How to Create Flash Animations in Linux

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Flash animation is a popular type of animation that uses files known as Flash files, which are popular for their crisp animation quality and small file size. Linux is an open source operating system that has thousands of different distributions (or versions). Adobe Flash is the most popular program to make Flash animations with, but it doesn't support Linux. However, this doesn't mean that making Flash animations in Linux is impossible.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Linux installed
  • Animation program
  • Find a Flash animation program that you'd like to use within the Linux operating system.

  • Download Pencil (there is a download link in the Resources), a free 2-D animation program available for multiple platforms, including Linux. It offers a layout similar to that of Adobe Flash, and uses many of the same tools, such as key frames, audio support and exporting your animation directly to a Flash file.

  • Download Ktoon (there is a download link in the Resources), which is also a free 2-D animation program. It differs from Pencil in that the layout is not at all similar to that of Adobe Flash. Ktoon has smaller minimum requirements than Pencil, making it ideal for slower computers. This program hasn't been around as long as Pencil has, so it isn't as stable of an animation program, but developers are constantly working on it.

  • Download Synfig (there is a download link in the Resources), a free 2-D animation program that can make Flash animations, but does not offer the ability to export the animation made in the program directly to a Flash file. It is possible for programmers to make an extension that will do the exporting for them, but right now it is not built into the program itself. That being said, this program will create 2-D Flash animations all the same.

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