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April 23, 2013


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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… 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!

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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?
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?
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.
MetaKnight964 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Ok just wanted to be sure. I look forward to using it.
SOULSSHINE Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist


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 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 !

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?
rdricci Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic! Thanks for the answers!
lightshelter Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
very helpful faq, thank you! :)
are there some hints about available tutorials, yet?


commissions :iconlookitplz: [link] :iconlookitplzleft:commissions
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?
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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