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Storyboarder is a new open source application for creating storyboards. It makes visualising your story and creating animatics a breeze.

Let’s face it, storyboarding can be quite a painful process, especially if you rely on Photoshop for creating boards. More often than not you will find that revisions will start causing havoc and turn what is supposed to be a fast and iterative process, into one big headache.

So no wonder a number of companies have realised that this was a pressing problem to solve. In fact, there has been a lot of development lately in web-based storyboarding apps. Studios like: Animade with Boords and Modio with The Plot are finding a wide range of audiences looking for a complete storyboarding solution.

While great for sharing PDFs and team collaboration these web-based solutions do require a fast internet connection and lack the sophisticated drawing tools of your typical desktop apps. If storyboarding is your full-time gig then you would also be familiar with Toon Boom Storyboard Pro. Needless to say all of these options come with their respective price tag.

Which is why Storyboarder (by Wonder Unit, a film studio based in NYC) is a very welcome addition to this list, on top of being completely free, Storyboarder also includes an impressive list of features: A beautiful and streamlined interface, compatibility with Wacom tablets, the ability to automatically import hand drawn boards, a shot generator, PDF exports, the ability to quickly open a panel in Photoshop, Exporting animatics to Premiere, Avid, Final Cut, and a handy GIF export as well.

We built Storyboarder because the storyboarding tool we wanted simply didn’t exist. We are making it better every day. In fact, we have released it free and open source.

In the video review below we take a look at some of the main features of the app and talk about why this is definitely something you should check out and possibly a tool to have close by, in your pre-production toolbox.

Storyboarder is compatible with Windows, OSX and Linux. Find out more on Wonder Unit’s website and Download the Software by clicking the button below.

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Our Verdict
Intuitive InterfacePhotoshop workflowWacom CompatibleShot GeneratorPDF, GIF and NLE ExportsKey commands
Lack of pan & zoomMissing a native background layerSome bugsNo audio support
4.3Overall Score
Ease of use
Community support
Reader Rating 4 Votes
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