Animation-ish is one of those great little programs that are so much fun to use that it’s hard to stop making drawings and watching them come alive. With the program I can create animations from my own sketches to use on greeting cards, movies and business presentations. I can also embed my original creations directly onto my website.
The kids are pretty happy with it too. They like making their own art and enjoy impressing their teachers by animating their school projects. It’s a great tool for them to express themselves and encourage their creativity.
The Animation-ish design is clever and the tools are easy to use. It only takes a few minutes to turn a drawing into an animated design. There are three skill levels to choose from, so even beginners can take right off with it and create designs they are proud to share.
To help you get started quickly, Animation-ish is loaded with ideas and packages that make the first step easy. A complete set of starter ideas called “Project Vault” is included as well as more than 50 video clips, called “Inspire Me,” from Peter H. Reynolds. By using the “share” feature that is built in, even a novice user of the program can export the finished file to multiple formats. If all else fails, go to the online lessons that are available from Peter and the animators who created FableVision.
The system requirements are pretty basic. You should have at least an 800 MHz Intel Pentium III with 512 MB of RAM and a 24-bit color display with a resolution of 1024 x 678. You’ll also need an Adobe Reader, a Quick Time Player and a video card that supports OpenGL or Direct 3D. Optional is a Digital Drawing Tablet produced by Wacom.