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Look Ma! FREE 2D Animation Software!

omG! So I was up at about 1am randomly searching Google for stuff, as I do that from time to time, and found a piece of Open Source and or FREE 2D animation software, Pencil. It ROCKS! Enough talk, let me show you.

Straight on animation tutorial using Pencil.

BTW, using another FREE resource to record this, Jing by Techsmith, more on this later.

By |February 23rd, 2008|Animation, Awesomeness|0 Comments

Wacom & Cintiq, better than porridge!!


Wacom has made their Cintiq interactive pen displays Goldilocks approved! That’s right folks, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and even Baby Bear can have their own Cintiq now!

We start with Papa Bear and the classic Cintiq 21UX at $2,500.
For Momma Bear we have the Cintiq 20WSX at $2,000.
And for baby, the Cintiq12WX at only $1,000.

Oh yeah, and lets not forget our little cousin from the East, the panda, and what do panda bears eat? Bamboo (small)!
At under $100 Wacom has introduced a new line of everyday/consumer pen tablets called Bamboo.

Anyway, I’ve got my eyes set on Baby Bear, (Cintiq 12WX, pictured) it seems “just right”.

By |December 31st, 2007|Awesomeness|0 Comments

Bryce 5.5… for FREE, Totally Legal!!

Hey kids, since the kind people over at DAZ 3D came out with Bryce 6, they have released Bryce 5.5 FREE to the public!

Here’s how you get it:

1. Go to http://www.download.com/.

2. Simply type Bryce in the Search window.

3. Download the program, and yes it’s available for Mac and PC.


By |September 5th, 2007|Awesomeness|0 Comments

FREE, Open Source, and PLE software for the Artist!

Want to be creative on your computer? No budget for software? Provided you follow some simple rules, here are some very powerful programs that only cost you the time it takes to download.

FREE: Use this software as you please

Open Source: Use this software as you please, add to it (help program it with the community of users), distribute it… or just simply enjoy it.

Personal Learning Editions (PLE): This software is usually a limited version of a commercial product from a company. There may be a size, or time limitation for projects you create, or even a watermark added onto your final files. PLEs are aimed at students and teachers, and people who just want to try out a program without a 30 day demo limitation. You cannot use PLE software for profit.

With that being said, enjoy the list.
Thanks-Tony Ross

Film-Quality 2D Vector Animation
http://www.synfig.com/
Synfig is a powerful, industrial-strength vector-based 2D animation software package, designed from the ground-up for producing feature-film quality animation with fewer people and resources.

Synfig: Open Source/ FREE

3D software
http://www.blender.org/
Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.

Blender: Open Source/ FREE

http://sketchup.google.com/product_suf.html
Google SketchUp is a deceptively simple, amazingly powerful tool for creating, viewing, and modifying 3D ideas quickly and easily. Google SketchUp was developed to combine the elegance and spontaneity of pencil sketching with the speed and flexibility of today’s digital media.

Google SketchUp 6 : FREE

Sound software

By |September 3rd, 2007|Awesomeness|1 Comment

I want $3,000…NOW!!

OK, first and foremost I am not obsessed with money. Trust me if the things I wanted were 5¢ each, I would be one happy camper! Lately everything has been floating around $2,500 to $3,000.
To start, the base computer I want (from Apple of course, love who your with) the Apple MacPro
drool, $2500.

I have a monitor, I have a Wacom Tablet, what I would love to have is fusion of the two… Cintiq Monitor
$2500.

I would also like to take this time to thank Adobe for putting ALL of their Mac software in one delicious bundle, Adobe Master Collection [Mac]
$2500.

The latest in this trend, at $3000, and the reason I was up at 3 am looking at demos and tutorials, is an incredible piece of software from Toon Boom called Digital Pro.

Time, and time again I have jumped from program to program just to get the animation results I wanted, all while working on the same project. No more. Toon Boom got it right, this software isn’t about building web pages, or motion graphics, it’s animation software, that’s right, pure unadulterated animation. You can do cut-out or traditional, add sound, color, auto lip-sync, and a true 3D, multi-plane camera!

Now, the good news. If you want to check out this sweet piece of software, and can’t currently spare the $3000, […]

By |September 2nd, 2007|Awesomeness|3 Comments

my book list… finally

Hello!! Long time between posts, yeah I know. Balancing marriage, work, freelance, working on my book, and not to mention my 3 year old miniature schnauzer, can take it’s toll. But after relocating one of my favorite books The 60-Second Procrastinator, I have finally created my long awaited book list in the form of tonyteach :: the store. Listed are all the books that I not only recommend, 98% of them are currently on my shelf. Take a look and enjoy.

By |September 1st, 2007|Awesomeness, Thoughts|0 Comments