Aydin

I think spine is an attractive tool, I'm considering buying the Pro version. However the big deal breaker is the lack of a particle system, as of now Spine users have to animate each particle by hand instead of just adding an emitter that spawns them. I have read the forum and seen that Nate have said that there will be no particle system due to the maintenance debt that would come with it - namely supporting every different runtime that handles particles differently.

I can understand that, HOWEVER..... I think you can dodge that debt entirely by labeling the feature "Experimental", adding a warning dialogue box that explains that particles only work within Spine, and are not supported for export. This would not incur any runtime maintenance debt, and would be a huge timesaver for users who want to use particles in Spine.

In fact there are a few of us who want to use spine primarily as a stand alone tool, not for exporting to game engines. Many people out there are looking for easy and cheap ways of making animations for video, twitch, youtube, websites etc. And right now people like us are forced to hand-animate every single particle instead of just adding an emitter that farts out a bunch of particles in a specific direction with a specific transform and lifetime... It seems like you already have 90% of the features needed for a particle system, the last 10% would greatly help users, and also expand your user base beyond those who use spine as a gamedev tool.

I am now weighing between using Spine or After Effects, and I would frankly rather support spine than to rent AE from Adobe.

Can we get a particle system please?
Aydin
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Nate

A particle system is a lot of work, even if it can't be exported to runtimes it's complex and has a lot of controls. It'd be a significant drain on resources for something that can't be exported to runtimes, and that's not great. We do want to improve Spine for cartooning and other use where the final product is video export, so maybe it fits in then.

We do have a somewhat related feature coming soon: physics. This would let you setup "particles" and have them animated automatically. This gets you pretty close to what you want!
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Aydin

I totally understand, it's not optimal to put resources on things that are contained in the application, but on the other hand it might help expand the user base and take Spine from game engine-adjacent development tool to a more stand-alone application. I think Spine is can serve as an alternative to the more bloated and technical applications out there that people use to make animations for video.

I'm not trying to underestimate the work it takes to do a 2D particle system, it's indeed a sizable chunk, but to me it seems like you have already come a long way. With relative basic particle controls we would be able to achieve a lot paired with the tools that are already at our disposal. The physics update sounds interesting, but a particle system (even a basic one) would be pure gold. I will keep an eye out for the physics update though!

Thanks for taking my suggestion into consideration
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Gnaws

I haven't watched the entire thing yet, but this looks like a promising particle system tutorial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMG_UcxQAyY&list=PLqEeENTzlzGQ3XZqHs4vL62lMlKqn64JC&index=3&t=21s
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