Recently I have been busy working away on Brush Ninja - but there’s not been much visible progress.
My main focus has been on the next stage of Brush Ninja, and that’s making a desktop app. I want to turn this simeple web app into something you can use properly. On your computer at any time.
By making a complete desktop app we can take advantage of things like saving in progress animations, and reopening them so we can edit them in the future. That’s just not possible on a website.
Made some tweaks to the gif exporter so it should play nicer on Twitter. Fingers crossed #animation #brushninja pic.twitter.com/lzFDJEcrr5— Ben (@BinaryMoon) April 28, 2018
Whilst preparing the app for distribution as a desktop thing, I have also been finding all sorts of tweaks and improvements that help to refine the experience and generally make it more enjoyable to create things with.
For example; when using the arrow keys to scroll through the animation frames, the selection wraps when you get to the end. This makes it a lot easier to create looping animations. I plan to make the onion skinning wrap in the future as well.
I have also added some alternate export options. One for Twitter animated Gifs (since they turn the animation into a video which introduces looping errors), and the ninja file format - allowing the animation to be edited in the app.
Animations Save as you Draw
Automatically save your in progress animations in the browser.
Background Images from Unsplash and More
Background images from Unsplash, speed optimizations, credits/ watermarks, brush opacity, and even more new features.
The Illusion of Life
The 12 basic principles of animation by the 'old men' of Walt Disney Studios. Use these as a guide to help improve your animations!
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