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Open Source/Free Software

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 3:06 am
by spasmodic_cheese
Post Any software you find in your travels that you've found useful for any aspect of animation.

Free Lightweight 3D Modeller

Free Vector Drawing Tool(just merged with sodipodi)

Feature Rich 3D Modeller

SMOOTH TEDDY - ... index.html
A Strange Simple 3D Modeller

A GUI frontend for tracing tools:
Excellent line art tracing tool
Photo vectorization

A raster based editor, has a 'likeness' to Adobes Photoshop, windows version

a very interesting free video editor

Free Scripting Writing Software

Theres plenty more I've missed, so get posting!

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 4:26 am
by Lost Marble
Audacity - Free audio editor

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 7:24 pm
by AlexPico
Kino- Excelent Non Linear Editor for digital video (Linux)

Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2004 12:24 pm
by cribble
Wink - Captures on screen movement, or window movement etc. Ideal for making tutorials. SWF output.
Wax - Video compilation and editing tool. Also has a SWF output.

both can be found at:

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 1:12 pm
by Simpy (Free 3d Modeller + Animator)

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2004 8:00 pm
by rhythm_dj
Acoustica mp3 audio mixer.
perfect for mixing complex multi-tracked soundtracks to a single mp3 or wav to animate to in moho

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2004 8:42 pm
by kdiddy13
Art Rage -

This was recommended by spasmodic_cheese in an unrelated thread. Thought I'd put it here for everyone ;)

Just tried it out. Pretty cool. It's a fun and simple paint program for Windows. But most importantly it's free

free vector editor

Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 10:09 am
by Vitaly
Creature House Expression, free vector editor, now from Microsoft, Windows and Mac! versions. ... sp?pg=home

Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2004 6:51 pm
by GullyFoyle (for the software)

and (for the community)

Looks like a Shake/Combustion thing.

Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2004 8:36 pm
by tknaps
"GraphicsMagick is a robust collection of tools and libraries which support reading, writing, and manipulating an image in over 88 major formats (...)"

"CinePaint is a free open source painting and image retouching program designed to work best with 35mm film and other high resolution high dynamic range images."

"Arabeske Studio is a Java tool designed to help arabesque drawings. It is particularly aimed at 3D artists wishing to use complex patterns for their scene settings, including walls, parquets, windows... but can be used as a special 2D drawing tool to design original patterns."
NOTE: Click on "Developer" to download...

"FreeJ is a digital instrument for video livesets, featuring realtime rendering of multilayered video and chained effect filtering directly on the screen."

"Kandid is a system to evolve graphics. Graphics, in Kandid, is not drawn by hand. Instead new forms can be found using genetic algorithms. "
NOTE: This is very cool!

"Freeware fractal flame editor for Windows"
Note: See also

"celtx is simple, easy to use software designed for people who work in Film, TV, Theater and New Media. It enables you to work digitally on script based projects, either on your own or collaboratively with project team members."

and finally, in case you need some music for your animations but is completely helpless in that department .... :)

"Automatous Monk is a Java application that maps cellular automaton evolutions into music."

Have fun,

Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 12:11 pm
by cribble
(Plug In for Flash MX) Cel Shader MX - Creates really great toon effects and shades with this fill tool for Flash MX

Posted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 4:59 pm
by spasmodic_cheese
stumbled across this on flashfilmmaker

MonkeyJam is a free digital pencil test animation program for Windows. It also has a stop motion mode that can be used to aid in the creation of traditional puppet films.

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 9:16 pm
by kdiddy13

It's not all free, but most of it's cheap or has demo versions of things. Whenever I have a task I need to do once (like renaming and image sequence) I go here first, they almost always have something. Good for Mac and Windows (as well as a few other OSes).

Posted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 9:19 pm
by kdiddy13

A freeware Multimedia viewer, browser and converter. It'll even rename image sequences for you. Great for keeping track of digital photos and movie clips. I prefer it over ACDSee if only because it's free and does everything I want from it. Works on quite a few OSes (including Linux). It's been nothing but good for me!

Posted: Sat Oct 16, 2004 7:50 pm
by tknaps
Just saw this posted on Slashdot. Looks VERY cool, but haven't tried it yet:

The Inkulator9000:

Creates vector graphics which looks like inked sketches from 3D models.