Wednesday, May 24, 2017
I’m trying out animation tools for the Mac but none of them is exactly right.
I like Toon Boom Studio but it won’t export an animated gIf. What the hell? You have to import each frame to Photoshop and export from there. That’s OK if your animation is like 24 frames long (like this one) but once you get anything longer that’s insane. The drawing tools are medium good. No brush tool presets or anything, but it’s pressure sensitive.
Digicel Flipbook seems easier but the drawing tools aren’t good. It claims to have pressure sensitivity but I can’t tell that it does. Oh, it won’t export an animated gif either, just a sequence you have to put together in Photoshop. I like the vertical timeline layout but if I can’t draw like myself it’s kind of useless. I had huge hopes for this and I used their free tech support, which did answer my questions, but basically this is a tool for pencil tests only. It does claim to support being able to register scans done on three-hole punch paper (I have 3D printed 3-hole punch registration pegs) so that may prove useful, but this isn’t the great tool I hoped it would be.
Photoshop still isn’t great (or good) for animation, but it does let me draw like I want to.