A brand new version of the free, open-source 2D animation software Synfig Studio is now available to download.

The first release of the cross-platform software in well over a year, Synfig Studio 1.0 builds on its claim of offering “industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation” with a suite of new and improved features.

Among them is an improved user interface that the project developers say is ‘easier’ and ‘more intuitive’ to use. The client adds a new single-window mode for tidy working and has been reworked to use the latest GTK3 libraries.

On the features front there are several notable changes, including the addition of a fully-featured bone system.

This joint-and-pivot ‘skeleton’ framework is well suited to 2D cut-out animation and should prove super efficient when coupled with the complex deformations new to this release, or used with Synfig’s popular ‘automatic interpolated keyframes’ (read: frame-to-frame morphing).

via OMGUbuntu.co.uk