Now, I’m aware some of these may already be on the Pencil2D bucket list or have been mentioned by other users, and that the program is being developed voluntarily, rather than a streamlined process. Also, some of these may already be features, but I’m just not aware of them, so, sorry for any annoyance my messy and possibly ignorant list may cause. This might be a bit of a long post, too.
Firstly, I would just like to say I’ve animated in a WIDE variety of programs (from animating in single layer programs and using something to edit it together all the way to Adobe Animate), so I have quite a few opinions on certain features they have.
Also, I’ve used Pencil2D in the past (Don’t remember the version, but it was late 2015. It’s improved a lot :0), and have only recently started using it again because my Adobe CC subscription ran out and I’m unsure if I want to continue it.
Anyway, onto the list!
It seems this one is already in development or planned to be, but I’m gonna add it anyway. Sound scrubbing is a super useful feature. I’ve been spending tons of time trying to sync lip-sync in my recent animations…
More conveniently located onionskin options.
Sometimes I only want one frame forward and backward showing, sometimes I need more. It’s a real pain to have to go all the way to preferences to change it.
The ability to change vector line art color
This suggestion is related to a certain problem I had concerning drawing vector lines over my sketch. Two possible solutions are layer opacity and this. It would be nice if I could draw the vector line art in red and replace it with black later.
Previewing your animation (through the camera layer)
Every time I’ve been wanting to preview my animation with the camera layer movements I have been exporting videos. You can see through the eyes of the camera if you click on the layer, but for me, it’s awkwardly zoomed-in/unproportioned (which also makes MAKING the camera movements difficult). Though, for previewing an animation, I’m pretty sure the program would just be creating a quick video file anyway…
“Combining the sound and images”
What I mean by this is that the animation and audio are very separate. Sometimes the animation lags, but the audio keeps on smooth-sailing and everything is unsynced.
That’s actually all I have right now, tbh. Thanks for reading! I might make a post in the “bugs/glitches” section of the forum later. However, I’m going to figure out the more specific errors and conditions of which they occur, first.