Software Development

Popims Animator: The Right Tool for the Job?

Alignment is necessary, and equally complicated

The instructions make it clear that alignment of the two images you are morphing is absolutely key to getting good results. Seems obvious enough. Popims Animator claims, "The best method consists in using our automatic procedure which is very clever."

I'm afraid not. Launching the automatic alignment tool brings up the window shown above. The first drop-down box represents "Maximum scaling up or down in percent". The second drop-down box represents "Maximum movement in pixels".

So you have the option to shift, resize and crop your images. This is done to both images at the same time and in no way enables you to align anything! Even if you have a great eye and are a savant at estimating distances and relative sizes, there is no way to make sure the images are actually lined up the same.

5 comments
dohertyd
dohertyd

Well looks like Popims is not the way to go... Is SmartMorph the BEST free morpher out there? How about if you were willing to pay - say up to $50 when what should be best?

jaymajor
jaymajor

PC-only?! Can't be much of a design program then. ;-) (Great review, Kirk!)

kirkstarr
kirkstarr

Well Jay, you are right though it's been pointed out to me that lotsa Mac users 'round here run Windows using Boot Camp. To those people I say: find a different morphing program. Even if you can use this, you really don't want to. Blech.

yobtaf
yobtaf

Apparently you don't realize that most of the Mac users on this sit, run Windows under Boot Camp.

kirkstarr
kirkstarr

I hadn't thought of that, thanks. Most of the Mac users I know personally have no desire to run Windows at all. :)