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I already wrote an article on an animation patch for Mypaint by Charbel Jacquin, and a very short try by mouse, there is now a specific branch with a new functionality (background layers/cellulos layers), that will be merged back in trunk as soon as everything is hidden in preferences, and I’ve no a new Wacom graphic tablet to play with it.

Demo of new functionality(Youtube) local copy:

The new branch can be seen and get from this address, installed and launched as follow. Warning, if you have already installed debian package, you have to remove it, and install last version beside this one (following the same process) in /opt/mypaint-xxx, else you will not be able to save picture/animation because of /usr/lib priority.

Debian based only (Debian, Ubuntu…):

sudo apt-get install g++ python-dev libglib2.0-dev python-numpy swig scons gettext python-protobuf protobuf-compiler

git clone git://
cd charbelinho-mypaint
sudo scons install prefix=/opt/charbelinho-mypaint


  1. This looks great! I’m not a coder but the implementation of a timeline would be fantastic for this!

    Comment by Daniel — %PM %851 %Europe/Paris%q, %2010 @ %1:%Jun %p

  2. Hello, thanks for the post. I wanted to ask help. I am new to linux and I have a problem installing the patch. Could you explain me the exact steps to install it.
    Thank you for your support.

    Comment by samuele — %AM %432 %Europe/Paris%q, %2010 @ %1:%Jul %p

  3. Bonjour,

    c’est super comme ajout, il y a juste un problème pour moi…je n’arrive pas à enregistrer les animations que je fais. Y a-t-il une manipulation de plus à faire ou est-ce simplement moi?

    Comment by David — %PM %521 %Europe/Paris%q, %2010 @ %1:%Jul %p

  4. Nice!

    I agree with Daniel but I think that it would be better to keep MyPaint as a painting tool, not as a painting and animation tool. But I\’d like to see an animation tool that uses MyPaint as a drawing engine because, personally, I don\’t like the drawing part of animations tools like pencil and Ktoon, for example.

    Comment by sirgazil — %PM %939 %Europe/Paris%q, %2010 @ %1:%Aug %p

  5. I noticed that this patch wasn\’t put into the master branch… is your branch up-to-date???

    I would really like to utilize this feature. Pencil development is pretty much dead (or it would seem), and i wanted animation software with great drawing tools, that works nicely with my tablet.

    It would seem that Mypaint + your patch = what i am looking for…

    maybe you should create a fork, Mypaint-animator and integrate a timeline, that would be awesome!

    anyways, i am going to compile your version and check it out.

    I hope you continue to expand this idea – it\’s a really good one!


    Comment by jordan — %AM %167 %Europe/Paris%q, %2010 @ %1:%Oct %p

  6. This is not my patch, but, as I said, the patch from Charbel Jacquin, and no, the main developer of MyPaint, think, this is too intrusive patch, so it’s not in main branch. Anyway, you can use both the official release and this branch in a parallel folder, it doesn’t have all the benefits of the new version, but is already really nice.

    Comment by Administrator — %PM %567 %Europe/Paris%q, %2010 @ %0:%Dec %p

  7. “Warning, if you have already installed debian package, you have to remove it, and install last version beside this one (following the same process) in /opt/mypaint-xxx, else you will not be able to save picture/animation because of /usr/lib priority.”

    Hi I wish you could tease this instruction out a bit. I can’t quite follow.
    Does ‘last version’ refers to animation version or deb package version?

    If I remove debian package now will saving start working in mypaint animation version?

    I am just a bit confused…

    Also my workaround is to save in open raster format (which seems to work fine), open the ora in deb packaged version of mypaint and save from there as multiple transparent png.

    Comment by graham e — %AM %158 %Europe/Paris%q, %2011 @ %0:%Jan %p

  8. Hey all!

    What about MyPaint-Animation with MyPaint 0.9.X?

    Is the project still alive?

    Thanks for help…

    Comment by pad — %PM %602 %Europe/Paris%q, %2011 @ %1:%Apr %p

  9. It seems to be died, but still works as this git version can be downloaded until end of times.

    Perhaps this patch can be applied to later version, never tried in fact :).

    Comment by Administrator — %AM %976 %Europe/Paris%q, %2011 @ %1:%May %p

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