Pivot Animator

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Pivot Animator
Pivot animator logo.jpg
Pivot Animator 4 running on Windows Vista
Pivot Animator 4 running on Windows Vista
Developer(s)Peter Bone
Stable release
4.2.6 / June 28, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-06-28)
Written inDelphi
Operating systemWindows
TypeGraphics software

Pivot Animator (formerly Pivot Stickfigure Animator and usually shortened to Pivot) is a freeware application that allows users to create stick-figure and sprite animations, and save them in the animated GIF format for use on web pages and the AVI format (in Pivot Animator 3 and later).[1]

Pivot provides a simple, easy to use interface with a few features. It uses fixed length 'sticks' to ensure size consistency during animation.



Peter bone began programming when he was around 15 years old in IBM BASIC. His Dad taught some basics and taught the rest. He made some very simple games but learnt all of the basics of programming. Later he did an engineering degree.He had the idea around 2001.His step brother was attempting to create stickman animations using MS Paint. He would draw a stickman, save the file and then draw it again slightly moved and repeat. He would then use some video editing software to combine the frames into a movie. Apart from taking a very long time, one of the problems was keeping the proportions of the stickman constant.Peter Bone thought there must be an easier way but he couldn’t find anything online apart from very complex and expensive animation software such as Flash. A couple of months later the first version of Pivot was born. The name was created when I first saved the project after creating one line pivoting on another line and the name stuck.

First release[edit]

The first version of Pivot Animator had several software bugs. Stick figures were limited to one type of stick figure, the default stickman. Animations could be saved in the .PIV (Pivot Project File) or exported as Animated .GIFs (Graphics Interchangeable Format). Users were given few options of image optimization, compression or resizing when saving their animation.[citation needed] This Was one of the first animation programs available on the computer.

Pivot 2.2[edit]

The second major release of the Pivot Stickfigure Animator. This version implemented the 'Stick Figure Builder', which allowed users to create their own stick figure designs saved in the STK format. This allowed a much wider scope of animation choice for Pivot users. It also fixed a few minor bugs, added the buttons to the main interface to bring a stick figure in front or behind other figures, and could automatically check to make sure the user didn't lose any unsaved projects.[citation needed]

Pivot 3.1 Beta[edit]

A stick man animation made in Pivot

This release was sent intentionally to the Pivot Animation MSN groups for testing but the Beta was leaked from various unofficial sources to the general public.[citation needed] There was an improved interface, with new icons, a better default stickman with bolder arms and legs and a reorganization of the features. New features included the ability to import any image as a sprite to be moved around in the animation like a stick figure. Another added feature was the ability to have multiple backgrounds in an animation. When a user saves a .piv file, the frame rate is saved with it.

Pivot 4.1[edit]

Pivot 4.1 beta was released on January 2, 2013, with new features including.[2]

  • Figure opacity
  • Extended canvas area
  • Multi-select and edit figures
  • Stretch segments using the Ctrl key
  • Rotate / scale figures using the Alt key
  • Image based figure and background selector
  • Split a segment into 2 in the figure builder
  • Copy and paste frames
  • Improved Gif export options and quality
  • Avi video export
  • Join figures tool
  • Png support for sprites and backgrounds
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Multiple languages and the ability to create your own translation
  • Multiple frame onion skins (0-9)
  • Undo / redo
  • Image preview of Stk files when loading figures

Pivot Animator 4.1.10 was released as the "stable" version of 4.1 and is still the latest non-beta version so far (as of October 2015).

Pivot 4.2 was announced on December 23, 2014 followed by a beta release on January 1, 2015.[3] New features include copying and pasting selected stick figures and sprites, a transparent figure builder window,[4] and the ability to export images in the Scalable Vector Graphics format.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adrien-Luc Sanders. "Animation Software Review: Pivot Stickfigure Animator". About Technology. about.com. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Pivot Downloads". Pivot Animator. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
  3. ^ "Pivot Official Website". Pivot Animator. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Pivot Downloads". Pivot Animator. Retrieved 20 July 2015.

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