Best and Easiest animation tool

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Post » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:06 pm

Hey fellow constructors,

I know that this may be an already often asked questions. But I used the search function and could not find an answer for a just very general question.

Can anyone recommend a program to do animation.

I know there are a lot of programms and I checked a bunch of them out. But I would like to know your experience.

- Animations done in which programm are easy to implement in construct 2? Spriter maybe?

- For which programm are the sufficient tutorials online, also special tutorials how to use it with construct 2?

- Which is easy to get into if you are new to animation?
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Post » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:49 pm

Gimp, Paint tool SAI, Adobe Fireworks, ShoeBOX and so on. I avoid Adobe because they are expensive and with more than necessary features.

If you want high resolution animations, try use the manga studio, also known by Clip Paint Studio, it's cheap, powerful and have everything you need to make animations using vectors, pixels and more.
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Post » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:54 pm

thanks for ur answer. I worked with manga studio for some time. I never knew it hat a animation function. Is it frame by frame animation?
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Post » Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:05 pm

yes and no, it's how you want it be, you can improve and automatize it with paths, effects, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFWoFRo0CWA
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Post » Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:39 pm

Benhh wrote:Can anyone recommend a program to do animation.

- Animations done in which programm are easy to implement in construct 2? Spriter maybe?

- For which programm are the sufficient tutorials online, also special tutorials how to use it with construct 2?

- Which is easy to get into if you are new to animation?


DragonBones Pro is a recent offering to this category. It's a Spine alternative and it's open-source and free to use. There aren't any exporters specifically for Construct, so I just export as image files.
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Post » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:00 pm

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redrocket wrote:
Benhh wrote:Can anyone recommend a program to do animation.

- Animations done in which programm are easy to implement in construct 2? Spriter maybe?

- For which programm are the sufficient tutorials online, also special tutorials how to use it with construct 2?

- Which is easy to get into if you are new to animation?


http://dragonbones.com/en/download.html DragonBones Pro is a recent offering to this category. It's a Spine alternative and it's open-source and free to use. There aren't any exporters specifically for Construct, so I just export as image files.


Thanks a lot for your advice. I ll try that one too.
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Post » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:10 am

Hello everyone,

Asepriste is a very good tool at an affordable price to create pixel art and animation. Ok, it's not a "Spine-or-Spriter-like" app but it makes the work if you are looking for a simple and efficient frame by frame approach.
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Post » Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:47 am

Sebastien wrote:Hello everyone,

Asepriste is a very good tool at an affordable price to create pixel art and animation. Ok, it's not a "Spine-or-Spriter-like" app but it makes the work if you are looking for a simple and efficient frame by frame approach.


Good catch, I completely forgot about it. For pixel arts, the best!
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Post » Sun Dec 25, 2016 4:57 pm

TELLES0808 wrote:
Sebastien wrote:Good catch, I completely forgot about it. For pixel arts, the best!


If you want a free pixel animation tool, then I'd point you to Piskel
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Post » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:59 pm

I am using SpriterPro only for character animations. It is easy to use and it has good performance in c2. It is easy to export, too, as .scml file (with the use of a plugin) or sprite strip, and you will find all the tutorials you need on youtube.
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