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The biggest difference for me with Spine compared to the other tools is it doesn't have missing pieces. Besides the UI being great for building animations, the runtimes are superb. They are efficient and designed well, and the animations in my game work exactly like they do in Spine. I tried the other popular tools, but they had really annoying interfaces and their runtimes were a joke, or they don't even have runtimes! See More
Yes, there will be a free upgrade to Spriter Pro 2 which will have this feature, but it will be years until that program is read as mentioned on the official site. The issue being that they do not have a way to program this in their current exported runtime. So, for not both Dragon Bones, Spine, and Blender, are the best options it seems for 3D mesh support which really adds something to game animations. See More
This is a very useful feature because you can make a walk animation that you can simply change the animation weight to see the character start running, because it will increase the scale of the movement of the bones in the animation. This will increase the hand and the leg swing as you increase the animation weight and the character, making it appear as though it is running. See More
In most cases you'll have to export and edit sprite sheets. This will consume memory. Also, FBX file support is limited and not all features will run in Unity. Aside from Unity, there is no support for runtimes for video game engines. Also, many animation features such as vector integrated features will not export to Unity. Spriter, Spine, and Dragon Bones would be better options. See More
It beats Adobe Flash and Toon Boom at vector based animation. It has more features for 2D vector animations with it's integration with 3D mesh and bone rigs. Smart bone rigs create better animtions with less distortions then Toon Boom, and there are no bone rig animation options with Adobe Flash. See More
Free, and has most of the same functionalities as other skeletal animation tools. Works with the Unity Editor. See More
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