Awesome Stuff: Tools For Animation

For this week’s awesome stuff post, we’re keeping it simple with just two items, both of which are free and open source projects having to do with animation.

  • First up is Tupi: 2D Animation Software for Everyone, which is exactly what it sounds like. The software looks very user friendly and fun to play around with.
    They’re being a bit ambitious, looking for $30,000 and they still have a long way to go, but with three and a half weeks to go, if they can get some more attention, they still have a shot. The main reward levels are more like sponsorship levels, allowing animators to promote their works on the Tupi website, which may or may not be of interest to some. Still, the project itself looks quite cool.
  • Next up is a more specific project: apngasm, a tool for making animated PNG images, while also pushing to get past the animated GIF, and finally moving to PNG instead. Just like regular PNG images are much better than regular GIF images, the animated counterparts represent a step up as well.
    These guys started with a much more modest goal of $5,000, which they’ve just about doubled, and there’s still a week to go.

I hope everyone has a nicely animated Labor Day weekend (if you’re in the US) or just a regular weekend if you’re elsewhere.

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