Once again, I have to write about a web 2.0 application that I came across. But this one is very entertaining. I am pretty far from being the creative/artistic type so I usually don’t spend a lot of time on applications like this, but I found myself playing around on this one much more than I should have. At least I have something to show after wasting 30 minutes on that site, contrary to wasting 30 minutes on Facebook.
Go!Animate in their own words: “We are a bunch of guys who love animation and want to share our passion with the world! The problem is that animation requires very specific skills. Animators need to learn Flash or other advanced software before being able to create anything. They also need to know how to draw. That’s why we created GoAnimate, a platform that allows people to express themselves through animation without having to learn to draw or install any software.“
The tools found on Go!Animate are pretty efficient to get you started in no time. Very easy to use and if you just watch the tutorial, you should be able to create a little something right away. I did find that some things were missing, but I’m sure they will get added as time goes by. For instance, I wanted to add a credits screen at the end of my animation. There is only one credits screen available but it is not editable.
Tools are divided into different categories such as characters, speech bubbles, scenes (backgrounds), props, music and visual effects. You can use the ones that are supplied by Go!Animate or upload your own. There are also community supplied assets, meaning there should be more and more things available as the community grows.
Once your animation is complete, you can save it to your account as a private or public animation. Public animations are viewable to everyone on the site and you have the possibility of sharing via email or an embedded link, just like I used here on this site. I had to resize the player to fit my blog, (that’s why the Go!Animate text doesn’t quite fit) but it’s basically like youtube videos. You can also share directly on Facebook, Digg, MySpace, Reddit, Del.Icio.Us and Stumbleupon.
If you want an easy way to create and share animation online, without having to learn Flash and similar tools, Go!Animate offers a great way to get started and let the world know about your incredible animation skills.
Here is the animation I created while testing the service:
Edit: for some reason, many people seem to have a problem viewing the embedded version, so here’s a link to the actual page: http://goanimate.com/go/movie/54025/1