“...That was the original idea from day one - the elimination of the tweening process. But it is certainly not the only feature of Synfig that makes it unique. In addition to eliminating the tweening process, I also wanted Synfig to be used for pretty much every part of production except story-boarding and editing.”
Posted by Carlos on November 14, 2010
Synfig Studio developers are proud to announce the release of a new version of Synfig Studio - 0.62.02. This is an update delivering some minor imporvements and bug fixes. The main features and changes are listed below. For detailed list of changes please refer to the NEWS files in the source code.
Sewing shapes together is an important technique when creating artwork. In previous versions shapes had to be created in a specific way in order to allow sewing, or it would result in twisted tangents when linking two tangents of different color. Workaround is explained in the special Sewing Blines tutorial, but it’s kind of tedious work to link many tangents. Also, this behavior was not obvious for the new Synfig Studio users.
Luckily, this isn’t the case anymore. The new Synfig Studio is smart enough to properly link tangents. This change deprecates concept of the “tangent color” for the user, as well as the Sewing Blines tutorial.
There is a video showing this feature in acion. Please notice, that it was shot during the development stage and differs slightly from the current version: "Smart Link" has become the default link behavior, and, since users no longer need to care about tangent colors, all tangent ducks are now yellow.
Another usability change for this version is the new option for default blend method. Default blend method is controlled by the drop-down list in the toolbox. It defines the blend method for newly created layers and usually it’s set to “Composite” which is perfectly ok for most layer types.
But some layers in Synfig Studio are intended to operate in the particular blend method different from “Composite”. For example, the typical use of Shade Layer requires it to have blend method set to "Behind" and the Blur Layer gives expected results with "Straight" blend method (see this forum thread for more information).
Regular users reported that it is annoying to need to change the blend method when creating layers like those. Now, with blend methods set to "By Layer Default", the user gets the proper blend method for each layer type as it is defined by the layer itself. For example, adding a Shade layer with the "By Layer Default" blend method selected, the layer's blend method is set to Behind as expected.
Blur, Radial Blur, Noise Distort Half Tone 2, Half Tone 3 and Luma Key layers have changed their default blend method to "Straight". Bevel layer has changed to "Onto" and Shade layer has changed to "Behind".
When creating animation in Synfig Studiio user should modify layer parameters having animation mode switched on. If user modifies parameter in animation mode, then parameter becomes "Animated" and tends to change its values during the animation.
Many users have noted that certain layer parameters are almost never animated. One of them is a "Blend method" parameter. It was a common error to modify the blend method while an animation mode, creating a waypoint and causing the layer to switch its appearance halfway through the animation. To avoid this error, the user had to exit the animation mode, modify a value that didn't need to be animated, and then return to animation mode. In this release we have introduced the option of making a layer parameters "Static", meaning them immune to being animated
To use the new functionality just right click on a parameter and select "Forbid Animation" from the context menu. The string "(Static)" will appear close to the type name of the parameter. To restore it as a normal parameter right click again over it and select "Allow Animation".
Some layer parameters are now set to "Static" by default when the layer is created. For example. the "Children Lock" parameter of new Paste Canvas layers cannot be animated unless its default "Static" status is turned off.
We are lucky to have Yu Chen (jcome) working on artwork for Synfig. He has done a lot of work to bring us a new set of icon files, as well as reorganizing the naming scheme for the source images and grouping them by color style. Panels and all of the layers now have new icons and a number of the other icons from past releases have been reworked to fit with the new style. Also the panels icons have been changed and some other icons have been reworked.
There are several more changes to mention: