When comparing GrafX2 vs Fusion Character Animator, the Slant community recommends GrafX2 for most people. In the question“What are the best 2D animation tools for game development?” GrafX2 is ranked 3rd while Fusion Character Animator is ranked 7th.
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Pro Supports tileset addition and extraction
Pro Scriptable using Lua
GrafX2 is scriptable using the Lua language, which can be used to automate tasks and add new functionality to it. The script library features advanced color reduction and enhancement tools, palette analysis, and much more.
Pro Very large number of tools and effects
Pro Supports many file formats
GrafX2 supports many file formats, including the popular gif and png, but also importing and exporting from deluxe paint, degas elite, and various other editors using custom formats.
Pro Supports animations
The program has a basic support for animation using frames in newer versions. Graphics can be cloned and copied between frames and changed slightly.
See here how to animate with GrapfX2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gnq6zBZOqoM
Pro Free, open source, and cross-platform
GrafX2 is totally free to use, copy, and modify. It's available on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Haiku, AROS, MorphOS, SkyOS, Syllable, Mint, and a few more systems. Basically anything is supported by the SDL library.
Pro Has a great palette tool
You can create gradients from one color to another, work in either RGB or HSL color space, save and load palettes, sort and organize palettes, and even work on "color cycling" images.
Pro Has a customizable UI with themes support
Theme UI style can easily be changed from settings including buttons and colors.
Pro Palette Color Cycling
GraphX2 being based on older 256 bitmap software has inherited some tricks that modern pixel editors do not have . One of them being the ability to cycle color palette and produce animations and effects with it.
Pro Editor module
Sprite art can be edited within FCA with paint/draw, tint and scaling tools.
Pro Requires no knowledge of sprite animation
FCA provides a collection of pre-built animations, and only requires the user to supply images for each body part.
Pro Works with most popular game engines
Fusion Character Animator is compatible with MMF2, Fusion 2.5, Scirra Construct, GameDev, RPGMaker VX Ace, Game Maker and Unity 2D.
Pro Pixelate Me for retrogaming
Sprites can be automatically reduced and pixelated, with additional control over the color palette.
Pro Easy to manage generated pictures and folder
Export file manager can manager or erase easily generated pictures.
Con Ancient interface
The interface looks and feels like it came out of a 20 year old commodore amiga.
Con Basic tool
The program is not a powerful tool, you can only choose from a small selection of pre-set animations and pre-drawn sprites.
Con Humanoid sprites only
FCA uses a single human-shaped skeletal model, and all the provided animations are for human movement.