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About Tupi

Tupi is a free software/open source tool focused on the creation of vector animation in two dimensions (2D).

The main goal of this project is to provide an easy-to-use application for people of all ages interested in 2D animation design, using different techniques (cuts, stop motion, etc) from a friendly environment.

The final result of the projects can be exported either into video files (OGV, AVI, MPEG, MOV, etc) or image arrays, depending on the user's interest.

Storyboard feature on the way!

As result of the interaction with several digital artists around the world, this week I was working on a new feature: the Storyboard interface.
With this new option, every scene of a Tupi project can be exported as a HTML file following the format of a Storyboard.
Now, I want to share with you the first screenshot of this feature: http://alturl.com/szt7u

Time to keep coding! :P

Tupi + Theora = OGV Support

After two weeks of intensive research, finally I finished a functional version of a video export plugin using the Theora library.
Ok, but what does it mean? Well, that now users can choose between two different resources to export their animation projects into videos: the FFmpeg plugin and the Theora plugin.

Tupi now running on OS X using Macports!

Once again, my friend Cristian Cepeda makes a great contribution to this project: now Tupi can be compiled on Mac OSX using Macports! which means that the process is more consistent with the Mac architecture, so, our way to the .dmg installer is getting short. Thanks Cristian! :D

LGM 2012: Getting closer! :D

Heading to Libre Graphics Meeting 2012

Today I submitted a talk of Tupi to the LGM, one of the most important events about Graphics and Free Software around the world. This year the meeting is at Vienna, Austria and I would love to be there to spread the word about Tupi and to show the latest (stunning) features I have been working on.

For now, all I can do is wait and see if my talk is accepted. Please, cross your fingers! :P

2D Magic from the classrooms in India

This week I got an special email coming from my friend Hassainar Mankada, he is a school teacher in the Kerala's state, India.
He shared with me some pictures of his students using Tupi during their Animation class and now I want to share them with you.

Pictures like these make my day :)

An example of cutout animation using Tupi

With a lot of help from my friend Gustavo Deveze and the special collaboration of Jon "Maddog" Hal, it's my pleasure to announce our first short film using only free software tools (including Tupi). Take a look at our very latest work:

Now, from the Debian universe too!

Last night I got a message coming from Dmitry Smirnov, telling me that Tupi now is part of the package repository of Debian! [1]
Although often I was releasing a home-made deb package of Tupi, the true is that there wasn't any official relationship between this project and the Debian community. From now, things have changed.

The best of this news is that Tupi will be available for all the Debian derivates and most of its platforms!

- [1] http://mentors.debian.net/package/tupi

Tupi crashes with italian locale

I compiled Tupi 0.1-rc12 on a Slackware64 Linux system, but it crashes just after the creation of a new project with my italian locale.
The console output is
QWidget::insertAction: Attempt to insert null action

However if I run
LC_ALL=en_GB tupi
it works great.

If you need an italian translator for some missing asset, I could do it.

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