“...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.”
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Posted by Konstantin on April 24, 2011
We have started wrapping up things for the new release, so it’s a good moment to have a look at current state of things.
Carlos have finished the Advanced Outline layer and it is ready for your tests and feedback. Unfortunately, currently it is impossible create Advanced Outlines using the Draw Tool - this feature is postponed for the further releases.
Nikita has finished easy BLine editing feature and added guides system. Now he is started porting different parts of Synfig Studio to Cairo. Here’s his brief report about the current status:
"Right now, there's a framework for adding in other renderers such as OpenGL or Cairo. That borrows about 50% of the old work on OpenGL branch. There's also a dummy Cairo renderer that basically takes images rendered by the software renderer, puts them into Cairo then runs them through a pipeline and converts them into the target format. Basically, each layer can now implement a “cairo_render” function that would allow it to be rendered by Cairo. Speed is very slow with this back-and-forth conversion. And about a third of the render targets do something weird or core dump (only if cairo rendering enabled, of course)".
While the Cairo renderer is still a long way to go, there’s already some work done on porting Synfig Studio interface and it is subject to be included into new release. For example, you can notice nice and smooth look of the ducks on the canvas.
One last thing to mention is about changes in our development workflow. We started using Pivotal Tracker for development process management. Looks like it makes really fun to track the features and issues. You can visit project page and watch by yourself (don’t forget to look at the “DONE” panel).
That’s all news for today. Stay tuned!