Synfig is a 2D vector animation
film production system that runs under Linux, MacOS X and Windows.
project overview and history
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.
One of the major and unique design goals of Synfig was to automate the
tweening process, which involves smoothing out the coarse
transitions from one image to the next.
Synfig started off as a commercial application. Primary developer
Robert Quattlebaum's company Voria Studios, LLC released the software
as open-source under the GNU GPL in early 2006.
A January, 2006 OSNews
interview with Quattlebaum covers the reasons behind this decision
in more detail.
Synfig version 0.61.06 was recently
"It is the result
of more than a year of contributions by the free software community. It
has far fewer bugs, several usability enhancements, a set of new
Tango-styled icons and other improvements."
Linux screenshot shows the application's user interface.
A few short animation clips are available on the Synfig
they can be viewed with the
Additional demos have been posted on
The quality of the demos shows that the software is indeed able
to produce useful animation.
Synfig is available for download in source and package form
here. There are
a number of
available for learning to use Synfig.
The project is currently looking for assistance in the areas of
C++ programming, art and documentation. Interested people should
take part in the July 28, 2007
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