Pencil 0.4.4b
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Simple animation planning tool.   Free
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Pencil is an animation/drawing software.

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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Version 0.4.4b: Intel native version now available.
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Negritude commented on 01 Jul 2013
This has been forked and replaced by Pencil2D:
[Version 0.4.4b]



iMacintoshPower reviewed on 03 Jan 2011
plain and simple animation app and its FREE! wow i tried this app before, and was kind of amazing from its basic animi tools. it is not advance like it said but it is pretty good. and save lots of money in your wallet beside purchasing another animations app for your mac. i'v been searching another free animation app and this the only app thats free for anyone out their.
[Version 0.4.4b]

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23surrea1 replied on 10 Apr 2011
i was wondering, does anyone know if you have to draw everything using the mouse? or is there another way to do that, because it's really hard to draw with a mouse.

iMacintoshPower replied on 08 Feb 2012
@23surrea1 yes, its called a trackpad. all you need to do is get a writing material like a pencil eraser tip or a stylus (recommended) and just draw on the the trackpad like its paper. There are other ways to do this but this is like the best/basics to animate on a simple computer.

Nanobite commented on 29 Aug 2007
Very impressive for an open-source animation program. Are there any chances of a universal binary in the future (if that's even possible considering the nature of the libraries)? That aside, it shows some great potential. Definitely keeping my eye on this one.
[Version 0.4.3b]



Leo Spill reviewed on 28 May 2007

Great release from Patrick Corrieri. Nice to see some entry level animation software for the Mac. ( I don't know if the Windows version came first or vice-versa but it is a shame that Mac developers don't produce great applications for young minds to grow/develop with and to explore their creative potential with )

Apart from a few exceptions there are no well-made tools for kids and beginners to experiment with digital art for the Mac. There are also not enough applications/games that aren't just beat'em-ups or inane puzzle games - Which often leads people to lump Mac users in the same mindless nerdy groupings as our PC users often are. Try finding some decent Mac learning applications for the young - They don't exist.

Kudos to Mr.Corrieri for bringing a little bit of creative fun back to the Mac !
[Version 0.4.2b]

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BIGideaRichboy commented on 25 Nov 2007
I've just got the Pencil program. Does anyone know how to work it or is there any online manual somwhere that can get me started.
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Version Downloads:8,025
Type:Multimedia Design : Animation
Date:04 Apr 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Pencil is an animation/drawing software.

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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