LiveMotion 2.0

The Good Intuitive animation timeline; superb integration with other Adobe apps; gives advanced designers access to versatile and powerful scripting.

The Bad Lacks Flash's ability to assign advanced, e-commerce-related actions to animation.

The Bottom Line LiveMotion is easier to use than Flash and turns out Flash movies that are just as snazzy and interactive. It's our top choice for Web animation.

Editors' Rating
9.0 Overall

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Review

LiveMotion 2.0

May 2002

Although many programs create simple Flash files, only Adobe LiveMotion can compete directly with Macromedia Flash MX. LiveMotion 1.0 didn't make much of a splash, but version 2.0 nearly surpasses Flash, the current ruler of Web vector graphics. LiveMotion is much easier to use than Flash and is several hundred dollars cheaper. Thanks to its intuitive interface, animation timeline, and elegant integration with the Adobe product family, Web designers will find LiveMotion a compelling alternative to Flash. Although many programs create simple Flash files, only Adobe LiveMotion can compete directly with Macromedia Flash MX. LiveMotion 1.0 didn't make much of a splash, but version 2.0 nearly surpasses Flash, the current ruler of Web vector graphics. LiveMotion is much easier to use than Flash and is several hundred dollars cheaper. Thanks to its intuitive interface, animation timeline, and elegant integration with the Adobe product family, Web designers will find LiveMotion a compelling alternative to Flash.

Familiar; intuitive; flexible
Those familiar with the Adobe interface will settle right into LiveMotion. This Web graphics creator adds a large TimeLine window, where you create animation, and its own set of tabbed floating palettes. LiveMotion also contains a comprehensive set of bitmap-editing tools and integrates with Photoshop for more advanced pixel editing. Any changes you make in Photoshop automatically update the LiveMotion file.

LiveMotion's vector-handling capabilities match Flash's, so, for example, both programs make it easy to turn basic shapes into buttons. But LiveMotion's vector toolbox can't match that of a real drawing program's, such as Adobe Illustrator. Although like Photoshop, LiveMotion lets you slather bitmap graphics with editable effects, such as drop shadows, glows, and bevels. Flash's vector toolbox is similarly deficient and can't reproduce most of these bitmap effects.

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