For children, animation seems like magic. As adults, we want to create our own magic. Animationist for Mac tries to help fulfill this wish by making it feasible for the average person to animate graphics.
Animationist for Mac takes graphics and animates them in a completely user-defined format. You can modify and customize graphics easily using a variety of features. However, creating animations with this program can be a little confusing and complicated. The video tutorials are a good place to start figuring out how to animate. The program also includes samples that show a wide range of possible animations that the program can create. In order to animate, the user first needs to create or upload graphic elements. Next, the elements need to be sequenced. The sequencing is shown in the interface and is easily adjusted. The interface is easy to use and the functions are readily accessible. The demo version is free to use but it places a watermark on all animations. The complete version retails for $29.99.
Animationist for Mac succeeds at creating animations using made or imported graphics, although the process may require a steep learning curve. This program seems suitable for student and amateur animators. Although the program is loaded with options, professional animators may feel restricted by some of the preset features that are not adjustable.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Animationist for Mac 1.0.