Think its time for some bug fixing and QOL improvements
I wanted to address this separately. Personally I understand how you feel, seriously I do but first of all we’re all just volunteers there s not Pencil2D company or foundation, it’s just 5 people working on it for free, and the devs work as hard as they can on their spare time but even then they can only do so much.
It’s not like we can match Adobe or Toonboom in development pace, and now with the COVID pandemic, most of us have been affected one way or the other, so efficiency has plumetted. I wish we could do more about it, but unless we have people willing to contribute we don’t have the resources to fix everything immediately. I’m sorry but it’s the truth
Despite that fact and the current issues we’re all facing, discovering and suffering from previous versions, this new version has over 600 individual refinements, features, enhancements and fixes from a full year of work.
We have not announced it globally because we were waiting for other maintainers to catch up and meanwhile we wanted to use this time as a testing passive period to find the most pressing issues to fix with a patch.
That said, we’ll seriously look into these problems and try to investigate how to improve these areas.
However I’ll be honest with you, if you’re having such an incredibly frustrating experience with Pencil2D, maybe it would be worth considering to use something else while the program is fixed, and trust me I don’t say this lightly, take this as advice coming strictly from a professional standpoint. Quite simply If the tool you’re using is not up to the task at hand, just drop it and find a better one.
To help with that I’m going to post here a list of alternative animation applications:
From that list simple to use software I can recommend is:
Wick (Free + Browser based)
Tupi (Free + Desktop)
Roughanimator (~$5 + Desktop & Mobile versions)
In reality I wouldn’t want you to abandon Pencil2D, but I’m much more worried about you losing time and work because the tool gives you trouble, than trying to keep you as a “customer”.
You can still use Pencil2D to export GIF’s and stuff like that. But maybe you could try to use other apps to draw and color the animation and then export an image sequence to finalize the work in Pencil2D or in a video editor, you shouldn’t feel restricted to use a single application, at least not if you’re using open source software