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  1. For lines and curves see the method posted by rcf-jr ('Make a line?'): https://nch.invisionzone.com/topic/28572-make-a-line/ If the object is complex this can take time and patience to get right but I've had good results. On a similar topic, here is a method for creating outlines from a Shape (requires a version of Express Animate that has Gradient Fill). Open your project or start a New Project (Ctrl+Alt+N). Select your Shape or use New Object to draw a shape on the Canvas. Right Click the shape and use 'Change Fill' to see the Object Fill dialog. Click the
  2. Hello CorinneCC, I don't know if you want a realistic snow effect, there is nothing like that ready made in Express Animate. If you are thinking of making a light snowfall, for something like an animated Christmas card or a snow globe, I have a method which might suit. It takes just a few minutes. Open a New Project (Ctrl+Alt+N). Use 'New Object > Ellipse' to draw a small circle anywhere on the Canvas. Right Click the Shape and use 'Change Fill' to set its colour to white (HSV=0,0,100 or RGB=255,255,255). With the Shape selected use 'Effect > Video > Pixela
  3. To which property are you adding Ease In/Out? From your description I can't understand the problem but I will help if I can. By default a keyframe is Linear, adding Ease converts it to Bezier, with a predefined amount of Ease. You can remove this by Right clicking the keyframe and setting Interpolation to Linear. For the fine control you want, open the curve editor (the icon with a green and a red line at the top of the Composition panel) and select the property. Click on the keyframe and drag its handles.
  4. After a few years using Express Animate in different versions I've just started with v4.01. It's great to see NCH continue to develop this easy-to-use motion graphics editor as a free program. So what's new? Overall things look the same. There are additional tool tips for various features that will be useful to those unfamiliar with EA. A loop button has been added to the playback controls. The biggest change I could see was a new palette-based Edit Colors dialog. Change hue with the slider on the right and click in the palette to select any color. I'll miss the handy 'favorite' colo
  5. It's true that Express Animate has sometimes weird bugs and glitches, and an occasional tendency to crash. For me it seems to happen most when using masks. A saving grace (no pun intended) is that the crashed file is automatically saved so when you reload the program, you can rename it and carry on without losing work. I think if you are online a bug report is sent to NCH. I've managed to cut the amount this happens by making sure each vertex is selected (yellow box) before attempting to move the mask, or when using effects or feathered edges on the mask and moving too fast. Another thing
  6. Hello Kermit, I read your suggestions with interest. Express Animate is a free program and I would have to think of the time (cost) of implementing changes for any perceived benefit. I came to the program looking for a one-off solution to a personal project and was impressed, it did exactly what I'd hoped. I spent time exploring each option and discovering possibilities, and was inspired to try more. I can see that it is limited in comparison to professional programs yet I usually managed to work out whatever effects I wanted to achieve. I've sometimes laboured over something that another
  7. Marquee selection for multiple vertices and Objects can now be scaled from each vertex (instead of opposites together). These are great for things such as quickly turning a rectangle into a rhombus or growing just one side. V3.10 is swings and roundabouts for me, I was unable to export video from the previous version but this one is fine. Unfortunately I have a conflict of some sort when trying to zoom the canvas, the hand icon freezes and I'm stuck with just the visible part at whatever zoom I apply, which makes this version unusable except for the basics. I'm resorting to V2 on another
  8. Hello OleSmokey, I hope you find how to do what you want, the manual doesn't have much. There is no shortcut for ordering objects (Send to Back, etc.) you do it by stacking them in the Composition panel, with the topmost object at the top. Moving objects in the Object panel doesn't affect stacking order, this is only in the Composition panel: click the name of the object you want to stack and drag it up or down above or below other objects. If you have many objects it can help if you 'Collapse All Panels' by right clicking any object name in the Composition panel and selecting t
  9. I have been using Express Animate for a few months (v2.03) and recently installed version 3, and then immediately experienced the same problem as JohnySK: video saves as sound with no picture. If I try to open the file in Express Animate I get "File format not recognised" which is a bit ironic. I tried saving in different formats with the same result. This has nothing to do with disc space or anything like that, I uninstalled and reverted to the earlier version and now video - even projects created in version 3 - saves as it should. Plus, it doesn't change all the text to Arial 20 when I
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