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Synfig's Future

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 by darco

output I got a comment from Lucian on my post about the werewolf video on YouTube. I felt my response would affect enough people that it was worth blogging about. Here is what he wrote:

Is this project still Up and Running. I'm interested in Synfig. I want to create some animations (and tutorials) but there are no movements in this project for couple months. I need some documentation for this app. There are a lot of things that can't intuivly learn only just by looking at the program. (I tried to document some features on Wiki). I think the major problem to this project is the missing documentation (not the people). I think there are a lot of people just like me who tried to figure out how this app. work ... and give up. So .. is there anyone in this project ...

The project is not dead per-se, but I am not able to contribute to it in any significant capacity any more other than to be a resource for anyone with questions. Paul Wise(aka: Pabs), who has all but taken over managing the project, is currently on a three-month long sailing trip. Things have grown a bit stagnant without him.

Honestly, I think the biggest issue with Synfig is usability and stability. Resolve those issues, and people will spontaneously submit documentation and tutorials. At the moment, it is so obtuse that it turns people off before they understand it enough to contribute. They just see pretty pictures and videos and scratch their heads wondering how my company did so.

It is a bad situation which makes my heart sink. I'd love to contribute more to the project, but I don't have the time or the energy to do so unless it:

  1. Is directly related to something related to my job, or
  2. It becomes a significant source of income.

I realize that the sorry state of the website is stunting the growth of the Synfig community, and I'd like to do something about that (ie: having a website with a forum). Unfortunately that goal is months away, at least.

Ultimately what is needed is for some people to help set up and maintain a real community-oriented website. I cannot be the driving force behind Synfig right now or in the foreseeable future, so some other qualified individual (or group of individuals) needs to take over daily management and maintenance.

Anyway, I'd just like to remind people about the IRC channel, #synfig on Freenode. If you are a Jabber user like myself, you can join the channel thru my freenode gateway as well.

YouTube Werewolf

Thursday, November 30, 2006 by darco

HeLooksHungry It looks like the werewolf animation that we created at Voria Studios has been somewhat popular on YouTube, even apparently inspiring someone to make a video response. This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Interview about Synfig

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 by darco

An interview I did about Synfig with Eugenia Loli-Queru was just posted on Worth a read.

Making the Voria Logo

Thursday, December 22, 2005 by darco

voria_logoAs many of you may know, sometime around 2002 I began work on starting my own company. In January of 2004, that dream was realized as Voria Studios. That company has come and gone, but the logo that I made for that company lives on in Synfig. So where did this logo come from? Well, it's an interesting story. And like most stories, the best place to start the beginning.

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Synfig Studio Users

Monday, December 19, 2005 by darco

I've started to notice people posting about their experiences with Synfig Studio so far on their blogs and flickr, which is great! Some people have even gone ahead on their own and started creating animations—a feat which I find to be rather impressive given the current documentation.

Working on

Saturday, November 12, 2005 by darco

As you may have already noticed, I'm doing a bit of work on From now on, all Synfig-related announcements will happen there.

Don't forget about this happy blog of mine though. All of the hits I get makes me feel all important and stuff. I fear my ego will deteriorate rapidly.

Synfig 0.61.01

Sunday, November 6, 2005 by darco

Here is the latest Synfig release.

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Synfig Build Issues

Thursday, November 3, 2005 by darco

If you are trying to build Synfig and having trouble, read this post.

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