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
83 Ratings
83 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.


So far nothing can compete with this.

You can tell this was made by an animator and that’s a good thing considering he knows what we need without having to be told. The dev is also very supportive; I emailed him about the apple pencil not working as I’m sure others may have done and a couple days later it was fixed. Oh and the ability to go back and forth from adobe flash makes my iPad so much more useful to me.I would like this review to be constructive though so here are some things that might be worth adding:
- A curve editor for the pen pressure (this is a big one for me since I’ve got a light hand)
- The ability to turn pen pressure off completely. I think this is in the app already but it doesn’t work.
- A dark or sepia colored workspace option.



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!


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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