif from a sequence of images using convert command.
"convert -adjoin animcyl00?.jpg cylinder.gif" where.. animcyl00?.jpg refers to the image sequence and cylinder.gif is the output file.