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Thanks for all the great questions!

In case you haven't already seen the first journal with a few answers, just click on this motionbooktool.deviantart.com/… to check them out!

To augment our first round of answers, here are a few more answers to recent questions:

Q1) Will users have to have coding knowledge/experience?
A1) Not at all!  The tool is actually really simple for anyone to use with a great user interface (that we are refining as I write these words to make even better)!

Q2) Will the user be able to drop in sound assets, music, and sound effects into the motion books?
A2) Yes, it is very easy to implement .mp3 files with any sound you like and trigger them where you want in the story! You can also adjust volume intensity in the MBT, looping, and fade in / fade out of either a loop or a single play through of your sound.

Q3) If I were to go ahead and start drawing my comic, are there any technical aspects to my approach that could help me prepare to integrate with the motion book technology?
A3) Yes.
    1) When creating your art, think in terms of Background, Midground, and Foreground layers and develop these elements as complete pieces. That will make it easier later to apply effects that move elements in a panel in relation to each other. If you plan for that in advance, you won't need to cut elements of your art later and re-draw backgrounds where elements were removed.

    2) More info on file types are coming, but the common type we use for images are .png files. You can also have .png files with transparent pixels.

    3) We usually work in a full canvas resolution of at least 2048 x 1536 or larger with source art. Most of the time we'll create the art larger.  Remember, you can always scale your art down easily if you create it too big, but you can't scale art up very easily if it is created too small.

Q4) Can the user upload their own fonts?
A4) Yes, you will be able to upload fonts to use as live text in the tool.

Please keep the questions coming!

Stay tuned to this group and we'll keep you informed on the 'how-s' and 'when-s' as the development completes!

Thanks!
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SkylerVane Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
First of all, I can ask a lot of stupid questions about what the Tool can do now. And ask about what sort of functionality will be added in the future, near and far. I'll hopefully save some of that by asking instead, Is there an authoritative source for a textual run through of everything? I was raised on books, not TV, so I don't absorb information well via YouTube. Y'know, "tech specs"?

That Asked... How closely do the dA presentations of the Motion Books resemble the iPad/Phone versions? Everything exactly the same, except for the touch-interactivity? If so, the question is begged - and might be otherwise - Where is the "back" arrow/button? Just the other day I wanted to go back when I was a few pages in but- Aggghh!

Oh! And I got the impression from something I read that most of the Episodic Releases so far are roughly - or exactly - the 22 pages traditional for Print. Is that a false impression?
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MetaKnight964 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
You don't have to be an expert artist to make a comic with motion book tool do you?
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ssusiessays Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Not at all! It's very simple to use. Trust me when I say that if I can do it, anyone can. I can't wait for you to use it for yourself. It's easy, and you'll pick it up in no time.
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MetaKnight964 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Ok just wanted to be sure. I look forward to using it.
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SOULSSHINE Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
SOME INTEGRATION IDEAS FOR THE MOTIONBOOKTOOL!

::: SMITH MICRO MOTION ARTIST SOFTWARE INTEGRATION! [link]

What about make a bridge Betwen Your cloud Tool and That Software ?
The software allow Html5 Export ... WOuld be needed just for the MotionBook Cloud tool to Import the html5 export From Motion Artists Software ...
OR make a partnership with Smithmicro for be able to export #MotionBookTool Format !

Go talk with SMithmicro right here in deviantart ! :iconsmithmicro:

::: SCIRRA CONSTRUCT INTEGRATION! [link]

Scirra COnstruct Features on MotionBookTool ! Would be GREATH ! ( In a long Future like 5 years or something of course ) !
But why not to Start Making it now ! Scirra Team are just 2 British Developers That are looking for Partnerships actually !
Integrate their HTML5 Gameplay tool into Madefire MotionBookTool ! Making a partnership with them !

Go Talk with Scirra Construct Team NOW ! [link]


Good luck WIth all that !



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THE GAME MOTION BOOKS PRODUCTION UNIVERSE
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BWPhotographry Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
OHHH i forgot to ask will the motion book tool, be able to be used by digital manipulator's who could make graphic novel type motion book's?
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rdricci Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic! Thanks for the answers!
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lightshelter Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
very helpful faq, thank you! :)
are there some hints about available tutorials, yet?

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BWPhotographry Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
I watched the youtube video of you and +spyed and one of the thing's i am interested in is the collaboration side of thing's.
in term's of collaborating with different artists/musician's and the like how will this be implemented? will there be a main artists who gives privileges to other users or will this be done by a password or both?
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ancestorsrelic Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm... is it only for animated comics? I work on a project, already started in Nov. 2012 before Madefire was announced, so it is still an unanimated, traditional comic... so are traditional, static comics are possible too?
It's a little bit annoying: I started my comic-project in Nov. 2012 and dreamed of some more technological possibilities to enhance it... and two of them (animation in Madefire is one of them) were released just a few months after starting my work and can't be completely integrated anymore now without doing all already done work (37 pages) all new :-(
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TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for posting the Q&As, very helpful and keeping them for reference :dalove:
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Katy133 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
Will we eventually be able to make "choose-you-own-adventure" novel (books with choices the readers can make that change the story)?
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PerilComics Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So I assume you won't be able to export the file to your desktop and upload it somewhere else. All comics made here become the property of motion book tool/ Deviantart?
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philby Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does the Tool have music and sound effects ready to use in it, as well as being able to import sounds in? I ask this as someone with zero musical skill who is probably going to have to get someone else to create music for his comic :P
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Aeridis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm not musically talented either, but I do know of a site that has a lot of great, free music. I use it for everything! [link]
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philby Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Dark-Maestro Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013   Writer
What kind of animation/video files would the Motion Book Tool be able to use?
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ChildoftheGreenWood Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I second this questions!
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JoeOtisCostello Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
More info on that is coming...Thanks!
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abi-m Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Great for sharing this, awesome x)!
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Galefaux Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
AGHH I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS.
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Eromaxi Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Good to have some more info from you, guys! Keep it comming!
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Crystal-Gryphon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly what jestloo asked,except will I be able to use it on safari with my iPad?
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Aeridis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You should be able to use it, unless the tool was made in Flash...
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Crystal-Gryphon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok,thank you!^_^
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DevilishDB Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Yes, madefire have an app - deviantART are just porting it to flash (it would be better in HTML5 then you could do it on all devices)
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Crystal-Gryphon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that they have an app,but can you make your own comics on it?i don't have much room left on my iPad though ,and I wouldn't download it anyway.
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DevilishDB Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I think you might be able to
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Crystal-Gryphon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok
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Jestloo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Will there be an app version to create these comics on an iPad, or will it be solely for a computer?
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Aeridis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, the tool will be online, so you should be able to use it on the iPad via web browser. I wouldn't consider it a great idea though, considering that not many iPad drawing apps use transparency, unless the tool will allow you to upload clipping masks as well.
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Jestloo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I have Procreate, and it allows transparency. :)
(I don't know what a mask is... :confused:)
But if it's doable via web browser, then that's great news for me! :D

Thanks! :D
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DevilishDB Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Already is, the official madefire app. deviantART are just porting it to flash.
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ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Artist
I realize this is a bit odd to ask but -- will there ever be a point where static comics can be printed by the creator(s)? I'm merely asking for the sake of being curious.
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JoeOtisCostello Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is a great question- more info on that is coming because it is a little deeper than it seems...Thanks!
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FlintENT Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will there be a download version of this tool in the future?
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Is there any information about ISBN numbers and/or how they will be handled? Thank you for your time.
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JoeOtisCostello Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
More info on this is coming...Thanks!
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Thank you so much! Thank you!
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shadowrunner2323 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this should be good, i can use my own fonts!
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:iconkaty133:
Katy133 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
This sounds great! I'm looking forward to using Motion Book.
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MAGANNEAL Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I LIKE YOUR ICON.
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FlintENT Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I look forward to using this. This will be a great way to tell stories.
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SteampunkGirl198 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student
Just to make sure I understand right. :) If I start designing a comic on say, Manga Studio Debut 4, I will be able to take files from there and integrate them with the Motion Book Tool (as long as they're saved as .png files)?
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Aeridis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
As long as it's .png, it should be fine, I guess, although you might want to take the images and separate them in a different program if you don't wanna make a static comic (I'm actually gonna be using Manga Studio Debut 4 as well.)
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SteampunkGirl198 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student
I'll try that. Thanks. :)
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