Early Access – few weeks away!

Niels Krogh MortensenUncategorized65 Comments

Earlier this year I mumbled about reaching beta this August (aka now). This is NOT going to happen (booo!!) A certain problematic feature took much longer to do than anticipated. Great things take time (apparently). And we still have a bit of distance to go.

HOWEVER (yaaay!?) We really want to still do the pre-release! So, while we press on, working on the remaining features, we are soon letting you take Animation Paper for a spin! - We need it to be fully tested! Draw! Animate! Give it a good beating! ... and then give us your feedback.

Technically it's an alpha (just means it is not finished, missing planned features). This pre-release, as well as the following alpha and beta updates, - will be free!

Give us a few more weeks and I will be back with download links to all who signed up for the early access/beta/pre-release - emailed directly to you.

I am very proud of Animation Paper - and I can't wait to show it to you!!!
Niels Krogh Mortensen

UPDATE (October): So. What does "few weeks" actually mean? It turns out that "many weeks" is probably more accurate! πŸ˜‰

We're going as fast as we can. Must... resist... too many... extra ideas and improvements. We are busy and having fun. But we want to have you test it! I know!

Alright, back to work. I'll keep you posted. Niels

65 Comments on “Early Access – few weeks away!”

  1. Scott Robinson

    Could it be possible that United Airlines might look at your Animation Paper app and have some animators use it to make a Disney-style hand-drawn animated commercial for United Airlines with George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue playing in it?

        1. Niels Krogh Mortensen

          Yeah, it won’t be long now. Still loads of things for us to though before we can go public with it though. The alpha pre-release will be coming your way in a matter of weeks. Pretty soon. πŸ™‚ The final finished version will be next year.

  2. Mark Fearing

    Excited to try the final application. I think it will work great for some projects of mine. Looking forward to trying out the Mac version. I realized only recently that there is not a great hand drawn solution for the Mac. I’ve been using Photoshop to get some timing and roughs done but the frame-by-frame tool is pretty unstable if you build up a large file. iOS has some better hand drawn animated apps, but they are too limited for what I am working on. I’ve used After Effects, Flash (back in the day) but doing hand drawn was always a pain as it required several steps and made altering and revisions even more tedious.

  3. Guillermo Hernandez Cordero

    PAP was already one of the best software for hand drawn animation. Now AP with its use of color and X- Sheets and more will be the best software ever all over the world. I’m sure that animators such as Patrik Smith, Sylvain Chomet and others will dont think twice to use AP. And maybe even the great Bill Plympton too who knows!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Niels Krogh Mortensen

      Hi Michael,

      We can’t tell yet. We are going to do a lot of testing to determine this. Testing on Raspberry Pi is in our plans too.

      But without having tested it, I would guess it will work just fine on Raspberry Pi 4. πŸ™‚

  4. Michael Mannall

    Thanks Niels,

    That sounds hopeful for my current situation.

    Furthermore, I offered to test AP on a Linux-based PC, which obviously is currently impossible. However, I can test it on a range of RPi’s covering most of main devices used in homes (the original Pi, the B+, the 3, and hopefully a 4 very soon).

  5. Todd Dolce

    I’m very excited and nervous at the same time. I mean I hope its user friendly enough for a rookie like me who wants to try and take a dip into the world of animation with one of my static characters. I understand that it will take some serious learning and adjustments on my end having to learn the world of xsheets, lip synching etc.

  6. Michael Mannall

    Todd, if you want to get some practise in before Animation Paper’s release download Plastic Animation Paper. The User Interface may appear and feel rather odd, especially compared to AP, but it will provide you with something to do keyframes and inbetweening, as well as preparing the timing for when AP is available.

  7. Julien Rashti

    Hi Niels,

    I just saw the very popular Procreate is coming out with animation capabilities soon. I know you’re planning to do an iPad app which I’m sure will be awesome also. Just wanted to make you aware so you can tweak your marketing accordingly!

    1. Niels Krogh Mortensen

      Thanks Julien, I know πŸ™‚ Procreate is a great art tool. I like it a lot. But as I understand it, the animation capabilities are very limited. This could change with time of course. πŸ™‚ But focus of Procreate and focus of Animation Paper are very different. You can’t really compare the two I think.

    1. Niels Krogh Mortensen

      Hi Andy,

      For some reason I missed your comment and only approved it now. Sorry about that.

      I’m glad you’re excited. I am too! It will be a few more weeks still. If you signed up at the front page of this site, you’ll get an email with the link as soon as we are ready (so you don’t need to check every day) πŸ˜‰

      Best, Niels

  8. Patrick Wilson

    I tried to sign up to get early access, but a ‘page not found’ message came up.

    What I’d like to know is whether there will be ‘bones’ in Animation Paper, or will one have to redraw many frames in order to get movement?

    Is there a way I can register to get early access before full release, please? I’m on Mac.

    Thank you, Patrick

    1. Niels Krogh Mortensen

      Hi Patrick,

      Yeah, I know about the page not found thing. Getting fixed. However, you and others experiencing the same problem did get registered, so no worries. You’ll get in on the early access versions.

      Animation Paper is based on the art of traditional hand drawn animation, which doesn’t lend itself too easily to artificial inbetweening or complex bone rigs. But going forward into future versions we plan to dream up more clever and useful functionality. So bones are definitely not out of the question – as long as we find a super efficient, simple and user friendly design for it, so it fits our clean concept.


  9. Chris Collins

    oof, sorry everyone. I think I figured out what “feature” is slowing down a beta release of AnimationPaper. Now this is just speculation but i think the “feature” is actually LINUX. Being a little trickier but also the obviously superior operating system, it would make sense that Niels would switch his focus onto the release of that version of the program. :p

    1. Niels Krogh Mortensen

      Haha, thanks for guessing Linux Chris! (and for the subtle reminder! ;))

      It’s actually not Linux. πŸ™‚ Lot’s of small things are just taking slightly more time than anticipated. Especially making use of the GPU for line drawing, introducing paper-texture on pencil strokes and not least none destructive scaling has been tough. But we are concurring it all – and we are getting there!

  10. Scott Robinson

    I found out on the internet that Walt Disney Animation Studios plans to return back to hand-drawn animation and I think they will need the Animation Paper app that you are making once it’s finished to make the return to hand-drawn animation return. Could that be?

  11. Hans Jacob Wagner

    Hope that you have adopted some of the fill commands from toonz.
    I have found them extremely efficient, and for some reason not developed into any other program.
    Look into selective fill in toonz.
    And ibispaint/ AI paint. If you could control and animate your colors with an algorithm like that 😁

    Ses ..

    1. Niels Krogh Mortensen

      Hej Wagner πŸ™‚

      Thanks for mentioning this. I am actually aware of both. We are doing a nice fill tool including functionality similar to selective fill of Toonz. But in AP we try to make it much better UX πŸ™‚

      The first version of AP will have these simple but effective coloring tools. For one of the coming up future versions we will add some kind of semi intelligent/automatic coloring.

      Coloring is, as we speak, the one part we haven’t started implementing yet (everything is planned in detail though). Our soon to come pre-release is an alpha, which means, as you know, not everything is done yet. Coloring is the one big area that is still on the todo for the final release. An exciting area to dive into for me designing it. πŸ™‚

      Thanks again for your comment – comments like yours help form Animation Paper. Tak! πŸ™‚


  12. Martin Shellabarger

    I am excited about the upcoming release! Kudos to you and your team, Neal, for not only being professional, but also being a real animator, and being super-friendly. I am using TVPaint Pro and wonder if AP will import files from this program.

    1. Niels Krogh Mortensen

      No worries, Martin πŸ™‚ It’s a common mistake πŸ™‚

      To import from TVPaint or any other software just do a framestack (a sequence of numbered png’s or other format) – and that will go right in to AP.

      If you are thinking of something specific going from TVPaint to Animation Paper, let me know and I will have an answer for you – or be gifted with a new idea for input functionality! πŸ˜‰


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