Hi there I’m Ayetach, I used to work closely with developers Oluseyi and others when initially reformulating Pencil code from Pascal’s original work. The hope we had (or at-least I did) was to construct a workflow of development alongside content creation to promote the software as new things were added or changed within Pencil, one such project was the ‘Solid State’ pilot project. I had recently been cleaning up lots of old archives and came across these design concepts that I thought you guys might enjoy. Pencil has certainly seen some changes since its undergone new management and who knows perhaps this will inspire you guys, either way enjoy what has been proposed in the past.
One of the initial improvements some of us were keen on making was unifying the toolset interface:
This was a conceptual (dark mode) with a completely refined toolset interface, tab-able projects/scenes & colour pallet system. This might have been among the more ambitious proposals for design changes but since we were brainstorming all kinds of things our vision had no limits in what we could put together:
A different conceptualisation more closely resembling the version we were working towards which altered the tool-set interface, a new projects window, audio tracing & timeline control interface (note the tooltip by the cursor modelled with a shortcut to tool functions and another for search functions using the spacebar):