What is the best Pixel animation tool?

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IPete2(Posted 2005) [#1]
Hi guys,

What pixel animation tool do you recommend to develop pixel art and animated sprites for use in BlitzMax.

I am aware of Pro Motion and Pro Pixel Animator.


big10p(Posted 2005) [#2]
This any use?

Bob3d(Posted 2005) [#3]
-I like Animshop included with PSP.

-for just animation,for hi res I mean, I just love the feel of maker of Opencanvas, but the animation tool is only in japanesse, I could handle well the demo, anyway, all uis look alike, even in weird characters,lol.

-Adobe Photoshop does freaking well the trick with layers, once you get used.Or maybe I am just to PS fan.

-That Gale thing is quite good, but i don't like the flashing it makes in the real time preview.

-A good combo is Adobe PS, and load the psd with layers in Animshop...if u can, try it. Remember u can make a psd also With Gimp for Windows, and that there's a thing called Gimpshop, for which there's now a windows port, that makes all gimp windows be cfocused in one, and works.Yet though I don't like gimp for my wacom, they'r not good friends.

-Ultimate Paint can do well, in some situation.

-I haven't checked Snarty's tools, but may worth a look at blitzcoders .

IPete2(Posted 2005) [#4]

I forgot all about Gale - Thanks!

I even have it installed somewhere on my overly bloated PC Hard drive, I'll go back and check it again now -

Many thanks for reminding me of it.


Robert Cummings(Posted 2005) [#5]
You might be suprised, but flash is pretty good too as an animation tool. You can export to frames as well as avi's.
Just a thought if you already have flash.

IPete2(Posted 2005) [#6]
One Eyed,

Yeah Flash 8 Pro arrived on Thursday -hhhhmmmmmm lovely! :)
I have used Flash for some stuff a while ago. It's good but having grown up with pixel tools I wanted to find a 'square by square' paint tool with animation, Graphics Gale is now doing the job quite nicely thanks.

Btw check out what I did with Flash last night:



BlackJumper(Posted 2005) [#7]

... bet that wasn't done 'square by square' !!!

Robert Cummings(Posted 2005) [#8]
cool :)

big10p(Posted 2005) [#9]
IPete2: That just looks like a video. Are you telling me it's not? :O

IPete2(Posted 2005) [#10]
hah video well okay yes its just an swf file with an embedded video - no external files... it is also using the new flash 8 video codec and has Flash graphic items overlaid, live in the swf, which is the first time I've done that. Has a nice little shadow just to help it out a bit, and it didn't take as long as I thought it would to sort the whole thing out.

Done in a Flash (almost!).


Giantland(Posted 2014) [#11]
I think you guys should try this mobile APP, Pixel Animator(GIF Maker). It's awesome.
Google Play link:
Apple store link:

GfK(Posted 2014) [#12]
I think they've probably figured it out by now...

Matty(Posted 2014) [#13]
I guess you have to get the word out about your own apps somehow. ... ;-)

Tom(Posted 2015) [#14]
Free, online & offline versions. http://www.piskelapp.com

Dunno if it's the best, but it's damn good!

xlsior(Posted 2015) [#15]
Dunno if it's the best, but it's damn good!

The original post asked the question 9 (!!!) years ago.

Giantland(Posted 2016) [#16]
for easy pixel art editor in Android, try INSTAPIX: