When comparing Spine vs Marionette Studio, the Slant community recommends Spine for most people. In the question“What are the best 2D animation tools for game development?” Spine is ranked 3rd while Marionette Studio is ranked 14th. The most important reason people chose Spine is:
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Pro Integration libraries support most engines
Pro Simplified UI allows for an easy learning curve
No-nonsense workflow allows you to create your artwork in programs much better suited for the task like Illustrator and Inkscape for example, while Spine itself focuses only on the important task of skeletal animation.
Pro Allows for easy use of artwork from third party programs
Spine's developers provide scripts which makes exporting artwork from third party programs much easier to do.
Pro Community-driven feature roadmap
Esoteric Software maintains public Trello boards to help plan and prioritize feature additions.
Pro Funded via Kickstarter
Spine received resounding support from Kickstarter backers, beating its pledge goal by over 5 times.
Pro Actively maintained
Marionette Studio team is actively involved in the development of this software. There is a changelog available and a public Trello board.
Pro Cloud based solution
Projects and files can be stored in cloud and the is no need for creating backups.
Pro Animation export
Animations can be exported as image packs and using some 3rd party tools can be imported and used in Unity.
Pro Easy to use
Can be used by anyone - intuitive interface and short learning curve.
Pro Web-based software
Easy to be accessed as no software needs to be download or installed on your computer.
Con Professional Edition is expensive
Essential edition includes nearly all features, but IK Weights and Mesh Animations are not included in the Essential Edition.
Con No integration for some major engines
Spine does not directly support several popular 2D engines, including Construct 2, Clickteam Fusion, and GameMaker Studio. Unreal Engine and CryEngine also have no native modules.
Con No integration for major game development engines
There is no integration with major game engines such as Unity, Construct 2D, Unreal, Cocos 2dx, etc.