Yesterday, I decided to give Synfig a try and installed it on my Debian testing laptop (no Desktop Environment, but multiple graphics applications working fine).
First I’ve installed Synfig 1.2.2.-1+b2 through the official repositories (
apt install synfig).
The first issue was, that
synfig without automatically adding
synfigstudio to the list of software to be installed. I don’t know what’s the use case for installing
synfigstudio (a render farm?) but – in my eyes –
synfigstudio should be a suggested package. One that is automatically added to the list of software to be installed (and can be removed if the user does not want it; many other packages have such suggested soft dependencies).
I’ve lost a few minutes looking for Synfig in the menus and then figuring out why the terminal was telling me that I need a cryptic list of arguments to use Synfig.
After some time I discovered that in the list of packages there was als Synfig Studio.
Other people would have removed it and tried a different software…
Yes, the official name is Synfig Studio but even Wikipedia and the domain name say it’s AKA Synfig…
Following the beginners tutorial, I’ve tried to import a PNG: Synfig Studio crashes. Each time. And this happens with multiple different PNGs.
I’ve uninstalled Synfig Studio.
And got the development Appimage.
Started and nothing happens. After some time I’ve killed the process that was at 100%.
I’ve then tried to run the Appimage from the command line and see if there where useful messages.
It goes through all fonts, with several errors and then stays still.
I’ve left it there, to see if it had more to say.
Suddenly, a small about window pops up and short thereafter the SynfigStudio UI. It works and it’s snappy! And it can correctly import the PNGs.
But each time it takes three minutes to start! (I did not clock it… but it’s really long…)
(On this computer, I have Scribus trunk and Inkscape trunk as Appimages and both start in a matter of a couple of seconds.)
I can give more infos about my system if it can help solving the issues listed above…
Otherwise, the first steps were nice to go through…