Aquafadas MotionComposer 1.5 review
MotionComposer is tool for creating Flash or HTML 5 animation via a mainly graphical-driven interface. This consists of a main working area- the Main Edition View- for assembling elements (components) of the animation, including text, images and rectangular shapes, and an Inspector panel for editing their properties. An image manager tracks how many instances of an imported image are used in the document and can also be used to automatically replace or apply a non-destructive crop to any of the assets. Animation is powered by a graphical timeline - the Slide List- where each slide is a stage in the animation.
Individual ‘states’ that make up the slide can be added by clicking a plus icon in the Slide List, and then components can be added to each within the Main Edition View. You can move, resize or adjust the properties of the components on states and the application will subsequently animate the changes automatically.
Flash is the default output, though HTML 5 output is included for compatibility with webkit browsers on iPhone and iPads. An option to export the animation as a Widget for embedding in iBooks has also been added in this version. You can preview the animation in HTML5, and in a browser once published, using dedicated buttons on the interface.
This is a very simple, truly code-free way to create animation, enhanced by some nice shortcuts for automating the process and access routes to digital publishing. However text formats and styles are limited, as is the variety of shapes supported. The lack of audio support also damages MotionComposer’s multimedia credentials.