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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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:iconmrploxykun:
MrPloxyKun 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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:iconkrukof2:
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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:iconkrukof2:
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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