I wanted to share my method for accomplishing 4 way rpg top down style movement in which each direction has its own animation (no rotation). The problem I was running into was while default controls for 8 direction movement were enabled it would cause the animations to get out of sync with the movement when more than one direction key was pressed, which does not scream quality to me.
For this to work "Default Controls" must be set to "No" on the sprites 8Direction properties.
Here is the capx file, simply use the arrow keys to move the sprite.
Here are the events: