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    Using external frames, or external sprite sheets for object animations

    I was curious if it's possible to make a sprite sheet, or to include external frames of their own files to animate an object?
    In other words, the sheet is of character 1. Then a player can modify character 1 sprite sheet to look like character 2 in the game.
    If this is possible, how would the hot spots and action points work for each frame included outside? Or would those be hardcoded, unchangeable in the game, while the sprites could be modified?

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    I haven't done it but I think you can load a tiled sprite sheet into an active picture from an external file during runtime. I don't know if you can load Active Object's animation frames the same way though I'm GUESSING you can't.

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    By using Active objects you can replace animation frames on runtime(Replace Frame action). It's not perfect however, as you need to have dummy frames put in before you can tamper with the frames on runtime. So basically you cannot add or remove frames via events. You more or less have to plan the maximum amount of frames and animations that you'll need and also the amount of objects, as all instances of Active Object 1 will be affected by the frame changes. So you might want to handle this through a qualifier and have each active object keep an alterable string or something that corresponds with external file names. The Replace frame action can also alter the Hot/Action spot per each frame you load.

    Granted I've never tried it but if I did make a system for this I would also have either arrays or ini files store animation information for all objects. For example like:

    Enemy01Idle.ini:
    Code:
    [Main]
    AnimationID=0 <- You cannot refer to animations by name, so you have to use their numbering instead. 
    TotalFrames=10 
    Speed=50
    Loop=Yes
    BackToFrame=0
    
    [Frame 1]
    HotSpotX=16
    HotSpotY=16
    ActionSpotX=0
    ActionSpotY=0
    
    [Frame 2]
    etc.
    Then you can actually make your own animation system on top of what Fusion have in place. Say your base object has 50 dummy frames for an animation but you only need to use 10 for this specific animation. You can then manually set it to check If Animation <number> is playing and frames is greater than the number specified in the ini/array file, then loop back to the frame you've also setup in there. You can probably make some very complex systems if you dig deep into this.

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    Well, this interests me... We should try!

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