Pencil Animation

Pencil2D is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.


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15 thoughts on “Pencil2D

  1. Eric

    The saving works now, right?
    Absolutely perfect program for me but the last version of Pencil did ruin a couple animations.

  2. Joseph

    Downloaded and looked so promising, but… it crashes every single time I try and load a sound file into it. Is this a known problem?

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      I think there are some issues related to sound files inside Pencil2D. Maybe they are what you mentioned above.

      Please, would you mind to make a new post on the “forum” (not here) explaining this in more detail, and informing the developers the Operating System that you are using while performing the issue.

      Thank you, and welcome

  3. BOB

    I can’t seem to do anything in pencil, its like Im drawing on an invisible layer, I can’t see what I’m drawing. I can’t find anything on my particular issue, someone please help. I can’t tell if it’s because this is an old version of the program, and it’s no longer being updated or if it’s something I’m doing wrong.

  4. Nick

    I download it for Mac. It work, but I don’t change Keyboard shortcuts (only standard shortcuts work). Also import video don’t work. I hope, what it will be fixed later. Good program!

  5. Mario

    thanks for all. i’m interested in learning new things about design stuff. if you know any youtube channel with dynamic videos i’d be grateful

  6. Donovan

    Hello, I am currently using the original Pencil software, and I am wondering about a few things before I try this:
    Is there a straight line tool?
    Is there a circle/eclipse tool?
    What is the main difference between Pencil2D and the original Pencil program>


  7. Me

    So… Just… Bad. I know you can’t find any good, free animation software online, but this is just ridiculous. This sets a new minimum.

  8. Dave

    I can’t find any ‘import’ function in the layers menu along the top of the windows version. And, there are only three types of layers in my copy – bitmap, vector and camera, no sound.

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