An easy, intuitive macOS software to make 2D hand-drawn animations!

Pencil2D Animation for Mac

Pencil2D Animation for Mac

  -  45 MB  -  Open Source
  • Latest Version

    Pencil2D Animation 0.6.6 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later

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  • Author / Product

    Pencil2D Team / External Link

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Pencil2D Animation for Mac is a lightweight but incredibly effective cross-platform 2D animation software built in an open-source environment under the Qt framework. After more than a decade on the market, this app managed to emerge as one of the most capable drawing software solutions for animating cartoons using not only traditional techniques but also utilizing new tools for managing bitmap and vector drawings.

This and many more features are packed in an archive of less than 50MB in size, enabling everyone to easily install this popular static and animated drawing tool to their Mac desktop or MacBook.

The history of Pencil 2D Animation for macOS development is long and turbulent. The app was originally unveiled as “Pencil” in 2006 but was abandoned by its developers in 2009 and became supported by the open-source community in 2013 when it was renamed to its current name. Since that moment, the app very quickly advanced to its current stage, incorporating numerous advancements in the 2D drawing and animation world, with numerous changes to the UI, bug fixes, and stability fixes transforming the app into a competent and reliable animation tool.

Pencil2D Animation for Mac features a minimal but tightly packed design that allows users to very quickly reach all the tools needed for tight management of both drawing layers and animation frames. The layout is additionally enhanced with the presence of advanced tools, such as the ability to load the video behind the canvas to more easily animate your 2D art. This makes the app perfect for all types of work, from training and experimentation to finalizing school projects, designing web art, and professional projects.

Testing and experimentation are helped with the presence of bitmap layers, with a seamless tool for switching to vector art that is used for final animation.

Finished single stills or animations can be exported to a wide variety of supported formats, including XML, SVG, GIF, AVI, MOV, and WMV for animation and BMP and PNG for still images.

Pencil2D Animation is 100% FREE, receives regular updates from its motivated open-source developer community, and can be used in both personal and commercial projects. The app is optimized for all modern versions of macOS.

Also Available: Download Pencil2D Animation for Windows

What's new in this version:

- Update metainfo.xml for v0.6.6