I will admit. I fell in love with this site and the program because of the free beer logo. But the program is even better than the logo. There’s a story you need to know. I know you all love stories.
Back in the day, the only way to make professional flash animations and flash movies was to spend about $900 for Adobe Flash. And when you did, you realized that you may as well have taken that $900 and thrown it out you window and let the birds eat it. Because once you paid your money and got the program and then you realized you’d you either have to travel to a monastery in Tibet, and live in seclusion for 27 years eating crickets and chives, while you learned the program, pay some geeky yuppie $500 a hour to teach it to you, or just go to Control Panel / Programs / Remove Programs and get rid of it and watch your $900 go down the cyber drain while you cry in your not-free beer.
I’m actually surprised that someone in this cynical, greedy world has pity and compassion. I’m happy to tell you that the developer of Vectorian Giotto is such a man. He will save you $900 as well as a trip to Tibet – and you won’t be chirping like a cricket. With excellent tutorials, examples and instructions – you’ll be making interesting flash movies and animations in, well, in almost a flash.
Here’s what the author has to say:
“Vectorian Giotto gives you all the drawing tools you need to create a perfect drawing for your Flash movie. Aside from the standard lines, rectangles, ellipses and freehand brushes and lines, Giotto has the vector eraser tool and supports automatic object merging when drawing shapes with the same brush.
Full Support for Buttons and Movie Clips
Giotto enables you to make complex movie clips and buttons, that can be reused throughout your work in multiple projects. You can make button and movie clip libraries that you can share with your colleagues or even sell to other designers.
Simple to Use Project Tools
For bigger projects, Giotto offers tools to organize them: multiple scenes, movie browser and external libraries. Support for Advanced Flash Features Full support for Flash 8 blends and filters.
Unique on the market, Giotto offers powerful and intelligent shape morphing: morph complex shapes into other complex shapes.
Colorful, Stunning, Easy to Use Effects Giotto features dozens of stunning effects that can be applied to simple drawings, movie clips, buttons or text. Each effect is highly customizable Giotto will follow wherever your imagination goes.
Full Sound and Music Support
Add background music or transitional sound effects to your movies, in MP3 or WAV format. Giotto even lets you compress your sound and change the compression of existing MP3 files, if you need to decrease the bandwidth needed to send your sound to the user.”
Well that about sums ‘er up. If you want to expand your horizons and be a creator, or if you just want to experiment, play around and have fun – you’ll really like this program. In this cynical a world you don’t find many people with compassion and a desire to save other people’s sanity and money. This man is such a man. Grab this freeware program while it’s still free – because altruism doesn’t seem to last long in this world. It may not be long before greed and cynicism gobble up this guy too.
Vectorian Giotto is our freeware pick today – and if you love great software you’ll see why in a flash.
A Flash Animation/Movie Creator
Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
32bit and 64bit systems