General => General Discussion => Topic started by: dragonboy on July 30, 2008, 01:00:13 am

Title: animated picture file
Post by: dragonboy on July 30, 2008, 01:00:13 am
Hi I just got here.  What do I need to make an animated bitmap?  Whenever I make pixel animations on my computer I always use a trick with MS paint where I zoom into a the picture and use the < and > buttons on the horizontal scroll bar to evenly space out each frame and use those buttons to move from one frame to the next and back.  However I don't know what I need to turn them into a valid animated bitmap file.
Title: Re: animated picture file
Post by: chriskot on July 30, 2008, 02:56:24 am
Welcome to Pixelation!

First of all, it should be noted that there is no such thing as an animated bitmap. Animated sprites are usually in .gif form (Although there are other types).

If you are looking for a .gif animator, you should check out the "Tools, Resources and Linkage" thread: http://www.wayofthepixel.net/pixelation/index.php?topic=3467.0

There are several there, but here are the ones that I've tried:
   -GameMaker: Not built for animating sprites, but it does have a very basic built-in editor. The downside is that you can't alter properties such as speed and looping.
   -Take ONE: I found it sort of cumbersome, but it covers pretty much everything animation-wise.
   -GraphicsGale: Better than the previous two, but if you want to animate anything as a .gif you have to pay for the full version.

I recommend that you just surf through a few of the programs on the resource thread until you find one that you're comfortable with.
Title: Re: animated picture file
Post by: dragonboy on July 30, 2008, 04:31:16 pm
It tried TAKE ONE, and I don't like programs that have more than one file in them.  Have anything that is just the program instead of a bunch of other things?


BTW, here is my animation