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

What's New

Version 1.6.3

- Import multiple images as sequence (requires iOS 11 or higher)
- Reduced drawing lag at beginning of stroke
- Faster loading
- Bug fix: crash on importing video
- Bug fix: failed to move exported video to iCloud Drive

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
81 Ratings
81 Ratings

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.



Works just like an animation program should! My only complaints are with the GUI. There are a couple of niceties I'd like to see. The ability to touch-hold or double-tap a frame and get a copy/cut/paste menu. The ability to slide or touch-hold to change values more quickly. A small popup or temporarily change the example in the brush button to show the size, style, etc. of the brush while changing the size or opacity. Those would greatly speed up my workflow!

Unfortunately, after beginning my project, a four-minute music video, I must amend my review and rating. The audio wave view just shows a vague representation of the sound. It does not show transients, masking it very difficult to find beats and to set cues. Also, the wave display cuts out at three minutes, despite still playing audio. Finally, the audio begins playing for no reason all the time, especially on opening the project. There's no way to stop it except to tap play and then stop. Except on doing that, the active layer disappears from view...

I really enjoy animating with this program, but the only way I can get my cues is to write them down from another program and keep a list. 😭 <- Yes, that's me crying, hoping you have an update waiting in the wings!

Awesome interface and features, but too buggy


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.

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.


32.5 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014-2018 Jacob Kafka


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