LATEST AWESOMNESS

At the end of November, our marketing manager announced that she was leaving us for greener pastures. The team was shocked, our CEO shaken! – no one could believe a better place than Animatron existed! Still, here we were at a farewell lunch for Catherine, wishing her luck in her new work life. I was doing QA at that time, and stepped in to pinch-hit until we could find a replacement, hardly a simple task. Over the course of a couple of months we noticed that the sky didn’t fall after all, and the number of our followers on Twitter increased five times, along with their engagement! The Animatron blog was populated with interesting content and the number of new sign-ups hit an all-time high. I am pleased with the results, I enjoy this work and I’m staying put!

We are thrilled to announce the integration of Animatron and Stepic.org! It’s the start of a long and fruitful collaboration!

First, I would like to introduce Stepic to the Animatron audience. Stepic is an educational engine and platform, focused on STEM open lessons. The Stepic platform allows educators to easily create practice-oriented, interactive tutorials.

… plus a peek at the story behind the animation.

Valentine’s Day is a day when all hearts warm to love. We’ve been thinking about love here at Animatron, too, and we were inspired to find a true love for our hero, Animatron!! Our team absolutely adores the new home page animation featuring Animatron Hero and his girlfriend, Animatrini!!

Lighting affects our mood and color makes an impression on our feelings. In the morning, we feel full of energy and in the evening we are more relaxed. Soft sunshine calms us. Stormy skies make us more alert and a little anxious. In animation, people use color to communicate a mood.

Here are examples of how color changes the mood of Animatron Hero. In each picture, Our Hero is exactly the same, but colored differently:

Sad Animatron Hero:

Want to replace a cute cat with a cute puppy in your animated sequence, without starting over from scratch? I will explain it in a few easy steps!

Our users said it is the feature they want the most … so, our developers came up with this intuitive UI. I really enjoy it myself!

Often during a project, we create effects that we would like to keep, but we decide to change the character. Let’s say we want to replace one animated character with another: here’s a way to keep the animation and replace only one object.

Rachel Gillett is a multimedia journalist and editorial assistant for FastCompany.com’s Leadership section. Her work has been featured on PopPhoto.com, AOL.com, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Jersey City and enjoys contributing to the vibrant arts and crafting scene there.

To make your quest for a more productive self this year something you can really work towards, we asked some of the most productive we work with all year what they do in their everyday lives to get so much done. Here’s what they had to say: