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Screenshot of the Pencil2d software (version 0.6.4)
Screenshot of the Pencil2d software (version 0.6.4)
Original author(s)Pascal Naidon
Patrick Corriari
Matthew Chang (current)
Initial release2006; 14 years ago (2006)
Stable release
0.6.4 / 31 May 2019; 11 months ago (2019-05-31)[1]
Written inC++[2]
Operating systemUnix-like, Windows, OS X
Type2D animation software

Pencil2D is a 2D animation software that runs on Microsoft Windows, OS X and Unix-like operating systems. It is open-source software, released under the GNU General Public License and uses the Qt framework. It is used for making cartoons using traditional techniques (tracing drawings, onionskin ...), managing vector and bitmap drawing. It works in particular on Linux, Mac OS and Microsoft Windows.

It allows exporting the animations in an XML file or an SVG vector file, as well as a sequence of images in PNG, BMP or GIF format, and also in a video file in AVI, MOV and WMV format , mp4, etc


The original version of the software was formerly called it's Pencil, created by Pascal Naidon and Patrick Corriari in 2006, but was abandoned and discontinued in 2009. After the original authors abandoned the project, forks allowed it to continue. It was used in 2013 by the authors of the Morevna Project , a cartoon project under a free license .

The project then continues on the site. in spring 2019, changes are made to the organization of updates, with the deletion of the CR, not used and more regular updates whose version numbers are even with patches, and more occasionally, odd versions adding features. The goal is to quickly fix bugs as soon as they appear, rather than letting them accumulate, and to offer stability fixes more quickly . It starts with version 0.6.4, released in May 2019. The developers are also setting up a project upload page in order to establish a library of tests for debugging and validity tests .

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Pencil2D Team (31 May 2019). "Pencil2D v0.6.4 released!". Pencil2D Animation. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Contribute". Pencil2D Animation. Retrieved 27 August 2019. Pencil2D is developed in C++ and Qt Framework.

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