spent time searching the net for free cartoon/2d animation software, synfig would appear to be one of the top runners. it’s just, on trying to learn the software, i feel like everything that im reading on the subjects i feel interested in learning are redundant, jibberish jargon or both.
i check out tutorials and i feel like im reading comments in code, the terminoligy feels to me that its meant for those that have followed synfig from the start.
maybe it’s because im skipping, being that i use gimp to make images and not synfig (wanting to make my first animation cutout style to begin with to get me to grips) i understand key frames as i use other software that uses the same method, what i wanted to learn is bones/skeleton as i feel i could jump straight into an animation once mastered, just feels to me that everything i read is made complicated, i jumped straight into youtube but the support on there is limited.
i feel that your documentation, tutorials, and that jaz all need tidying up, i read a tutorial of information when finally giving up on youtube and i get through most of it to realise that the steps are invalid as it applies to a previous version of synfig, which gives the question i ask myself as im reading, am i going to benefit from reading all of this now knowing its out of date.
for me also, as bad as the insider terms used is the grammar, its hard enough for me to wrap my head around the descriptions, i’m constantly becoming challenged with the grammar, most of it is readable, unfortunatly not all there are times even i cant figure out what words should be there to connect the others together, contending with that and the advanced wording used i feel like although its a tutorial, its meant for someone much more educated with synfig than a beginer.
personally i like to jump in and DO stuff, get some experience on how to do a task, learn to perfect it, not read about what the program is doing, were there something i wanted to know more about i would look it up, i find the best tutorials are those that are step by step, that make small notes on the inerworkings with links, so when you want to learn more about something you can open a new tab and learn about what your interested in getting your head around. thats how i learn best.
i would like to see the tutorials updated to the most recent version, written in laymans (assume no prior knowledge) style, with simple step-by-step instructions on how to DO it, brief explanations of whats being done, with links to more in depth explanations.
i accept that this thread makes me appear arrogant, at present im tired, annoyed and just saying what i think. im not interested in being rude, to me im just pointing out something important, im sure im not the first to to say this.
maybe i havent looked hard enough or have been looking at the wrong material, kinda hoping someone could help me out so that i could work towards making maybe a 20 minute cartoon or something like that would be cool i think.
ps. i would invest my own time into making tutorials the way i described were i able to use the software.