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Pencil

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  • 5.8
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  • 65
Softonic
  • 7
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License:
Free (GPL)
Language:
English
OS:
  • Mac
Latest version:
0.4.4b 09/04/08
Last month's downloads:
866
Size:
9.9 MB
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Pencil is fully compatible with:

  • Mac OS X

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Minimum requirements
Others: Mac OS X 10.4 Intel
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Available languages

  • English
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Pencil 0.4.4b 09/04/08 Free (GPL) English
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Limitations

Create animated digital comics

James Thornton

Pros
  • Clear, customizable drawing interface
  • Neatly-organized timeline
  • Open source
Cons
  • You'll need a graphics tablet to get anything impressive out of it
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Pencil is an animation/drawing software that lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics.

Pencil is free and open source. Pencil is not intended to mimick web-oriented vector-based animation software such as Flash. Its main purpose is to make traditional animation.

Neither does it try to rival commercial software targetting the professional animation sector. Pencil is intended to be a simple program enabling anyone to make 2D animation.

"Pencil is Fabulous & Free!"

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  • usability10
  • Stability10
  • Installation10
  • Functionality10
  • Appearance10

Pencil is a very well rounded and complete application. Don't be fooled by the fact that it is free! With regard to Pencil, free does NOT mean inferior. Furthermore, the old saying, "You get what you pay for," does NOT apply in the case of Pencil. Many other companies charge FAR MORE, and give considerably less than Pencil.

Pros
  • 1) For Mac, Linux, & Windows
  • 2) YOU choose max layers & key frames
  • 3) It has bitmap, vector, sound, and camera layers
  • 4) User manual can be downloaded
  • 5) Import & export images
  • 6) Tablet compatible
  • 7) Price...did I say it's FREE!
Cons
  • No circle tool for my shaky hands to make heads, eyes, and wheels.

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