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|Stable release||Express Animator (1.0) / December 1, 2007|
|Website||Express Animator home page|
Express Animator is a software program for making animations, primarily Flash animations for websites. It is similar to Adobe's Flash MX software but has additional features such as skeletal animation and exporting to Silverlight format while lacking advanced features such as advanced scripting. It is of the genre of vector based graphics programs in that it stores the coordinates of the shapes vertices. The shapes are filled with either colours, gradients, or bitmaps.
Express Animator features skeletal animation which is a way of linking together shapes such as arms or legs so that can be animated like a puppet. This allows the user to create moveable characters.
The primary method of animation is that of tweening. This means that the user specifies the position, orientation and colour of the first and last frames of an animation and the computer fills in all the intermediate positions.
var x= SWFobject.TGetProperty("_root.object1",0);
Import and Export Formats
Express Animator imports and exports media files in several formats to various extents. The main ones are:
|Flash Animations||SWF||Imports and exports animations, Flash version 8.0, sound, FLV video, fully featured.|
|Windows Video||AVI||Exports and renders animations to video with sound. Imports windows AVI files as series of bitmaps.|
|Silverlight||XAML||Exports one frame only|
|Scalable Vector Graphics||SVG|| Exports one frame.
Import, compatible with about 99% of SVG images in the Open Clip Art Library.
|Portable Document Format||Exports frames as pages of e-book.|
|Encapsulated Postscript||EPS||Exports one frame.|
|Bitmap formats||BMP JPG GIF PNG TIFF|| Exports and renders single frames or several frames as separate bitmaps.
Imports images into the animation.
|Animated GIFs||GIF||Imports animated GIFS which are imported as movieclips composed of separate bitmaps. Exports animations as animated GIFs of any size.|
|Windows Metafile||EMF||Exports one frame to Windows Enhanced Metafile format.|
|Flash Video||FLV||Imports Flash Video into application for output in SWF files.|
|Windows Audio||WAV|| Imports Windows sound files for use in animations.
Also imports of one track of MIDI files for inbuilt synthesizer.
|Motion Capture||BVH||Imports motion capture files|
It should be noted that since its release in late 2007, updates have been regularly promised (including more advanced scripting functions) but that these have never materialised. The homepage forum has also been kept offline 'for maintenance' for a year and 'News' updates are exceptionally irregular.
- Flash animation
- Scalar Vector Graphics
- Skeletal Animation
- Anime Studio