FOSS Spotlight: Enve

If you’re looking for an open source program to produce weapons-grade SVG animations you can drop right into a website, look no further than Enve. I mean hot dog this is an exciting piece of software.

SVG Animation Made Easy

There’s people out there who are absolute wizards with SVG animation. If only I were enchanted in such a way. Lucky for me, I came across Enve and I’ve been living a magical life ever since.

three bird characters waving

This is unreal. I never would have dreamed that I’d be able to put something like this on a website without outsourcing the task to some sort of markup warlock.

Dear Hercules, Meet Maurycy

There’s a lot of talented people in the world, and Maurycy Liebner is one of them. Enve is developed by one person, and I don’t think it’s overstating things to say that Maurycy has made a herculean effort to make Enve a reality.

bird character tossing a pen in the air

I’m Just a Birdy Too

Once I saw what was possible with Enve, my mind started racing with creative ideas. After mucking around for a little while, I decided to try and produce something pretty far out of my comfort zone.

Making these bird characters and animating them was a challenge for me. I haven’t designed anything like this before, nor have I done much 2D animation aside from motion graphics.

bird character with mobile phone

I’m really pleased with the end result, and I think it’s a testament to the potential of Enve that I was able to produce these animations with very little prior experience.

But Wait There’s More

So we’ve established that Enve can output stylish and functional SVG animations ready to be dropped straight into websites, but it also does so much more! You can render your animations with a wide selection of output formats, including .mp4, .mov, and static image sequences.

There’s also a full implementation of the MyPaint brush engine built in, so you can paint away, animate your paintings, and combine raster and vector elements if you’re more adventurous than me.

bird character making websites

Time Marches On

That’s about all I’ve got to say about Enve for now. I’m really excited to see the continued development of the project, and I’ll keep the skills I’ve learned in my back pocket in case I ever need to drop some sweet SVG motion into my future work.