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Recommendations for Animate Rigging tool extensions

Participant ,
Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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The character rigging tools in Animate are just garbage. They havent been changed or updated to a workable tool for several years. I teach animation but I'm teaching the advanced class this year. I know about the EDAP tools, but our district has blocked the site because it's in "Bulgaria," lol. I have them downloaded but have not been given support to have student upload them... Are their any tools from a company that are purchaseable that anyone highly recommends? These will be higher level thinking students, 10-12 graders. Thank you. 

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Guru ,
Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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EDAP Tools' Smart Magnet Rigs are the only pro-grade FK/IK rigging and posing system for Flash and Animate.

 

If EDAP Tools are good for tens of thousands of users all over the world, including many studios, schools and universities,  they should be good for your keen high-school students too.

 

The policy you describe is ridiculous and shameful.

For the benefit of your students and the practical usefulness of your classes you should work on reversing this baseless policy.

 

Nick - Character Designer and Animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of the Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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Thanks for responding Nick. Nothing to do with Bulgaria, but rather a bit of not understanding fully the set of tools I believe and also just a safety precaution for any possible anything snuck into things like free apps, etc. Again, this is a tool extension so I don't see how that would be possible, but that's the fear from technology. Trying to get policies changed in public education is always a fight. I'm good at what I do so I never mind attempting multiple times to get things changed to benefit the students. That's why I'm asking for other possible options if there are any so I can pitch those as alternatives. If you have any hard number data showing how many use it that I can use to support my stance that it's a safe tool, by all means, pass it over. Thanks Nick. 

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Guru ,
Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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Hi @Tgibs2 ,

 

We have had our first public release in 2011 and since then have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible to achieve in Flash, not only as software developers, but also by making solid contributions in establishing a theoretical framework for a well-structured approach toward organizing and maintaining Flash-based animation productions.

 

Our work is highly-regarded as pioneering among the Flash Animation community.

 

Personally, I am a veteran animator, animation lecturer, author and UX professional with more than 30 years in the industry. The same applies to my friend and colleague Vlad - @Vladin M. Mitov - who is the software architect of EDAP Tools.

 

Our site is not blacklisted anywhere and has а perfectly clean track record. Checks with Virus Total always run green.

 

We wish you good luck in navigating this paranoid environment, so that you as a teacher and your students can make the most out of the unique resources that https://flash-powertools.com/ provides!

 

Best regards

Nick - Character Designer and Animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of the Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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Nov 28, 2023 Nov 28, 2023

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Nick, I know you said it scans green with Virus Total. Is this public knowledge, as in their evidence out their for this, or is this something where I would have to have the virus total software and would have to run it myself? Thank you. 

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Nov 28, 2023 Nov 28, 2023

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Hi @Tgibs2 ,

Virus Total is a public service where you can check files or sites:

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload

 

Nick - Character Designer and Animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of the Flanimate Power Tools team - extensions for character animation

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