Archives For November 30, 1999

The Pencil2D team announced a new release of its 2D animation software with new feature and various bug-fixes.

Pencil2D is a free and open-source software to make 2D hand-drawn animations. It’s lightweight, easy to use, and works on Linux, Windows, Mac OS, and FreeBSD. It supports both bitmap and vector graphics, and allows to seamlessly switch between the two workflows.

By releasing version 0.6.6, Pencil2D gets crash recovery support. On app startup, it now opens the last edited project automatically. And the timeline now using the system palette colors.

Other changes in the release include:

  • Improved user interface overlapping issue at low screen resolutions by adding scrollbars
  • “Reset Windows” now resets all sub panels to their initial positions
  • Fixed that Check for updates not working on Windows.
  • Fixed a couple of issues regarding frame cache invalidation
  • Fixed misc tablet/mouse stroke issues
  • Fixed memory leaks
  • Fixed new layer naming
  • Fixed broken polyline tool

Download / Install Pencil2D:

The project offers official Linux binary through Appimage packge, which is available to download at the link below:

Download Pencil2D (.appimage)

Grab the package, and give executable permission in file Properties -> Permissions tab. Finally double click to run it to launch the software.

For choice, you can install Pencil2D via universal Flatpak package. See this tutorial for details.

Pencil2D is an open-source application to make 2D hand-drawn animations in Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Pencil2D features:

  • open source and free to use even commercially!
  • layers support (separated layer for bitmap, vector and soud part)
  • bitmap drawing, vector drawing, and sound support
  • For more, go to Pencil2D website.

How to Install the Latest Pencil2D in Ubuntu

While Ubuntu universe repositories only provide an old version, the latest Pencil2D flatpak package is available to install via following steps:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu.

When terminal opens, run command to install flatpak daemon:

sudo apt install flatpak

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Add flathub repository via command:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

3. Finally you’re able to install Pencil2D from the flathub repository via command:

flatpak install flathub org.pencil2d.Pencil2D

Once installed, open the tool from your system application menu and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the Pencil2d flatpak package, simply open terminal and run command:

flatpak uninstall org.pencil2d.Pencil2D

OpenToonz, open source 2D animation software, now can be installed in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher easily via Snap package.

OpenToonz is based on Toonz Studio Ghibli Version, originally developed in Italy by Digital Video, Inc., and customized by Studio Ghibli over many years of production.

This snap is maintained by the Snapcrafters community, and is not necessarily endorsed or officially maintained by the upstream developers.

How to Install OpenToonz in Ubuntu:

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run following commands one by one.

1. For Ubuntu 16.04, you need to make sure snapd is installed by running command:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

2. While the snap is not available in Ubuntu Software at the moment, install it via Linux command instead:

sudo snap install opentoonz

add --classic flag if need to access directories outside of user home.

Once installed launch it from application menu.


To remove the 2D animation software, run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove opentoonz