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Vectorian Giotto

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    3.6 stars

    out of 11 votes

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    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not very useful"

    December 5, 2013  |   By jfegglest83

    Version: Vectorian Giotto 3.0

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Runs out of memory far too quickly
    Can't handle much more than buttons or bouncing balls
    Crashes constantly

    Summary

    Essentially, if all you need this for is creating buttons on a web page, then it will work for you. Anything more than that however, and this can't handle more than a couple dozen frames. If you want to make actual flash animations I would suggest finding a different program because this one DOES NOT cut it. I'm very unimpressed and find that the websites claim that it's just like using Flash is extremely misleading. The interface is similar, but the quality of the program isn't even remotely close to the Adobe software. Not even remotely.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Alright SWF Software"

    August 5, 2012  |   By 44thdaniel

    Version: Vectorian Giotto 3.0

    Pros

    Export movie quickly.
    Free.

    Cons

    Not very simple to use.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great free product but some serious hassles."

    July 8, 2012  |   By TMNC61

    Version: Vectorian Giotto 3.0

    Pros

    Able to create complex animations in a freeware package. Easy and intuitive to use

    Cons

    Hogs memory
    Slow and prone to crashes
    Colors not always rendered correctly in Flash exports
    Can be fiddly to use

    Summary

    I've been using this program to create fairly complex animations, mostly using art I've created and imported from other programs as PNG files; kind of akin to traditional animation. Giotto handles this reasonably well but soon runs out of memory and hangs. Therefore you need to save your work frequently. If you're making anything more than 1000 frames long, it's best to divide your work into separate projects and join them together upon completion, after having rendered them to Flash videos and possibly then converting them to another format.

    If you wish to resize or move objects within the work area or "stage", you can do this using the usual type handles, but beware: you can't always position objects exactly as desired. There is a snapping function which you can turn off, but this seems to have no effect in certain circumstances. For example, when rotating an object, you get it almost to where you want it and then... snap! it jumps ahead and snaps to wherever Giotto wants it to be - not where you want it. Turning off snapping seems to have no effect.

    Another annoying issue is that when using a graphics pad and pen, getting the cursor onto the rotation handles is incredibly tricky. You seem to have an area of about four pixels to hit in order to successfully grab a handle. It's easy to think you've got a handle, look at the screen, do the rotation and find the cursor's dropped off the handle and is now rescaling your object.

    Then you find the pivot point moves between keyframes. You put it in point A in both keyframes 1 and 2. Then you look at KF #1 again and find it's moved. You fix it and check KF #2. You find the pivot is now at Point B. You move it back to point A and go back to check KF#1. There's your pivot, now at point B. I had to give up!

    Be very careful when working with layers. Unless you remember to lock those you're not actually working with, you can easily find you've unwittingly moved to another layer and have begun to screw up your work.

    You can render your work to Flash files but you can find odd outlines appearing where layers are meant to seamlessly blend into each other, eg. with a bending knee formed of two halves. Some colors such as gray, particularly if they're of reduced opacity get rendered as a pinkish hue, nothing like what was intended.

    Having said all that, I can tell you that the program is, nevertheless worth using. You just have to bear all the above, in mind. If you do, you can still create some great animations for free.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Except for the bugs, this is really amazing!!"

    May 15, 2012  |   By Matheus_Carvalho

    Version: Vectorian Giotto 3.0

    Pros

    You have the chance to learn how to make animations, for free!
    You can do vectorial drawings, morph the shapes, the only limit is your creativity.
    I plan to use it to prepare educational material. I think animations are an excellent way to teach and learn.

    Cons

    Buggy. It will crash after some actions, so it is good to save your work constantly.

    Summary

    If you want to make animations, you must give this a try. It is much better than GIF animations, and free.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nothing but crashes!"

    August 2, 2011  |   By JA54

    Version: Vectorian Giotto 3.0

    Pros

    Easy to download the program, thats about it

    Cons

    Poor description of functions, constant crashes, fails to create flash files most of the time

    Summary

    I spent a couple of weeks with this program trying to make a fairly basic animation using 2 bitmaps. I could not get rid of the white background on the overlaying bitmap without extreme difficulty "nibbling" away with the eraser. This caused the program to get slower & slower until it would crash. After long hours of playing I managed to get through it, but when I tried to export the file as a flash the program would close and the file would have 0 bytes. The crashing is intolerable and happens more and more frequently as you work with a file. It has taught me one thing, you get what you pay for, this program is useless!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to Use"

    June 23, 2011  |   By Sam_the_Clown

    Version: Vectorian Giotto 3.0

    Pros

    Free, attractive interface, good selection of tools

    Cons

    A few more tutorials would be nice

    Summary

    There are very few Flash design programs offered for free (Power Bullet Presenter is another one), so I'm thankful for this program. It comes with a selection of action scripts, templates and graphic tools for easily designing your own applications. The preview tools are easily assessable for viewing your work as you go. I haven't experienced any bugs nor crashes while using the program. Since graphic programs use a considerable amount of system resources, I would recommend a fresh reboot prior to using Vectorian Grotto, plus closing any other programs while using it. Hopefully, this will safeguard aganist any program crashes. Again, I've never experienced this situation. It's my desire that the program's developer continues to improve and offer further enhancements to the program. I like this one.

    Updated on Jun 25, 2011

    While I still like this program, I've discovered that many of the tutorials that accompany Vectorian Grotto were apparently not updated along with the program's updating. As a result, I'm left confused as what to do at some points because what I'm asked to click on is simply not there.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It is buggy! Icon won't scale to medium on Win 7!"

    May 30, 2011  |   By jdbparsons

    Version: Vectorian Giotto 3.0

    Pros

    awesome interface!! Creates SWF!!

    Cons

    I experienced crashes as well!!

    Summary

    Also on my Win 7 desktop my icons are enlarged to a larger size. This program's icon does not scale properly with the others when using either medium icons view (right-click desktop, then mouse-over view, then select medium icons) or large Icons view; Instead it gets grossly deformed when even at medium. I can understand some programs don't support "Large" format but this program does not even support "Medium" format. I might try to use IcoFx here on download.com to try to edit it but I wish the developers would just do it themselves because this is annoying!! Other wise, besides the bugs, the program is great!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Looks like a cool program but it's buggy!!"

    May 30, 2011  |   By JamesAndersonJr

    Version: Vectorian Giotto 3.0

    Pros

    Lots of cool features for free!

    Cons

    I'm using Windows 7 64-Bit, and when I choose to start a new file from template (File ->>Start New From Template... ), after I pick the template the program suddenly crashes and terminates!! Ugh!

    Summary

    This is a buggy program or either not written well for Windows 7 (64-Bit). The the feature set and interface is decent enough, but If you're like me you won't get a lot done with this program before they fix it. Looking forward to next version!

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