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In February, we released Madefire's Motion Book Tool to an initial set of deviants, marking the beginning of the Tool's release on deviantART. We've since seen deviants create a variety of detailed and impressive Motion Books, and are pleased with the artistic diversity that deviants are bringing to the Motion Book Tool.

Check our the amazing examples below to see some of the great work deviants have produced with the tool:

BFOI Round 4 by arkeis-pokemon   INBETWEEN 1 by LiHuaLiu   The Universe Is Not Small (Motion Poem) by The-Port-of-Riches

As we continue to gradually release the Tool to the deviantART community, we want to ensure that the experience of creating and submitting Motion Books is streamlined and efficient from start to finish.

Your Feedback


For deviants who already have access to the Motion Book Tool, we'd appreciate a few minutes of your time to answer the following questions. Your feedback will be used to aid development and testing. Again, please only reply if you have already been given access to the Motion Book Tool.

  • Have you used the Jump Start Guide, video tutorials, or other resources to aide in your Motion Book creation experience?
  • How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?
  • Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?
  • How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?
  • Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?
  • What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?
  • Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.

Your answers will help improve the overall experience of using the Motion Book Tool, and we thank you in advance for your input and feedback.

Want access to the Motion Book Tool?


Please note that the Motion Book Tool is gradually being released. If you would like access to the Motion Book Tool in the future, comment on the launch Journal to let us know. Watch MotionBookTool for updates regarding future updates.




As we continue to release Madefire's Motion Book Tool, we want to ensure that the creation and submission process is streamlined and efficient from start to finish. Deviants who have been given access to the Motion Book Tool, we'd appreciate your feedback to make the best creative environment possible!
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EARTHREALMCOMICS Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
I've started using the motion book tool with the provided assets.  I've been reading the jump start manual along with watching some of the youtube tutorials.  So far the interface to me has been user friendly and self explanatory.  The only issue I've had is when dragging the sound file onto the new layers bar, for some reason it doesn't register.  So I actually clicked the plus button, designated the type of layer, & then dragged the file into the layer... renaming it to match the file. 

I don't know if that's an actual glitch or if my computer has just been on to long and needs to restart.  But since I've found that work around, I haven't tested out that theory.  But I will be, because simply dragging it on will eliminate all of those steps.

Motion comic books are the focus... And the genre depends on the storyline at the given moment. 

Other than that, so far good... I'll continue to share feedback as I go along.
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MasterPloxy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
...Are SWF files Upload-able to Madefire? The amazing thing i've noticed in madefire is it has a lower file size(faster loading time too) here in DA. I'm not sure how it works but It seems to be what i need for my Motion Comics(mostly 20mb ). I just want to put in more animation in some scenes really :/.
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Bloodsong13T Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
  • Have you used the Jump Start Guide, video tutorials, or other resources to aide in your Motion Book creation experience?
  • --- yes, i followed the jump in tutorial video playlist thingy.  and read part of the online manual.

  • How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?
  • --- zero :P

  • Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?
  • --- at first, i was a little leery of working 'on the web,' but i've gotten more used to it.  and some of the workflow steps are REALLY awkward.  and sometimes i'm afraid if my stuff stops being 'recent,' that i'll never find it again.  :X

  • How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?
  • --- fun, yet frustrating.

  • Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?
  • --- i have scripts/ideas/storyboards, but no artwork yet.

  • What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?
  • --- yeah.  :P  okay, maybe not literature.

  • Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.
  • --- i was wondering if it could be used to make a video, like an intro sequence or something.  but i don't think it can be video captured (at least, not by fraps).
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Doctorductape Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
When is this damn program coming out. I swear I been waiting for it for over a year now.
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JohnEwen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   General Artist
Looks like it's out now ; access it through the 'submit' tab .
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krukof2 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional

:bulletred:  Have you used the Jump Start Guidevideo tutorials, or other resources to aide in your Motion Book creation experience?

  •  I use the help  and tutorials from madefire ! 

:bulletred:   How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?

  • 3 ... but I m still learning ( the  firsts were just animated pictures )

:bulletred: Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?

  • Yes BUT ... the bugs  are very .... :rage:  You created a page and the preview is OK , and when it's published , elements are not at the same place , so  your animation doesn't work at all and kill your naration...

:bulletred: How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?



:bulletred: Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?

  • After these 3 works I post on DA I will use the motion book format , and this amazing tool in my professionnal work.


:bulletred: What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?

  • Motion comics / animated pictures


:bulletred: Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.

  • Yes things like animated book covers / Animated illustrations . The book format  is very cool ,but there a lot of possibilties  with it. Video clips , for exemple... :D


  • Ill fix the problemsin few days  and I will add sounds and music ! :
  •  THE ORACLE by krukof2  
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krukof2 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional
Thanks for this journal
Learning to work with motion book tool  I did this :
 THE ORACLE by krukof2  My Sweet Valentine (Motion Picture) by krukof2  ANIMATION : La Plume +  La Malediction -37s by krukof2  

i will follow the links people gives here !!!
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ladyZosimos Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I watched the tutorials before I subscribed to this group. But for a month, the site always told me that I was registered but not yet given the access. Until today, my inbox  haven't received any new about the access. Just by chance after reading this journal, I watched the video tutorial again about starting the Tools......and I have access!!!

So, no I haven't started using it until now. I guess this weekend will be an exciting time for me. I will fill the questionnaire afterwars.

THANK YOU for the access!!!!!!
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Dediggefedde Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014

Yes, I took a look immediately before beginning to work with the tool! No additional resources, though.

  • How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?

I don't have that much time and a very complicated motion book, so there is only a WIP in my Stash. it consists of 4 chapters and has some animations and a timeline around 4min.

  • Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?

Mostly comfortable. Sometimes it crashes for me, but I manage to make enough save-points to not bother much about that. However, it's very comfortable that it's a web-app. I can work from multiple PCs and locations. Less comfortable is the lack of export/backup options. I wonder what will happen, if sometime the motionbook storage is full or there is a server-attack...

  • How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?

Before motionbook I was using adobe flash for the previous 6 chapters. each chapter is a graphical novel with some basic animation, but mostly more comparable with a comic than an animation. Mentioning that, using motionbook is much more comfortable. Though, I noticed it's kind of hard to create text-bubbled, even the standard ones. "Kind of hard" regarding that this is actually primarily intended for comics and similar works.
Also making more complex chapters/"pages" with lots of events also tends to get confusion.

  • Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?

I am adapting finished quest-chapters from tgchan.org into an motion book. I have done the first 6 chapters in adobe flash or similar software and now adapt the 7th as a motionbook. I'm not much of a writer/comic artist but more a developer of various languages. That's why I usually do collaborations with designers or artists that like to concentrate on their parts. ^^

  • What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?

Actually there are favourite stories in all of that genres. may it be children's books, horror or classical literature, what's more interesting is the way of writing and the love of the artist for the story.

  • Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.

As I mentioned, I use it to make something more like a graphical novel or animation than a book or comic. I guess, making scientific presentations with moving illustrations or bigger animation-parts, would sure be interesting! But In my opinion, an export-feature to have some confidence with backups or even the possibility to publish the swf-files on other sites. For the moment, I use deviantart as a publishing platform, otherwise I would need to write a page on my website to have the html included as I don't really like the direct access link on the motionbook-website.

if anyone cares to take a look at my project: sta.sh/017xaazc2925

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321456qwe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
1) I've used both the guide and videos. They were useful.

2) Created one page to mess around in. Never submitted.

3) Yes, it's pretty straight forward.

4) There's definitely a learning curve with anything new but that's to be expected. Once you learn the ropes it's pretty intuitive. I don't have to much experience with the more advanced effects to I can't really comment on that particularly.

5) I've been working on a script and tailoring it specifically for Madefire.

6) If it's on Madefire I'm interested.

On a side note, I get an error message when opening up public pages/projects.

Error 2068: ArgumentError, Error #2068

It always appears when I scroll back on the timeline. I'm not sure if this is a permission error. But it would be nice to be able to open a public project and see its "innards" instead of having to read the comic and reverse engineer it in your head to figure how a certain effect or combo effect was performed. This would definitely help with speeding up the learning process for more complex effects. 
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Brollonks Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
1) I tried out several functions by myself, and if there was any problem, I found help due to some guides that explained the basics well enough.

2) I created some tests to try out different ways to design the pages and how to handle the overall workflow, yet all tests I did are solely for the purpose of exploring the Motion Book's possibilities and are not meant to be published.

3) I think there should be a cleaner layout for managing own uploads and images (I think, maybe, more folders and maybe subfolders could help - however maybe it has been implemented already, I spend some time away from the Motionbook tool to develop my content), but I still managed to feel comfortable.

4) The overall experience, once I knew the basics, was quite good so far.

5) I am in the process of creating my content, however, from time to time I will check the tool and try out some more tests to make sure the endresult will have no problems during the Motion Book-creation.

6) Comics, Graphic Novels, and Storybooks. Anything that is illustrated and tells a story, so to say - pure text can work as well. My genres reach from fantasy, scifi, to all sorts of crossovers and is what I am interested in.


7) Before my stories are far enough in development to be put together as motionbooks, I will use Motion Book to create sketchbooks, tutorial motionbooks (step by step with explanation) or some kind of "guides" that explain background-stories and information about my own storyverse. There are some more ideas I will keep for myself for now, but I can definitely say that there is a lot more to do apart from stories.
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Comickpro Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I did the guides and they were easy enough to follow and create movement but the masking concept still confused me and I didn't quite get what it did since i only followed along and did it but didn't know what it had accomplished?? 
  •     How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?
Im working on one atm but nothing submitted to da yet.  The main issue being that I need to have all my assets in gear and ready before I can import things to start the page and time is short (very busy person) so i move very slowly when it comes around for me to sit down open photoshop and strip my comic apart and turn them into new little jpeg pieces so I can have things to move and stack on the page.
  •     Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?
I wish that I could grab and drag them around easier...the hand always moves the canvas around and not what I select unless I pick the one corner that allows movement. Its a little annoying. I also had a whole page ready and animated and then when i went to page 2 and added in jpegs they were appearing at the start of the page so i tried to "hide" them and then let them appear at the right time but something would always overlap or fade and you'd see the fragments were moving across a panel like ghosts. I think I need to learn this more? Also I know there has to be a faster way to re-size, twist and get things to move to a spot then just clicking the arrows that show its position right?? cant I put it in one spot and then somehow tell it to arrive at a location by dragging it there? Again Im not too comfortable yet with the tool or in getting a final happy page and then getting to the transitions of the next page and so on are still very foreign and not explained well enough. 

  •     How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?
Based on what I've seen out there made with the tool I know its a powerhouse and can do some awesome things! So I'm still going to keep on trying and learn the tool. Its not that hard for simple panel glides and fades and things, but when I want more then that and try to make lots of things move at once or in snyth or even make it time and end when I want it too I have to tweak it all a lot. I like it so far and what it has the potential to do, but I get kinda put off or mentally tired when I have to click so many (option>option>option>option)/combine with item (option>option>option) and then move both in layer 12 (option>option>option).<--all of which i drag and tweak with a timeline that I need to input secs and stops. haha but maybe that's just the nature of the beast and i will need to adjust to it :b
  •     Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?
I have two entire comic books done (art and script) which I self publish and sell in a real book format. I want the digital one to be a step up from it and more unique and distinct from the paper version to make it worth getting for this new added element... like an animated storyboard of the comic come to life with motion, small simple animated characters (eyes and limbs moving a bit), and later maybe sounds and music. Like I said it takes time to adapt a premade page since the art itself and panels need to be cut apart (some parts I have to redraw to include the lineart that's layering under limbs or objects), and then figure out how to get it to flow because now my reader is watching this and reading it so timing is more important and clicks and interaction and words flow differently.
  •     What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?
I'm interested in comics, indie and underground more then superhero or manga. I prefer horror, dark comedy and sci-fi most. but fantasy and surreal are great too. 

  •     Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.
no not really, my main focus would be comic books and maybe a children's book in the future or an art book showcasing my painting with interactive menus, videos, and things.

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Snashyle Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Have you used the Jump Start Guide, video tutorials, or other resources to aide in your Motion Book creation experience?
I've read the Jump Start Guide, but after that I started quickly playing around. :)

How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?
None yet. :saddummy:

Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?
It's a tool with a lot of functions and options and I haven't played long enough with it to be able to be very comfortable with it.

How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?
Slow. ^^; Before you can go creating your Motion Book, you need to have all your art finished and dialoge set. I stopped fiddling around with as I don't have a story yet. Nevertheless is it a great Tool and I love playing around with it! :nod:

Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?
I have a short story in mind, but I still need to do a lot of work before I can work on the final pictures to use in the Tool.

What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?
Comics/graphic novels, illustrated books, science fiction, fantasy...

Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.
I don't know, maybe? :shrug:
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8OJ4N Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It needs a lot amount of pre-work (before composing it in MotionBook Tool) so... Using a tool is not that hard. Making a movie-like feeling to it is.
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SaraMcNamara Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
- Looked at a few videos
- Not made any so far, in the writing process
- I feel intimidated by the level of talent plus there are usually 6 people working together on one, not sure how i can do half as good.
- It doesn't seem that hard to visually do, the writing is the hardest part so far.
- Don't want to do a story that is boring, irrelevant
- Childrens stories, fantasy, science fiction, science art, illustrated books, cook books, craft books, comics, literature, alot more etc etc
- I want to do duplicate books but in english, german, irish and french. Learning language books? 

It would be cool if the motion books had a) click spots, that send you to different pages, like the old goosebump books that gave you different outcomes for different paths and b) have a gif application, i think gifs dont take up much space and would be cool to have a slightly moving image (sorry if its already included, could not see it there myself so i was just wondering)
like a blinking girl, or swaying or shivering or clothes swirling - it would need like 5 images for a gif?

Im wondering when we make the books can we sell them to read if we dont have a premium profile? if i make money off my books, i would switch to premium but i dont want to unless i know im making something.
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carol-colors Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Yes, I have used the tutorials and read the guide.

I have done several page experiments but no full books.

It's comfortable to work with.

The experience is enjoyable, you just need to be organized while putting pages / books together.

I do not presently have a finished story to adapt.

I enjoy all genres.
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VonHollde Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I have! I did the whole tutorial, I found the videos difficult because English it's not my first language and the voice speaks a bit fast, so I used the written guide instead.
  •     How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?
Submitted, none, I was working on one (I just cut the panels of a part of my webcomic and tried to do something). I need to go back to work again...
  •     Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?
I do! It's really easy to learn, I love it :D
  •     How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?
I love it. But you actually have to think the pages. Adapting a normal comic to motion can be done, but I think it's better if you do all the work thinking on the motion. So I felt like I should start a whole new work just to use all the potential of the tool. Or maybe I still need more practice. Motion Comics and standard comic are really different, I didn't knew really until I spend a whole day reading motion comics and building a page
  •     Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?
I am working on a webcomic right now. (kind of post-apo, sci fi) I'll like to make an adaptation someday, or an new comic made just for the motion. 
  •     What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?
I prefeer sci-fi comics, historical fictions. I love to work on digital, since I'm not good inking. Most of what I read is manga, but I think my work is more comic than manga... Anyway, what I love is creating something, how you call it it's not as important :)
  •     Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.
Nope, I don't. I just like comics ;P Maybe a tutorial...



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Anyura Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
  • Have you used the Jump Start Guide, video tutorials, or other resources to aide in your Motion Book creation experience?
    Yes, they were very helpful. :)
  • How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?
    None, because I don't have anything I could transfer into the motion book format right now, but I tried out some things from the tutorial.
  • Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?
    It's quite easy, I haven't encountered any major problems yet, but I haven't worked with it a lot either.
  • How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?
    Interesting and new. It's exciting to plan a page (all the motions, effects), it's much more lively than just a regular comic page for example. I also love seeing the result.
  • Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?
    No, I'm still in the process. Quite in the beginning, too. But I can't wait to try to bring it into the motion book. :)
  • What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?
    Comics and illustrated books | urban fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, drama, action, comedy
  • Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.
    Maybe character sheets or other additional information charts for the stories.

Thank you deviantArt for bringing us this great tool and all the updates. You're doing a fantastic job! :D

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Anyura Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and of course the Madefire team! :blush:
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Razio Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Is it comming for Windows??
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wreckling Featured By Owner May 12, 2014   Writer
Hi there! Because the Motion Book Tool is an in-browser app, it's usable in Windows the same way it's usable on Mac. :)
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Razio Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
How can I set it up on my PC??
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wreckling Featured By Owner May 27, 2014   Writer
You don't, you just access it by visiting the Tool website from your internet browser. :)
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Razio Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I don't see how. I want to create my own artwork with this program .
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LabLayers Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Long story short: I can't access the Motion Book Tool because I can't access my sta.sh. >.<
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Drawing-24-7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had a look but I haven't had a chance to make anything, due to my pc dieing and this laptop being a jerk.
But from what I've seen, I like and can't wait to make something.
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theanimeartist1 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
  •     Have you used the Jump Start Guidevideo tutorials, or other resources to aide in your Motion Book creation experience? 
  • Yes, and I feel that they help quite a bit, at least fo rme ^^ I still don't have any music to add, but I do enjoy playing with the animation sequences you can create with the tutorials!
    •     How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART? 
      None as of the moment, though I do plan to do one soon... If I can squeeze in enough time ^^;
      •     Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not? 
        Yes, but it does have it's moments. Call me a grandma, but I like simpler technology. Some technology is difficult to me, but that's because I'm probably the most old-fashioned teenager anyone could meet... I have issues with the new Youtube setup, so having some issues with the Motionbook layout really doesn't surprise me. Nor is it a major concern.
        •     How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?
        • I think it is fun, mainly because I like to try out new technology, but also because it is interesting. I wish I had more time in my schedule to use with it ^^;
        •     Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating? 
          I am in the process (gosh for so freaking long!) of creating a story. It is mainly the layout that is irking me, I have the main screenplays already done
          •     What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other? 
            I like mostly all of them, but as for creating them, I am trying to create Manga. It is mostly because of my art style, but I do have a sort of mind that automatically thinks of life as a comic, with my life struggles as rising action, so it isn't very different for me. For me I am a character in a comic, just with less superpowers and/or spandex.
            •     Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe. 
              Not really, I am actually in the process of making art for one of my books I plan to animate with the Motionbook tool... Been taking longer than expected, but I do really enjoy doing a good job and getting good feedback from my watchers. I do want to impress myself as well as myself! It will probably be one of my best works I have done, most likely ever. (lol)
                Hope I helped!
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                DeviBrigard Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
                Have you used the Jump Start Guidevideo tutorials, or other resources to aide in your Motion Book creation experience?
                nope, I prefer to poke around on my own. I'll look if I have trouble.
                How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?
                none, still working on the assets for my first one.
                Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?
                I am a little hesitant using it, because I'm not sure how much bandwidth it uses. I don't want to spend a couple of hours working on a project only to find it has used all my data allowance :shrug: 
                How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?
                limited.
                Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?
                Not quite, still a bit of art to go.
                What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?
                I'm working on an illustrated children's book.
                Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.
                Not really. Since it is similar to Flash, the only thing I can think of is maybe a game, and I can use Java for that :shrug:
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                spid3y916 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
                I think that since I use a smaller screen that Motion Book Tools doesn't fit correctly.
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                Forru Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
                Yes, I have~:music:
                They help understanding the Motion Book a lot more.
                •     How many Motion Books (if any) have you created and submitted to deviantART?
                None. Still learning how to use it between school work. ^^;
                ...school makes me very busy, unfortunately.
                •     Do you feel comfortable working with the Motion Book Tool? Why or why not?
                So far, yes. I haven't run into anything particularly confusing. If it is, I just look at the tutorials and I get what I'm trying to do.
                •     How would you describe the overall experience of creating with the Motion Book Tool?
                Awesome :dummy:
                Hehe, it's a lot of fun :la:
                •     Do you currently have a finished story (script and art) that you’d like to adapt to the Motion Book format, or are you still in the process of writing/drawing/creating?
                I'm still writing the story. Working on character art. I plan on making a book of character profiles when I finish all the art. It'd serve as a preview for what I'm making :)
                •     What genre interests you as a creator: comics, manga, anime, literature, illustrated books, children’s books, science fiction, horror, or other?
                I prefer manga over comics, but mostly because the only comics I've found are superhero comics and I find those a tad boring. I do enjoy humorous comic strips, though.
                Illustrated books are nice, but they're even better as picture books. :XD:
                I love literature. Most of my stories start out being written this way before I turn them into comic strips.
                •     Are you interested in using the Motion Book Tool to make something other than a book or short story? If so, please describe.
                It'd be awesome if I could make some moving pictures. The program seems like it'd make some good animations. Maybe I'd do a forest scene and, as you click through the pages, the time of day slowly changes to night and back.
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                GillianIvy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
                To start, I used the guide, then made a testing page for a story I want to make with the Motion Book Tool.  Then I experimented with different transitions, etc by making templates/layouts to acquaint myself with the tool.
                    
                I've created 4 projects, 5 with the JumpStart included.  I have a test one where I troubleshoot and notate the experiences and bugs.  I have my templates, which I've made publicly accessible as a resource for others to use.  And the teaser/rough draft of my story.
                    
                I feel comfortable with the Tool, it has a natural and logical progression with the timeline structure and drag n drop ease.  It takes a little getting used to, but so long as your layers are uniquely and recognizably named, it shouldn't get too confusing to navigate through.  I've been starting small and gradually working to more complicated effects.  And watching their 1st session was very informative, I can't wait for more!
                    
                I think the design is intuitive, the colors are easy on the eyes so do not cause any fatigue, the whole thing is very user friendly.  I am completely new to 'animating' anything, though I have played around with the controls of Flash or minimally with PS timeline.  But I never made anything with those.
                    
                I have an unfinished story with a few sketches in mind.  But nothing concrete yet.  I haven't had as much time as I would like for this.
                    
                Sci-Fi/Fantasy, horror, etc...
                    
                I have thought it would be fun to create animated art, digital paintings that move in layers.  Basically a digital coffee table book.  Also, I thought it would be useful to create tutorials on.  Instructional books where the instructions and images pop up a step at a time.  There could be millions of applications for that.

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                Anonymyth Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
                Yes, I have used them all, as I was unable to figure it out otherwise.

                None submitted, but I worked on some testing thing.

                I'm comfortable with the tool, but it requires patience and time. 

                It was hard at first, but once you get a hang of it, it's very nice and easy :)

                I made a test project with stick figures and 5-year-old-ish art lol; I have very little time currently o)--(

                I want to try making an illustrated book-style thing with this.

                Maybe I'll use it to make some tutorials,.
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                BrokenTales Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014   Writer
                I've not used the video tutorials, but I do make use of the user guide. I also look through already released MotionBooks for more ideas on what works / what is possible.

                None submitted (yet), but I'm in the process of putting a motion comic together.

                I'm comfortable with the Tool, although it does require some planning and patience for a complex scene.

                It can be a fiddly at times (especially when managing folders), and running everything through a browser doesn't help, but I'm always impressed by the results when it all comes together.

                We're still in the process of creating. Script is done, artwork is well under way, and the first part will hopefully be compiled soon.

                Comics mostly, although I see a lot of potential in the typical Manga style. I'm interested to see what people come up with for literature as well.

                No other plans - I'm just focusing on the comic at the moment. :)
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                Kqbuckley Featured By Owner Edited Jul 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
                Broke Tales was awesome! Glad to hear you are starting to get comfortable with the tool and I'm looking forward to seeing what else you make with it! 

                As you said, a complex scene can require some planning and patience. I find it helpful to plan out my layers and animations on paper before I even begin to think about building in the tool. If you are interested, here is a post I made about a year or so ago on how I sketched out my pages for Houses of the Holy:

                www.madefire.com/blog/2013/02/…

                Good luck and stick with it! And be sure to ask questions of your fellow Deviants and Madefire Staff. 
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                BrokenTales Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Writer
                I've not tried sketching out the movements on paper to help plan it out, so I'll have to give that a go and see if it helps me keep everything together.

                One thing I did consider (but never got round to) was writing out timelines so I could see exactly what was happening when - in case I needed to make any small amendments and then had to realign the timings for everything else. Is that something you've tried?

                Thanks :)
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                Kqbuckley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
                I haven't tried keeping track of the timeline, but I do keep track of the positions of images and things. For ex. if I set an image to move -14 horizontal and 20 vertical, setting another move afterwards going 14 h and -20 v will put the image back to it's starting position. I've probably got some videos about effects and such if you are ever interested in viewing them.
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                BrokenTales Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   Writer
                That would be worth seeing. Are they uploaded somewhere?
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                The-Port-of-Riches Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
                So far I like it. I am really impressed with the simplicity of the tool, and plan on doing a whole lot more with it.
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                GillianIvy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
                Grats on getting featured here :D  I really enjoy the tool as well.
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                The-Port-of-Riches Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
                Thanks. ^_^ I love this tool. I've got so many ideas, I haven't yet finished them all.
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                Kqbuckley Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
                I can't wait to see what you do next! Thanks for giving us a shot! It's only going to get better and better.
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                The-Port-of-Riches Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
                I agree.
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                GillianIvy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
                Good luck with it :D
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                The-Port-of-Riches Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
                Thanks. ^_^
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