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Synfig Developer Preview

Tuesday, November 1, 2005 by darco

Ok everyone, the day has come. It's time to release the Synfig source code to the world.

NOTE: Bandwidth issues should be fixed.

A Developer Preview

I am releasing the source code and some binaries for the purpose of trying to find some other individuals interested in helping me push the project forward. Don't expect to be able to do amazing things with this software just yet. It needs some work. If you are interested in helping out, let me know!

Where is the developer website?

You are looking at it right now.


This program needs a lot of work in the user-friendlieness department. Thus, reading the tutorial is mandatory! You can find the first tutorial here.


All binaries (including windows binaries) can be found here.


Synfig Core requires the following libraries to build:

  • Libsigc++ 2.0
  • Libxml++ 1.0 (although 2.x may work)

Synfig Studio requires the following libraries to build:

  • Gtkmm 2.4


If you are feeling adventurous, you can try building Synfig from the source tarballs. You can find them here.

Having build issues? Go here.


If you would like to report a bug, join the mailing list, make a feature request, or whatever, then check out the Synfig SourceForge Project Page.

The Synfig API Reference is available online for your convenience (or try this).


All of the code released today is released under the GNU GPL. Ignore the alpha license included in the binaries. I'll change it out soon.


Special thanks goes to:

  • Adrian Bentley (Engineer) - My business partner and good friend. Has made significant contributions to the codebase.
  • Rabecha Lenhart (Animator) - Ninja Artist.
  • William Short (Animator) - Too bad everyone thinks he's Mexican.
  • Darrin Michelson (Graphic Designer) - Everyone's favorite Jew.


Whew... Well, there you go. Three years of my life. Rip it apart, people.

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