Animator Pro, (A.K.A. Autodesk Animator Pro, Ani Pro, PJ Paint, or simply PJ) is a 256 color paint and animation package for MSDOS. It was popular in the early to mid 1990's for game art, online animation, business presentations and occasional TV productions.
Originally released in 1989 by Autodesk, and licensed from Yost Group, Ani Pro was created by Peter Kennard, Gary Yost and Jim Kent. Jim Kent kept copyrights to the source code, thus allowing him to grant me permission to make it available to you here. For my part, I wish to do my best to preserve and document this tiny bit of significant computer history, promote the usefulness of this program and hopefully improve and modify it for future and current users, many of whom still find it very useful and fun.
More info at the Animator Pro project homepage
To get binaries, click the huge "DOWNLOADS" button on the github project. or go to the downloads page
The original Autodesk Animator (A.K.A. Video Paint, VPaint, or simply V) exactly as it was sent to me by Jim Kent, preserved for historical purposes.
The original Animator Pro (A.K.A. Autodesk Animator Pro, PJPaint or simply PJ) exactly as it was sent to me by Jim Kent, preserved for historical purposes.
A work in progress version of the Animator Pro source as I work to improve it.
The assorted text files and documentation found within the original source files.
Source code and documentation for scripts written in Animator Pro's built in POCO scripting language; essentially an interpreted version of the C programming language with some built in libraries for manipulating the program.
Example files that can be natively read into the Animator Pro software.
This project is not endorsed by Autodesk, Inc., Autodesk is a trademark of Autodesk, Inc.,
However, interestingly, Autodesk, Inc's tradmarks on "Autodesk Animator" and "Animator Pro" are expired.
All source code (unless otherwise marked, or if better information becomes available) is ©1989-1994 Jim Kent and is available here under the BSD license, reproduced below:
Copyright (c) 1989-1994, Jim Kent All rights reserved.
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- Neither the name Animator Pro nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.
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