The program I’m featuring today is a simple one, but it is a program with tremendous potential as a tool for learning basic animation skills and for creating simple animated movies.
Pivot Stickfigure Animator (downloadable program) This free program enables the user to create simple animated movies. With this program, absolutely anyone has the ability to create animated cartoons. Pivot thereby offers a marvelous opportunity to children who want to express themselves with animated movies.
For an example of something created with Pivot by a group of young children in Australia, check out this movie recently uploaded to TeacherTube.
Pivot Stickfigure Animator includes a variety of ready-made stick figures (stick men, a clock, a horse, an elephant or any letter of the alphabet) that can easily be “animated” as the figure is manipulated into a new position for each new frame. Alternatively, the program allows the user to create stick figures. The movie-maker can add whatever background is desired by importing the appropriate file.
Pivot’s user interface is intuitive and straightforward. The program also allows the animator to preview the movie that is being made at any stage of the process. For a detailed review, that in effect includes instructions on how to use the program, you can go to Softpedia. This is also a good place to go to download the program. At the time of writing, the site of the developer, Peter Bone, is a little difficult to access.
The screenshot below shows a single frame of an animation in process, and it gives a pretty good idea of the user interface. (Click on the thumbnail to enlarge it, and use your browser’s back arrow to return to this page.)