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  • Hey guys,

    I always see people posting about vector software and isn't fond of using Inkscape or MS Expression but wallets can't handle obtaining Adobe Illustrator. Serif has a nice vector package that is on sale. You can go with X6 for 39.99 or X5 for 29.99 and save 70% off. Before you buy there is a version for you to test out to check it out. Don't know how long the sale is going on but thought I would put it out there for those looking.

    http://www.serif.com/allproducts/softwa ... ggraphics/

    Sample Video of Features

    http://www.serif.com/appresources/DPX5/ ... viewX5.htm

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  • PhoenixNightly Thanks for sharing this with the community! Do you have any insight into the program and how it differs from Adobe Illustrator in terms of features and ease-of-use? Some people starting out with Vectors might find AI too cluttered and unnecessarily complex.

  • I found it very easy to get around and simple to use. I just know a lot of people be like they have to have Illustrator but miss other good tools thats less inexpensive. To me Adobe is like Jordon shoes, its price is all about name. I have never played with the animation and probably forgot about it doing that being that I used Anime Studio but have moved to Spriter for my 2D Work.

    But there is a starter edition for people to give it a whirl that is 'free' (meaning some features may be disable but would let you feel the flow of the application)

    http://www.serif.com/int/au/freedownloa ... -software/

    I even use their PagePlus that is an alternative to InDesign. I love it (and got it for a nice discount when the soccer championship event was going on) <img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy">

  • PhoenixNightly Thanks for sharing this with the community! Do you have any insight into the program and how it differs from Adobe Illustrator in terms of features and ease-of-use? Some people starting out with Vectors might find AI too cluttered and unnecessarily complex.

    inquiesco, i'm using Drawplus for the last 5 years and i'm very happy.I tried almost every vector software and i chose Drawplus, and this is now a second nature for me.There are a few bugs now and then, but overall is a great tool.They usually drop the DrawplusX5 price to 12$.

  • PhoenixNightly cesisco Thank you both for your insights, I have AI already but was curious as to how it handles as I always like to find alternatives to programs I find full of obfuscation for no reason. I'll download the trial tomorrow and give it a spin, .

  • Also I link to the Australian side because for some reason the US side doesn't offer Paypal (those in the US that want to use Paypal). So the trick is to be on the Australian side so you can get to Paypal .

  • Use Adobe Flash if you are going adobe route and not illustrator. Illustrator is very clumsy. You can not only create vector art in HD but also animate in flash.

    Crazy talk animator and animestudio, have their own learning curves, but if a person knows flash, can easily grasp those two.

    I am going through spriter right now, will see how it works. But with flash your assets can be used for any game engine, whether cocos, flash, unity, torque, game salad and construct 2. Spriter is good only if you are working with construct 2.

  • Why wouldn't Spriter work with other engines? It exports the separate frame pngs, spritesheet, sprite strip and animated gif in b10 of the Pro Version. The best part is once you do an animation like a walk cycle you can just replace the parts and don't have to start from scratch again and just modify. Yes they made a special plugin for C2 but it isn't just limited to C2.

  • As I said Pheonix I am sill going through spriter, so I am not sure about all the features it has and how can it be used.

  • [quote:1opsbw2t]But with flash your assets can be used for any game engine, whether cocos, flash, unity, torque, game salad and construct 2. Spriter is good only if you are working with construct 2.

    I was going by your statement which you said flash was more universal and Spriter was only good for C2. You are content creator and readers seeing that would get a misconception of Spriter which isn't true. IMO Putting out something like that can hurt the developers that are trying to build up more money to continue improving Spriter.

  • Flash is no doubt universal, while spriter is new kid on the block. I came to know about it only on scirra forums. I believe spriter has a plugin only for construct. In that way it is very limited. I am anyway working with it right now to understand its pros and cons.

    I have no disrespect for the software or the developers, nor I am saying it is not worth it, who knows it might be even better than Flash.

    I did mentioned above : "Use Adobe Flash if you are going Adobe route". Spriter is not included in Adobe route

    I have worked with all major 2D animation software including toonboomstudio. I am also currently writing a book on games and would definitely include Spriter in it if it is worth it. That is why I am testing it right now.

    I did send them an email a month back, no response till date. Anyway no hard feelings man, I do hope spriter can pass the test and actually beat flash. I hate Adobe's new cc model.

  • I hate Adobe's new cc model.

    Completely agree, I hate the cloud idea, regardless of my net being shaky at times I like to actually run the software on my PC, not through a restrictive connection. So, I bought CS6 through EBay and it'll be my last ever Adobe purchase as the suite has everything I'd ever need. Besides, the features they roll out through each new version are barely worth an upgrade cost, they're that inconsequential to many. Their monopoly on the graphics market hasn't been good.

  • Serif DrawPlus is a very good vector software, that everyone interested in making vector art should try out. I use it many times (i use inkscape, too, but for a beginner serif is better in my opinion).

  • famekrafts No problem brother

    Actually on the main serif.com site save 50% on everything today and tomorrow.

    FYI::ALSO as I told people that want to use paypal they have to use Australia side when you decide to upgrade you have to be on that side for it to recognize any purchases you do it on the US side it will say it can't find your purchases.

  • I am actually liking the spriter tuts a lot. The only problem I find is that it is a bit unstable but that can change once the first version comes out.

    I had a talk with mike at their forums and he told me I can sell the animations even with the free version of spriter. So for my next animation packs, I am going to include either graphics ready for spriter or animated in it, including the flash files.

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