When comparing Spine vs Moho 12, the Slant community recommends Spine for most people. In the question“What are the best 2D skeletal animation tools?” Spine is ranked 1st while Moho 12 is ranked 8th. 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 Waffle issue trackers to help plan and prioritize feature additions.
Pro Price high for this product
Pro Cheaper than Toon Boom and Adobe Products
Cheaper than Toon Boom and Adobe Products. People often complain about the price hike, but the pro version does go on sale, and even the full priced version is less than other insdurty standards on the market.
Pro Good community support
Lots of online forums, Facebook groups, YouTube videos, etc.
Pro It's better than any 2D animation software on the market for vector based animations
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.
Pro Easy to use interface
Quicker to animate and use than other similar products.
Con Spine Professional is expensive
Spine Essential includes nearly all features, except IK, weights, and meshes. Spine Professional is expensive, though it does give all future updates for life (Spine is updated very often).
Con Requires EVERY developer to have a license
Ever developer needs a license, not just the animator, or an overall license for the project. The license agreement is extremely restrictive.
Con Doesn't support gamemaker 2.3
Con No integration for lesser known engines
Spine does not directly support some game engines, such as Construct 2 or Clickteam Fusion.
Con Too expensive
Con Limited support for game engines
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.