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falsedelic Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know you can export a Motion Book as Flash. It appears Motion Book tool was developed in Flash. Can I use any preexisting Flash assets, such as simple animation symbols, in the MB tool? Can it export Flash ready assets or just a finished swf? 
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RichardWatson Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Falsedelic, You can now upload sequences of images to be treated as an animation into the Tool.  There are two ways:

1) In the Motion Book Tool, click Actions>Upload Assets.  In the Upload Assets popup, tick Advanced Options>Treat As Animation Sequence.  Click the Plus to choose your files, and select all the images that make up your animation sequence.  Remember, using this method, the Tool will create the animation Asset in the order of the block of image files that you select.  Only select files that make up your animation sequence; with these options ticked, all image files you upload will create one Animation Asset.
   Once it has uploaded into an Asset, click Add New Layer>Image Sequence, and drag/drop your Animation Asset to the New icon at the bottom of the Layer.  You will not be able to see the animation, but now when you add an Effect, two new options appear: Play and Pause which you can use to designate the start and stop times of the animation.  
   In the Layer itself there are options for Duration and Loop.

2) The second way is to Add New Layer>Image Sequence.  From there you can drag/drop individual files into the layer's Image area, and rearrange as needed.  Of course, you will need to have uploaded each of the images from the sequence into the Tool.  This method gives you flexibility in creating the sequence, but you cannot "re-use" this animation, in another Page for instance, as you would be able an Animation Asset created from the first method.

Hope this helps!
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falsedelic Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That does help as far as importing assets. I've noticed some videos of MF comics on the web. You have to use some kind of screen capture utility for that?
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ChalupaGuzzlingCorgi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would just a storybook work? I mean....I dont really see why it would be limited to just comics and stuff.
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BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Absolutely right (and sorry for the delayed response) you can tell any story with words and pictures - or for that matter some people have just used words - there are poems and kids books and photo books being made, look forward to seeing how you use the Motion Book Tool  - have fun :D
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ChalupaGuzzlingCorgi Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah! Thank you so much! This clears up a lot of things. I'm still sort of testing the waters with these sort of things and I cant wait to sink my teeth into it. It's all good on a late response. Better late then never I always say. Thank you for the info. This gives me more I can do with my series then.
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SuperMoonImagination Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Am I allowed to use the motion books application to present a fan fiction work?

I'm not sure if I would need special permission from the franchise owners to do that with motion books; I couldn't see any information on this in the Madefire terms of use. If not I simply won't use it. :)

Also, the fan fiction would be free of course, so that wouldn't be an issue.
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BenWolstenholme Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
If it is free, respectful and you're crediting the IP owner then you should be ok but it depends on the material and owner. I recommend putting something of your own up and having fun with it! :D good luck
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