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This page contains a roadmap with defined goals for each release. See Software roadmap for things we want to do with synfig at some point. See Release for the process we go through when releasing.

As an open source project, synfig is relatively young. As a result, it has lots of creases that need to be ironed out. The copyright is sorted, the code compiles fine, but there are warts when running the code. To smooth out those warts, we need people do investigate and fix the following. We cannot do everything ourselves, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

Tasks, to reach a final version of 1.0


  • A different color dialog to easier pick and change colors.
    • A color wheel like inkscape has (or the same)
    • Swatch menu from gimp with .gpl files.


  • Workflow improvements, like content help and ui-refinement.
    • set the fine line between design and animation work.
    • Greet the user at startup, give hints and help in the ui to better the usability and user-experience.
  • test synfig cross-platform (Linux, Windows, Mac)
  • Installer for windows
  • Pluggable App (run from memory stick)
  • make a short film about synfigs capabilitys in a starwars kind of spaceship setting as promo video about 3 minutes long.


  • Sound layer
  • full tablet support
  • small set of vector contend for fast animation results
  • Help is available as pdf-file and distributed with the program


  • Import rastergraphics png, jpg, tif [done]
  • Import vectorgraphics (svg,fig)


  • Render output to animated gif [done]
  • Render output to png, bmp, OpenEXR [done]
  • Export vectorgraphics (svg,fig)

Things, which are also accepted in our patch tracker

  • create better builds for MacOS X.
  • fixes for any of the open bugs.
  • embedded source code documentation
  • Write a tutorial
  • translate into your language
  • test synfig and confirm open bugs

Easy coding tasks

Put here tasks for new developers, to make them able to dive into the code.

  • Synfigstudio needs verbosity levels for the error output. Levels are info, warning and error. Make sure, to spew out only errors when something nasty happens. If someone wants to know all what happens in synfigstudio, the user should activate a higher level of verbosity with the command line switch --verbose=all,info,warning
  • Synfig and Synfigstudio need a usage screen, which helps a new user to type in the right syntax on the command line. Any switch not known to the program should point to the usage screen. On the bottom of the usage screen could be a hint: " For more help use synfig --help"

To the old Releases

Just for reference.

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