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Socoder -> Art and Sound -> Pixaki

Posted : Friday, 11 October 2019, 07:42
Jayenkai

Pixaki


Woke up this morning to find that SpriteSomething on iPad would no longer load.
I don't know why. I've tweaked and poked at the iOS settings, but.. Short of deleting and reinstalling it, I don't think there's much I can do. And I'd rather not lose all the stuff I've done in it, so .. I'm going to just leave it and hope for a miracle update.

Meanwhile, then, how do I do a morning Pixelart?!
I scowered the net, and the current "BEST!" for pixelart was apparently Pixaki, whose name I have to look for, every time I type it, because I can't currently remember it.

£25!?! For a Pixelart tool?
Having glanced through all the "free" alternatives (all of which appeared to be exactly the same, off the shelf code, recompiled under hundreds of different names) I jumped in, paid the 25 fucking quid, and hoped for the best.

.. It's not the best.
Or at least, it's not as good as SpriteSomething, IMO.

But it does at least have all the essentials, and each individual sprite in a spritesheet can have its own multiple layers, which is handy.

Exports to png and handles multiple projects and multiple sprites per project.
Standard tools : Pixel plotter, eraser, flood, rect/oval, and colour dropper thing.
Has a handy Palette, and the ability to save/share your own palettes.

Oddities
The RGB sliders work backwards.. Right for 0, Left for 255.. Not sure what that's about.
Brush sizes work nicely, but are all square and square only, so no circle brushes.

Missing Feature
SpriteSomething allowed you to set the opacity of the brush, so you could add progressive amounts of highlights, or scribble some green grass textures, or whatever.
This doesn't have that.
You have to draw to a layer, then set the layer to be an opacity, but that only gives you ONE amount of opacity, not a nice smooth/scribbled gradient of opacity.

Otherwise it's alright.

Was it worth £25?
Fuck no.
But I was in a right pickle, this morning, and needed something good!

I've sent my "Opacity Brush" request to the author, and am hoping it might appear in a future update.. *shrugs*

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Posted : Friday, 11 October 2019, 08:10
Jayenkai
Pakz' asked for "Tiling", and .. No.. None of that. It's sprites and nothing more.

IMO, SpriteSomething is fantastic, but right now it's inaccessible to me. *cries*

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Posted : Friday, 11 October 2019, 08:21
Pakz
When I read once the tool had no line feature it kind of made things clear that it was not the most advanced.

I have aseprite on steam so I do not really need a perfect editor for the ipad. But it would be nice if there was one.
Posted : Friday, 11 October 2019, 08:27
Jayenkai
It does have lines.. Lines are in the Shapes button along with Rects and Ovals.
Maybe it was added after the previous person reviewed it?

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Posted : Friday, 11 October 2019, 08:38
Pakz
Yes, it was added later on. This was before the studio version.
Posted : Friday, 11 October 2019, 09:36
spinal
Why not make your own? Give it all the features you need for yourself?

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Posted : Friday, 11 October 2019, 09:38
Jayenkai
I've half started a browser based one, but can't quite decide on the best load/save method, so.. kinda gave up!!

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Posted : Saturday, 12 October 2019, 04:37
Jayenkai
This morning an iPadOS Update brought with it..
SpriteSomething!!
Back from the dead, and hopefully returned for good.

(I assume it was entirely Apple's fault. They probably fudged the beta, yesterday.)

I'll probably stick with Pixaki for doing Daily Platdude Pixelart, though.
I think it'll probably help me to draw things in a slightly different style, which might help somewhat with the new phase of Platdude's life (what with having seen his homeworld destroyed by a giant meteor, and having to escape to a moon-base, whilst searching the cosmos for a new home planet for the survivors of his planet... .. It's been a chaotic month for Platdude!)

But I'm definitely going to back up what I can from SpriteSomething, whilst I can.
I do love SpriteSomething.
It pretty much does everything!

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Posted : Saturday, 12 October 2019, 04:58
Pakz
It was crashing often on my ipad 2017 and 2018. I might check if it stil does this.

Are you on beta or is it a current update. My ipads are not in reach right now.
Posted : Saturday, 12 October 2019, 05:01
Jayenkai
iPadOS Public Beta 13.2 (v1) is what broke SpriteSomething.
iPadOS Public Beta 13.2 (v2!) is what fixed it!

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