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I am looking for an alternative for Adobe Flash. In this situation, I mean it as an animating tool, not as a browser plugin.

I want a tool to make simple vector animations, and then, ideally, export them to animated SVG.

It can use, but doesn't have to use, Flash's logic and idioms. It has to run under Linux. Being free (as in freedom) is a huge plus.

(Unfortunately, "Flash alternatives" etc on Google just redirect me to various re-implementations of the browser plugin, I don't care about that now.)

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So far, I have found only Synfig studio.

It seems to be a Free Software and having roughly the same capabilities as Flash, although with far worse GUI.

It has SVG import, it has no SVG export. There is a tool, that exports to SVG, but that tool produces SVGs where all the animated parts are off and it has a filter, that makes all the parts invisible.

However, I can "post-edit" the resulting animated SVG with Chromium Web Inspector (making animations in Chrome is the most weird and geeky possible thing, but it surprisingly works pretty well, just as CSS styling), so the animation actually does what it should do.

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Maybe a bit late, but... Have a look at AnimationMaker. I am developing this app as an alternative to Edge Animate. It's running on Linux and Windows and produces mp4, avi, animated gif and also HTML.

https://artanidos.github.io/AnimationMaker/

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As you previously stated Synfig Studio is a good option, but the UI is horrible and takes awhile to learn which is why I won't recommend it.

What I suggest is Animatron. Not It is a web application, but you can turn it into a desktop app (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and/or Chrome) using WebDGap if needed.

What's nice about Animatron is it's very similar to Adobe Flash or Edge Animate for creating your animations. You can download as...

  • HTML5 Code
  • PNG
  • SVG
  • SVG SMIL Animation
  • Video
  • GIF

It works with events as well, plus you can add in your own audio too!

There's also Snap.svg too.

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