A fully featured hand drawn animation application for iPad. Made by an animator, for animators. Powerful enough for professionals, simple enough for beginners. Everything you need to create traditional hand drawn frame-by-frame animation, anywhere you go!
- Timeline with unlimited layers and easily adjustable exposure length of individual drawings, for pose-to-pose or straight-ahead animating
- Onion skinning
- Preview playback
- Scrub along timeline
- Import audio for lip syncing
- Import video for rotoscoping animation
- Custom brushes
- Supports Apple Pencil, Adonit & Wacom Bluetooth styluses
- Control framerate and resolution
- Export animation to Quicktime video, GIF, or image sequence
- RoughAnimator projects can be imported to Adobe Flash/Animate, After Effects, and Toon Boom Harmony
- Improved GIF export with less flickering of colors
- Onion skin opacity is lower on farther frames
- Can delete multiple selected drawings at once
- Relabeled a few things to be hopefully more self-explanatory and intuitive
- Project list has thumbnails
- Increased height limit to 1920
- Minor bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
So far, it seems like what I’ve been looking for!
I’ve only been playing with it for a few hours, but I think I actually found a decent animation app for iPad. The layout of the tools is perfect. Everything I need is where I can tap it easily. This has been a frustration for me with a lot of the apps that hide things in pop up menus. And oh my gosh, an actual traditional timeline that you can edit on the spot! It also feels nice to draw in and responds well to the Apple Pencil. A lot of apps don’t have a lasso tool, and I never understood why, because it’s one of the most useful tools in drawing and animation apps. This one has it and it works perfectly! Finally, it isn’t blurry, even when zoomed in, which is also a problem I’ve noticed with a lot of the apps I’ve tried. I’ve had a project in mind to work on for a long time, and I think I’ll test it out in this app. Keep up the good work, animation apps are one of the things severely lacking on the iPad. This fills an enormous gap for me!
Awesome interface and features. Perfect tool for animators!
This app is everything I want in an animation app. Wonderful interface, excellent feature set. But the bugs make it practically unusable. The Apple Pencil support is poor, making uneven lines and accidental pressure blots at the start of the stroke. It also crashes when attempting to import a file from the windows version. Interoperability with other platforms was a major selling point for me, but not one of them work well together. If the developer would fix the bugs then this would be my favorite app on the App Store. If the developer is listening, please let me know where I can file bug reports. I’ve sent you emails but they appear to have been sent into the void...
Just tried 1.5.7. Apple Pencil support is still very bad. Every stroke starts with a blot at the beginning. Pressure is erratic.
Just tried the latest version. Apple Pencil support appears to be fixed!! Thanks for continuing to improve this! I’m having a blast with it now!
I’ve been using the app for a while now since pencil support was fixed and it continues to be my favorite app on the App Store! A feature request that could really improve the experience:
Mirroring support. Being able to see and sketch from a reverse angle really helps get proportions correct. It’s the most major thing I miss when roughing out an Anim.
Thanks so much for this app!
Developer Response ,
Hi, Apple Pencil should be working better in the latest update. Sorry it took so long! Let me know if it's still a problem.
You can tell...
I'm an amateur animator. Do it as a hobby. I'm also a tool guy who likes to have tools that let me just get on with it.
You can tell the maker of this app is an animator because the way things are laid out speaks to many of the shortcomings I've seen in other animation apps: LAYERS (big one); dynamic controls over frame length (clever implementation) which really lets you focus on performance for a given action... especially if you are building up your performance and have multiple characters on the screen doing different things; page flipping: the control is placed just right for testing out your motion drawings/key frames... there are more...
Although it has all these great things, there is an area I think might clean it up a little bit: substituting icons/images in place of the wording in some of the control buttons, like a wrench and a gear for 'tool options', a mini version of the timeline icon for the timeline button (maybe a long bar on the bottom with two short bars stacked on top); for the onion skin: either an onion (cheesy?) or three generic images (circle maybe?) with the first and third slightly transparent.
Of course, add explanations for these into the help file too.
Overall, this is a great app and I've already made a short 10 sec animation on something that's been bouncing around in my head and in idea drawings trying to find the right tool to get it in motion... this app has helped me to get there.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.