Stickman & Elemento is a 2D animation software created by Sven Nilsen. Nilsen started Cutout Pro in March 2006. The aim was to create tools for learning and creativity within 2D animation. The first version of Stickman was made to teach kids key frame animations in early 2004. In 2005, Nilsen used an expression language he invented as foundation for Elemento. The language allows one to express relationships between properties without concerning about single instructions. It was inspired by formulas in spread sheets. Originally Elemento was only intended for intern use. Then came the idea of using actions that constructed expressions automatically. This made it possible for people without programming skills to use Elemento.