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Animation Desk – Make Your Animation and Cartoons

Animation Desk – Make Your Animation and Cartoons

Kdan Mobile Software Ltd.

Dream big with Animation Desk. Having fun making your own animations.

3.8 Ratings 18K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
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Ratings & Reviews

3.8
18.1K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    52%
  2. 4
    15%
  3. 3
    9%
  4. 2
    6%
  5. 1
    19%
  • Some REALLY helpful updates that can really improve Animation Desk: Dec 30, 2019

    By RoiBRocker
    I thought of some really helpful updates that would really help the drawing community. The first one is the pen. The pen which draws a circular line is to small at max size, and should be bigger at max size. Its hard to draw stick figures with such a small pen, and it would be amazing if it could be bigger. Also, the majority of animators who animate with this application animate on an iPad Pro, like me, and drawing with one hand on the screen and an Apple Pencil on it at the same time interrupts the drawing that were drawing. I think their should be a setting to make it so that the screen doesn’t sense my hand but only the Apple Pencil. Many other applications already have this and it would be great if this did to. Stabilizer: If you’ve ever used Paint Tools Sai, you know what I’m talking about. In Paint Tools Sai, they have an option called the stabilizer which makes lines more smooth by giving what your drawing a delay to make the drawing more curvier. In Animation Desk, my circles always turn out straight and not round. A circle looks lie 7 lines put together and if Animation Desk hade a stabilizer tool, that would be AMAZING! I really hope you read this, because it took me a long time to type, and if you did, please please please add these things to Animation desk in the next update! Thanks! 🙂
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  • Sep 24, 2020

    By •Froppy•
    It's good but when I zoom in it always it so hard please fix
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  • Great but hard to use Mar 22, 2019

    By gato_feliz
    I don’t know if i am supposed to be using this app in a iPhone 7 (LOL). But it is lots of fun. But i have many problems. I dont know how to use images. Like, if i take a picture and want to use it in my little stupid cartoon short thing, but I don’t know where the button for putting the picture on it. Another problem is the color copy option. It, it’s just broken. When i use it it puts a random nearby color instead of the color i am pointing at. Making it very hard to use the same color. The undo button does not work when i change frame. Normally this wouldn't be a problem but sometimes I accidentally use the fill button and change frame accidentally or confuse the undo button with the change frame button and i have to start over. Also the change frame button is SOOOOOOOOO SMALL! I can barey use it and it is very hard. Also i would like you to change it from FPS to a bar like the one Flash uses. I would also live to be able to add sound recordings and sound effects to tge animations. Overall good app but very buggy. gato_feliz
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  • Change it back Aug 31, 2020

    By SomeWhinyNerd
    I really liked this app a lot until the most recent update as of writing this, they moved all the buttons around in a way that I think is inferior the the previous layout and added s scroll thing that shows you all the frames on the bottom that takes up way to much of the screen. You used to be able to draw on the whole screen and could make the toolbars disappear if you needed to draw something there, but now you can only draw on a small section of the screen in the middle which really bothers me, this is somewhat remedied by being able to zoom in. Furthermore the interface is almost unrecognizable and I am having trouble finding all the tools again and instead things that I don’t need in my face while animating are taking front and center, for example the share button is now always in the upper right corner. You used to have to upload from the home screen which I thought was fine as you would be done by the time you did that, I am sure I will feel better as I get more used to it but if anyone knows if there are some settings I could change to make it go back to the way it was please tell me.
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  • Pretty good! Jul 4, 2019

    By 😄😁😊🙂😀
    This app is pretty great! All though, I’ve only been using the app for a few days and have not discovered every feature about this app. I’m not sure if there are any tools such as a ruler, a circle maker, and maybe a cut-out. Maybe I am just not looking hard enough. (That’s probably the case.) But yes, I do recommend this app to anybody. Maybe even starters. I do recommend this app over FlipaClip. In FlipaClip, you can’t really draw straight lines. So basically everything just looks rough. Congrats to the developer(s) who made such a great functional app! You did so good! But, I do feel like this may be confusing to some people just by reading the reviews. Also, I’m glad you are commenting back to others in need of help. I was wondering if maybe you could tell me we’re the tools are if there are any. If you see this comment and respond, thank you for reading this. Once agin I do recommend this app. Please do download this if you are into animating and drawing. Thank you!
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  • Procreate instead!! Dec 22, 2019

    By Luvga
    If you’r looking and app just for fun and practice the basic principles of animation, this may be the app for you. On the other hand, if you are serious about learning drawing and enhance your animation skills, this is definitely not the app for you. After two years using this app, came across serious frustration. The poor brushes offered with bold tick doesn’t allow you to create a smooth sketches. The palm rejection need to be enhanced, every time you touch the screen with your finger either to skip the frame or increase the tick of your pen, a line is recognized in the canvas. The limited interface withdraw you valuable time of your creativity, related but not limited to flip your canvas, add a photo, sort and organize you frames. The most thing I struggle with, was that for reason if you close the app in the middle of a running of an animation, when you came back it delete randomly delete frames, so your force to number your pages and keeps back up in case the program delete or sort the frames. I have reported this issues severely times and supporting team bring no corrections. Also I won competition several years ago and for some reason they delete all my projects from their webpage. This only speak of the poor supporting team behind this app. A good recommendation, try procreate instead. You’r welcome in advance!
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  • Sep 23, 2020

    By Sammie Rain
    Horrible. It doesn't automatically save everything you do. Just the first frame. So you have to manually select each frame by dragging a bar over it. Which wouldn't be so bad except that I doesnt work. It stops moving after a while which makes it impossible to select everything. Had to transfer frame by frame to flipaclip.. except this app kept crashing while I tried to. Don't even try this app. Its literally garbage.
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  • Sep 9, 2020

    By Zuzanna Wojciechowski
    This is the only animation app I use, because none of the good ones worked. I only got It as a last resort. It sucks. There's not nearly enough tools, and too much stuff costs money. Overall, I hate this app so much, but i keep using it only because I want to get better at animation. It's very tricky to work with and often confusing at times. I do recomend Flipaclip if you're looking for a better free animation app. In Conclusion, This app is very bad and I sudjest you dont get it ever.
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  • Jul 27, 2020

    By Abu Fadzly
    My first thought about this app is good. I loved it but there are some things that ruined it. The scissor tool is not working well. Everytime I cut and paste a drawing even in the same frame without changing the size the drawing will become low resolution ( I dont know how to say it well). Plus if I only cut a part of the drawing, another part went missing. If these bugs is fixed I might have rate this app better.
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  • Jul 19, 2020

    By Reed Tomashire
    Personally, I like the layout of the app and the functions are great, the free ones that is. I dont like how most of the functions I need are locked , and need me to pay for them. Im just getting into animation and I want an app that I can do anything I need to get my project finished. Another thing is that its really glitchy. I tried to open the app and the first thing I get is "Animation Desk is not responding." Please for the love of everything, fix these two things. Thank you.
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  • This is the best animation app you will find! Nov 27, 2018

    By Seagull Squad
    I have found many great animation apps, including FlipaClip, sticknodes, this one, and even more. After all that, Animation Desk is, and has always been-in my opinion-the best one out there, and the easiest to use. Thank you to the creators of this app. I might get Animation Desk ultimate one day. Though this is one of the best animation apps there is, I have a few suggestions; sometimes I want to loop one part of an animation, so I copy the frames, but each copy goes after the original frame. I would really like the copied frames to go to the end of the animation. This would make it much easier to do that function. Another thing that isn’t necessarily a drawback, but would be a nice addition would be a v-cam. One final suggestion would be to make all the animations arranged as thumbnails, and you could be able to scroll up and down, to find things more easily. Thank you for reading my suggestions, and I hope you consider adding them. All in all, this app is awesome, and I really recommend it. Sincerely, a really happy animator.
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  • Fantastic animation tool Nov 28, 2018

    By Dooditz
    I’m a professional artist that’s always wanted to get into animation, and I’d highly suggest this app to anyone looking to do any level of animating. It’s easily the best animation app I’ve found for iPad Pro. My only problems are superficial ones. Seems like I have to click back and forth to make the smallest changes. If you want to change layers, you have to click a couple menu buttons back, then click back over to the colors section, then click over to the brush section to adjust size, etc. If you’re used to a program like procreate, this will take a bit of adjusting, because the way it’s set up, everything is kinda all over the place. I look at this app like I’m trying to animate on a messy desk where I spend time trying to find my things - as opposed to an app like procreate where everything is just right there in front of you. Having said that, this app is so much fun. If you’re looking to scratch the itch of animating on your iPad, look no further. Thanks for such a cool app!
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  • Things Always Change... Nov 2, 2018

    By Harelow17
    Hey, I just wanted to say that I remember 2 years ago I was still a crappy animator, and a furry, that wasn’t good at animating until I got this app, it was a great thing! But as soon as I starting drifting away things changed, in a good and bad way... There are now multiple brush options which I do enjoy... but there are now things I find annoying (or always have.) the 500 zoom isn’t that good.. I wish we could rotate the frame around so if your doing a upside down picture or animation, you can turn it 180° degrees so you can draw it. Just a suggestion.... Now there’s only 2 frames (not including the background) that you can animate with. Maybe it’s just for the phone version but I found this annoying.. and so far those are my only complaints.. thank you and good day. P.S. Thanks for adding the paint bucket to the phone version!
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  • Some REALLY helpful updates that can really improve Animation Desk: Dec 30, 2019

    By RoiBRocker
    I thought of some really helpful updates that would really help the drawing community. The first one is the pen. The pen which draws a circular line is to small at max size, and should be bigger at max size. Its hard to draw stick figures with such a small pen, and it would be amazing if it could be bigger. Also, the majority of animators who animate with this application animate on an iPad Pro, like me, and drawing with one hand on the screen and an Apple Pencil on it at the same time interrupts the drawing that were drawing. I think their should be a setting to make it so that the screen doesn’t sense my hand but only the Apple Pencil. Many other applications already have this and it would be great if this did to. Stabilizer: If you’ve ever used Paint Tools Sai, you know what I’m talking about. In Paint Tools Sai, they have an option called the stabilizer which makes lines more smooth by giving what your drawing a delay to make the drawing more curvier. In Animation Desk, my circles always turn out straight and not round. A circle looks lie 7 lines put together and if Animation Desk hade a stabilizer tool, that would be AMAZING! I really hope you read this, because it took me a long time to type, and if you did, please please please add these things to Animation desk in the next update! Thanks! 🙂
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  • Sep 24, 2020

    By •Froppy•
    It's good but when I zoom in it always it so hard please fix
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  • Great but hard to use Mar 22, 2019

    By gato_feliz
    I don’t know if i am supposed to be using this app in a iPhone 7 (LOL). But it is lots of fun. But i have many problems. I dont know how to use images. Like, if i take a picture and want to use it in my little stupid cartoon short thing, but I don’t know where the button for putting the picture on it. Another problem is the color copy option. It, it’s just broken. When i use it it puts a random nearby color instead of the color i am pointing at. Making it very hard to use the same color. The undo button does not work when i change frame. Normally this wouldn't be a problem but sometimes I accidentally use the fill button and change frame accidentally or confuse the undo button with the change frame button and i have to start over. Also the change frame button is SOOOOOOOOO SMALL! I can barey use it and it is very hard. Also i would like you to change it from FPS to a bar like the one Flash uses. I would also live to be able to add sound recordings and sound effects to tge animations. Overall good app but very buggy. gato_feliz
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  • Pretty good! Jul 4, 2019

    By 😄😁😊🙂😀
    This app is pretty great! All though, I’ve only been using the app for a few days and have not discovered every feature about this app. I’m not sure if there are any tools such as a ruler, a circle maker, and maybe a cut-out. Maybe I am just not looking hard enough. (That’s probably the case.) But yes, I do recommend this app to anybody. Maybe even starters. I do recommend this app over FlipaClip. In FlipaClip, you can’t really draw straight lines. So basically everything just looks rough. Congrats to the developer(s) who made such a great functional app! You did so good! But, I do feel like this may be confusing to some people just by reading the reviews. Also, I’m glad you are commenting back to others in need of help. I was wondering if maybe you could tell me we’re the tools are if there are any. If you see this comment and respond, thank you for reading this. Once agin I do recommend this app. Please do download this if you are into animating and drawing. Thank you!
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  • Kept deleting frames Apr 14, 2020

    By Alex Kotsifas
    I really loved this app, and used it as my primary place to animate for a while. Granted when I wanted polished drawings a would draw them on a different app and just move them over, but either way I liked it a lot and it was a solid workspace. However a bug arose where I had a set amount of frames that I would be moving through and tweaking. Suddenly one of my frames would double, and delete another one in the process. It would leave me with the same number of frames as before, except two were the same. I would delete one and be left with less frames. It did this at random and made my working more stressful as I knew I was losing random frames the more I worked on a file. I ended up deleting the app. I might download it again and see if the bug re-appears, because I really do like this app and I haven’t found another one I’m happy with. Please look into whatever’s caused this bug or how to fix it. Thank you!
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  • Change it back Aug 31, 2020

    By SomeWhinyNerd
    I really liked this app a lot until the most recent update as of writing this, they moved all the buttons around in a way that I think is inferior the the previous layout and added s scroll thing that shows you all the frames on the bottom that takes up way to much of the screen. You used to be able to draw on the whole screen and could make the toolbars disappear if you needed to draw something there, but now you can only draw on a small section of the screen in the middle which really bothers me, this is somewhat remedied by being able to zoom in. Furthermore the interface is almost unrecognizable and I am having trouble finding all the tools again and instead things that I don’t need in my face while animating are taking front and center, for example the share button is now always in the upper right corner. You used to have to upload from the home screen which I thought was fine as you would be done by the time you did that, I am sure I will feel better as I get more used to it but if anyone knows if there are some settings I could change to make it go back to the way it was please tell me.
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  • Jul 21, 2020

    By Ian Ryia
    It would have been better if there are more brushes in the free one and it can be vertical the screen so I can be able to use my Wacom tablet on my phone since I don't have a better place to make animations as well to have the money to buy any computer to do animation, please do some better updates like actually put different brushes and have it vertical. It's good but not the best.
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  • Needs some adjustments Oct 27, 2018

    By Avonette
    This app is very useful, when I first purchased it (for free) I was excited, then the app tried to show me how to use it which wasn’t exactly very helpful. It is very hard (at least for me) to use it because when I try to draw something I forget how to use it at times and I think..what do I do? It’s not like I have any problems remembering! I wish it was less complicated, but once I got the hang of things (kinda) it was a little easier to use (kinda) nowadays I don’t use it often I think I will delete this app. This app is useful and I would recommend it if you love to draw and it’s something your good at. You can make it a movie ish.. and that’s where it gets fun! I love to draw and it’s so fun also challenging, but I am a horrible drawer..so for me it’s stressful to use this app! Please just try and see how you like this app you never know! It could be a hoppy someday or even more! And I only rate it three star cause I wish it was easier to use and I’m horrible at drawing which makes using it boring and gives me a heart attack not that it will give you one I’m just saying...
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  • It’s not bad.... Jun 17, 2019

    By JustChessPlease
    I’ve been using this app for a while now, and overall, I think it’s pretty good. It’s not an app for professionals, (which I am not,) but still gives you a wide variety of tools to work with. The screen isn’t always responsive though, which makes it difficult to draw a single frame. When I draw, I have my pencil, (or whatever drawing utensil I’m using,) in a sideways position, to where the side of the graphite is pressing down against the paper instead of the tip. However, when I use this app, the screen doesn’t always react to the side of the pen when it is pressed down against it, and it just makes digital drawing quite frustrating. I know you get a lot of 1-star reviews from little kids who rage on you because they’re just mad that they can’t draw, but I’m not trying to be one of those people. Actually, everything negative said in this review isn’t really even your fault. I just wanted to let you know the problems I was having. If there is any way you might be able to fix this please do. Thanks! :)
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  • Very Buggy Oct 10, 2019

    By Paung19
    I like this app a lot, but I am very deterred from purchasing any upgrades because the base app loses frames, layers, and is very inconsistent in exporting sequences. I use the iPad Pro 2018, so I know my hardware is capable of far more complex operations than exporting 100 frames of lineart into a video. If the weird bugs were to be gone completely, I would probably give this app 4 or even 5 stars (the learning curve is high but it’s a very capable free app), but with the time I’ve lost redrawing simple frames and losing layers/toolbars (the left toolbar started disappearing and I can’t bring it back, even closing the app. It might come back on a hard restart but it shouldn’t be an issue in the first place), the effort to make even a simple animation warns me that trying anything more detailed will cost me far more time. I will update my review if the stability issues are resolved, but as it stands I cannot recommend this app for anyone besides those learning the fundamentals.
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  • Jul 27, 2020

    By Abu Fadzly
    My first thought about this app is good. I loved it but there are some things that ruined it. The scissor tool is not working well. Everytime I cut and paste a drawing even in the same frame without changing the size the drawing will become low resolution ( I dont know how to say it well). Plus if I only cut a part of the drawing, another part went missing. If these bugs is fixed I might have rate this app better.
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  • Jul 19, 2020

    By Reed Tomashire
    Personally, I like the layout of the app and the functions are great, the free ones that is. I dont like how most of the functions I need are locked , and need me to pay for them. Im just getting into animation and I want an app that I can do anything I need to get my project finished. Another thing is that its really glitchy. I tried to open the app and the first thing I get is "Animation Desk is not responding." Please for the love of everything, fix these two things. Thank you.
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  • Could be better Nov 24, 2018

    By veel a weasel
    Ok so it has potential however it does not cover the basics. 1st: The canvas!! I can’t stress this enough but how you have it set up does not work. I find it too small and the when you zoom in it is nearly impossible to move, and it is clearly not meant for details. You also can’t rotate the canvas which I personally like to do when I draw. 2nd: You don’t have a nice fine liner. This is a basic thing. You have a pencil like thing with texture, you have a brush which has an uneven flow to it, you have the calligraphy pen looking tool which can be used as a fine liner however you can not make it very big, and then you have the chisel thing which can be funky, none of these are very good for outline and other things. You need a flat and versatile marker which can be big and small. 3rd: This is the last problem I have found with it. On smaller screens some do the controls are too small to press easily. It is more of an inconvenience then anything however. Hope this helps.
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  • REALLY Annoying to use Aug 27, 2020

    By Xebrax124
    When I first downloaded this app as someone who just wanted to make simple flip a clip animations for free time, I thought this game was okay. It had most if not all of the basics of what I need to draw, and the options and buttons to select stuff weren't all over the place. But as I played with this app a little further, it began to crash way too much and would make me lose a lot of my work. Sometimes, many of the frames would replace eachother for no reason and would overwrite a lot of the animation. After exiting an animation, the drawings get a little blurred out, which is irritating to work with with I'm trying to make accurate stuff. And this app doesn't let you use shapes for free; they only give you pens and markers. If the crashing were fixed and they added shapes, maybe I would rate this for more then two stars. Edit: The computer version is a lot better, but you can send mobile animations to computer but not vice versa?
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  • Sep 4, 2020

    By aboopsheedoop
    This app could give me some more potential if the layout wasn't hideous. All the tools are crammed together in a single keyboard and it's impossible to get used to!
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  • Procreate instead!! Dec 22, 2019

    By Luvga
    If you’r looking and app just for fun and practice the basic principles of animation, this may be the app for you. On the other hand, if you are serious about learning drawing and enhance your animation skills, this is definitely not the app for you. After two years using this app, came across serious frustration. The poor brushes offered with bold tick doesn’t allow you to create a smooth sketches. The palm rejection need to be enhanced, every time you touch the screen with your finger either to skip the frame or increase the tick of your pen, a line is recognized in the canvas. The limited interface withdraw you valuable time of your creativity, related but not limited to flip your canvas, add a photo, sort and organize you frames. The most thing I struggle with, was that for reason if you close the app in the middle of a running of an animation, when you came back it delete randomly delete frames, so your force to number your pages and keeps back up in case the program delete or sort the frames. I have reported this issues severely times and supporting team bring no corrections. Also I won competition several years ago and for some reason they delete all my projects from their webpage. This only speak of the poor supporting team behind this app. A good recommendation, try procreate instead. You’r welcome in advance!
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  • Sep 23, 2020

    By Sammie Rain
    Horrible. It doesn't automatically save everything you do. Just the first frame. So you have to manually select each frame by dragging a bar over it. Which wouldn't be so bad except that I doesnt work. It stops moving after a while which makes it impossible to select everything. Had to transfer frame by frame to flipaclip.. except this app kept crashing while I tried to. Don't even try this app. Its literally garbage.
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  • Sep 9, 2020

    By Zuzanna Wojciechowski
    This is the only animation app I use, because none of the good ones worked. I only got It as a last resort. It sucks. There's not nearly enough tools, and too much stuff costs money. Overall, I hate this app so much, but i keep using it only because I want to get better at animation. It's very tricky to work with and often confusing at times. I do recomend Flipaclip if you're looking for a better free animation app. In Conclusion, This app is very bad and I sudjest you dont get it ever.
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  • Absolutely awful, the new 9.0 update ruined it Sep 1, 2020

    By jajajajjajajajajaja
    I can’t stand this app anymore, the new update absolutely destroyed the UI, and now we have to PAY to make more than 3 animations. I can understand paying for more layers, but seriously??? Why only 3 animations??? Plus, they added a watermark! Just what we wanted! And guess what? We have to pay to remove that too! It never was there before but I guess the devs decided to get greedy. The zoom tool can now rotate and zoom in farther, but when you zoom it’s not smooth at all, there’s constant pausing like it’s lagging. I have a very high end iPad that works better than my laptop, this shouldn’t happen. They also changed the colour picker tool so that now when you use it you draw random lines. Didn’t have this problem before! Don’t know why they decided to change it. The UI is small and doesn’t save your brush settings, so every time you exit the animation you have to change it back to the colour and texture you wanted. Also now when I select something it moves ever so slightly between frames, making my animation look really messy. In addition to this, there is now a very distracting and annoying animation desk logo and image in the background while I work. I’m definitely going to look into other apps after this update.
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  • Sep 10, 2020

    By LISA RAGAN
    Pleas tell me I'm not the only one that could not figure out how to make the animation longer?! Also to the app creators : at least you tryed but can you pleas give us the option to change how long the animation is pls then u may be able to get better reviews!! Good luck my dudes
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