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Sprite Animation Helper (v 0.94 updated October 28, 2016)

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I often use Paint .NET to make or modify sprite sheets, and one of the things I've always wanted to do was see the animation in action without having to leave Paint .NET. This plugin will allow you to do just that. It lets you view any sequence of animations within a sprite sheet by adjusting the offset, # of columns, and the total # of frames. You can also save all the frames off to individual .png files. Saving an animation as an animated GIF is also supported.

New version 0.94 available (10/28/2016)

Download it here.

(Monetary contribution is not required but is now an option when downloading in case anyone wants to support this plugin.

 

New Video Tutorial

 

 

 

v0.94 Notes

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- Animation frame is now drawn centered
- Minor UI Changes
- Changed the icon

 

 

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Version 0.4:

1) Removed Status bar

2) Made Nearest neighbor the default for zooming. It looks much better this way.

3) The plugin is now located in the Animation category under the Effects menu

Version 0.3 Bugs fixed:

1) Cell bitmap was not being cleared before drawing the next frame

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I didn't get what exactly it does, so it just play the animation been working on in paint.net, but you can't use it to import or export files? And the layers are the frames? Looks interesting anyways, I ll give it a try, I like the UI

EDIT: Never mind I just got it to use, looks cool, thank you very much for this plugin, I think I will never need it, but I am sure it is very important for some people to use with some applications. :)

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Registered just to say thank you for this plugin, it's been invaluable.

One suggestion, how about an option for nearest neighbor scaling instead of blurry linear scaling in the preview window?

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Glad it is useful to you. I have updated the plugin to use nearest neighbor for zooming as you suggested. It was something that had not occurred to me. I have also changed where it is located in the Effects drop down - it is now under Animation instead of Advanced

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Thanks. Does this assist with the tedious task of cutting sprite sheets or do I still have to do that? I usually open a new doc with a 32x32 pixel, select and copy the sprite from the master sheet, Ctrl Tab back to the blank doc and paste. then I may resize or magic wand it transparent. If there is an easier way I'm all ears.

I've been trying it out and can't figure out how to use the plugin. I can't find documentation anywhere. Thanks!

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I just released version 0.5

Version Notes:

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1) Added ability to export each frame to a .png file (sprite sheet cutting)

See first post in this topic for the download

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I have released Version 0.6 of the plugin.

To see what has changed and to get the download link, check the first post in this topic.

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I've released version 0.7 which now uses the current rectangular selection (if there is one) to fill in

the frame width, height and x,y values. See the first post in this topic for the new file.

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oy. for some reason my paint.net program crashes every time I try to use it. It opens up, but then I see some of the settings get switched. BOOM! program crashes.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

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Pangamma,

Is there a pdncrash.log on your Desktop that you can post?

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Pangamma,

Is there a pdncrash.log on your Desktop that you can post?

Indeed. That would be helpful in determining what the problem might be.

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I don't think mine seems to work can you explain to me the steps on how to use it.

A thousand thank yousboltbait.smile.png

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I don't think mine seems to work can you explain to me the steps on how to use it.

A thousand thank yousboltbait.smile.png

Certainly, Check out the tutorial video:

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Recursor-

Thanks for this, I was hoping to make something very similar. What are the chances you'd be willing to share the source so that I can make some updates for my own tastes? Giving you full credit for what you've already done, of course.

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Sprite Sheet Animation Helper Version 0.8 released

V0.8 Notes:

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1) Fixed bug where if your selection rectangle was either as wide as or as tall as the original image, then the selection rectangle was ignored.

2) Added a frame counter

3) Changed the Directory label to a textbox so you can modify the save directory in the textBox instead of having to use the Folder dialog box every time

4) Also if you type in a directory that does not exist into the TextBox, then it will try to create it (note I'm not yet catching any exceptions that might occur here so if you screw up the directory, it could close Paint .NET)

See first post in this topic for the download

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Hi recursor, Just wanted to say thanks for the plugin, and also ask about it. The video tutorial didn't really specify how to actually create an animation, could you give me some help with that? I don't really understand the column thing - it says the number of columns per row to use for the anim, but I only want to use the images from 1 row. Is it just going to take the number of images I specify from that row? When I put the column as 1, and frames as 2, should I be expecting a static image? Because I'm getting the same image moving up and down.

I randomly tried some settings and the animation kept making the guy go off the image. Is there any way to make it just a walking animation like in your video? I don't want him to go off screen.

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Hi recursor, Just wanted to say thanks for the plugin, and also ask about it. The video tutorial didn't really specify how to actually create an animation, could you give me some help with that? I don't really understand the column thing - it says the number of columns per row to use for the anim, but I only want to use the images from 1 row. Is it just going to take the number of images I specify from that row? When I put the column as 1, and frames as 2, should I be expecting a static image? Because I'm getting the same image moving up and down.

I randomly tried some settings and the animation kept making the guy go off the image. Is there any way to make it just a walking animation like in your video? I don't want him to go off screen.

If you only have one row then all you need to do is make sure that the # of columns specified is equal to or greater than the number of frames you have and you'll be ok. If however, your animation spans more than 1 row, then you can use the columns to indicate when the program should go to the next row.

Ex:

Let's say I have 7 frames in my animation, but I have 4 on the 1st row and 3 on the next row as shown below:

[1] [2] [3] [4]

[5] [6] [7]

In this case, you would set columns = 4 and the frames=7. When the program goes to get the 5th frame it knows that there are only 4 frames per row so it goes to the next row to get the 5th, 6th, and 7th frames.

Also, if you have a grid between each cell as shown in my video, then you will want to set the Border equal to the width of those pixels so that they will be skipped. If you have no borders on your frames then be sure to set Border=0.

If your animation moves left or right, then any of the following may be the culprit:

Your cell width/height (the size of each frame)

Your starting offset in the image

Your border size may be wrong

This may require another video to explain more clearly...

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Paint dot net crashes when i try to use this add on.

It shows the Animation helper right before an error message/crash

heres a link to the crash report file, the forum says im not permitted to attach text files, probably because its a log, luckily i have dropbox.

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Ok. I think I've fixed that bug. See The first post in this topic for version 0.81 or the plugin.

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the forum says im not permitted to attach text files, probably because its a log, luckily i have dropbox.

Or you could just upload a ZIP.

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Ok. I think I've fixed that bug. See The first post in this topic for version 0.81 or the plugin.

thanks! works great, this will be handy for me during the ludum dare game making competition this weekend!

ludum dare!!

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Or you could just upload a ZIP.

sending to my dropbox server is faster for me (the sender) and the reciever (people like you) lol

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I really wanna use this, but every time I try to run it, the Animation Helper box will appear, then an error message will pop up saying paint.net needs to close. It then closes and creates this log.

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Major props to the creator of this plugin. I always created animations inside the game engine I use (Game Maker 8 Pro), but now this will make the whole process more convenient. I've consider Promotion in the past, but it's so complicated, while this is perfect to me. :)

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