Resources

I see and get a lot of questions about what programs I use for this or that, so I’ve decided to put up links to a bunch of good resources here. I know that a lot of these are fairly easy to find on your own, but some people just aren’t very good friends with Google.


Programming:

FlashDevelop – A must-have if you’re not going to get Flash CSx.

Flixel – A framework by Adam Atomic designed for creating retro games. Very nifty!

Box2D – Open source physics engine. Haven’t used it myself, but I’ve heard a lot of great things about it.

Flashpunk – A framework by Chevy Ray also designed for creating retro games. It’s a lot like Flixel but with some keys differences such as collision detection.

Stencyl – Flixel + Box2D + Great User Interface = one heck of a free program!

Art and Graphics:

Inkscape – A really neat vector art program that was designed to be a basic version of Adobe Illustrator.

Synfig – A sweet suite for animation and vector art.

DAME – Not for graphics really, but it’s unbeatable for level designing.

Music:

FamiTracker – A cool program for creating chiptune songs.

Audacity – One of the best audio editing/converting programs out there for the price. You can even get a plugin to use VST effects.

Sfxr – A little diddy for making chiptune sound effects.

LMMS – A pretty nice DAW for all your audio creating needs!

General Information:

Flash Game Dojo – Created by the creators of the creative Flixel and Flashpunk libraries. (They’re really smart!)

Photon Storm – Run by a really successful developer, tons of secrets and tips are expounded in these pages.

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All of these programs are very nice for those of us with starving wallets. There are many more out there that I will post here when I think of them. Please leave a comment if you know of any that I left out!

http://flashgamedojo.com/

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