Pencil is open source software that can be used to create 2D animations. This software will allow you to design bitmap and vector graphics for you. Since open source or free softwares are becoming popular among the professional graphic designers this would be useful for the software designers who can’t afford much capital on their graphic development work. This software was developed by the Pascal Naidon by using the computer language C++ and Qt based. Pencil is 2D software that can be operated in Mac, Windows, Linux and BSD operating systems. The current version available for the free download from World Wide Web is 0.4.4 b. The early versions of pencil are 0.4.2 and 0.4.3. You can create traditional hand drawn cartoons using this pencil software. However pencil is not for the designing of the software on web. It is for designing simple animations. You can design animated cartoons using this simple software.
The current version of pencil can be downloaded free from its official website. If you search by the queries “Pencil Software” or “Download Pencil” in a search engine like Google or yahoo you can see the URLs related to the pencil software. Remember it is not available for buying. So always use the official website for the downloading purpose. Open source software developers always try to develop software on behalf of the community those who can’t afford for the softwares available for the high prizes in the software market. So you can contribute any amount you like for this developer if you like and satisfied with your pencil software. If you donate at least few dollars that would be helpful for the number of software users who are depending on pencil and who can’t afford for the softwares sold in the market. So if you can better donate using your pay pal account. There is a tab available in the official website and you can donate the desired amount there.
So let’ get started with pencil. Download the setup programme and run it in your computer. There are separate links for the software download in pencil website. Each link is created to download the same version of the pencil software for different operating systems. This will install the software to your computer. Sketch your cartoon using the pencil tool available in the software programme. Insert frames to the figure. There is also an eraser tool available in this pencil software whenever you want to make the necessary changes. The tools, paint brush and the bucket are available for you to add colours if necessary. You should right click on the timeline you need to add a sound layer. Sound may be essential for your animated cartoons. Choose the layer and import the sound you are having in your computer.