Alpha 7 released – small features and more bug fixes!

Alpha 7 released – small features and more bug fixes!

Just another round of bug fixing and streamlining, some of the highlights: Folders are back! One of the few remaining features from the old version that wasn’t in yet are folders, so it’s now a little bit easier to organise your effect libraries. Clicking and Dragging effects, emitters and folders. You can once again click and drags things in the library tab to re-order, move and copy emitters and effects about. Copy and paste groups of graphs Rather then have to copy graph data one by one you now also have the option to copy all Global/Property/Base/Variation or Overtime graphs Read more


Alpha 6 Released!

As mentioned in the previous update I had been doing a lot of work on my renderer that I’m using to render the particles and the editor. This month I finally got back onto the editor again and did a huge amount of work on stability and a few quality of life features. You can grab the latest version of the alpha here! As part of my bug hunting I recreated some of the old effects from the very first libray I created in the old version of the editor. You’ll find that library in the download as well. Some Read more


Happy New Year – Progress Report!

Been over due a blog post as usual but lots of work has been going on in the background, mainly on my 2d sprite renderer that I’m using to render the editor and all the particles. Made a huge amount of progress with it and learnt a lot more about Vulkan and graphics coding in general. I think this will pay off as my ultimate goal is to have all the particles get updated in a compute shader. So last year was the last year that I was going to work on web sites (my main source of income). So Read more


Alpha 5 Released, Graph Presets

I just uploaded Alpha number 5 which ticks off another feature I had planned for the alpha stage – the ability to setup graphs from a number of presets, including bell curves, s curves and simple linear slopes etc. In addition to that you can also generate a sine or square wave as well which is great for modulating attributes such as size and opacity but it can also be great to just experiment with all the other attributes as well, especially the overtime attributes. There is also a new option under the settings menu: Preview Trail Mode. Activating this Read more


Presets update for gradients and emitters

A new alpha version is now available with more bug fixes and some new presets available for selecting colors and gradients and also I’ve overhauled the new effect/emitter option under the edit menu so that you can now select from a bunch of presets. I did list that I would add a feature where the number of particles spawned would scale based on the size of the area, but in the end I decided not to add this into the editor as it’s easy enough to do using the TimelineFX library and more of a feature that’s only useful when Read more


Alpha 3 Released – Seamless texture previews

I have just uploaded Alpha release number 3, which as well as a bunch of bug fixes also includes a proper seamless texture preview which is a big improvement on the previous version: As mentioned there were also a bunch of bug fixes including some nasty crashes, slowly but surely it’s becoming more stable! For the next alpha I will start to include some new features not seen before in TimelineFX, so looking forward to implementing those. The idea will be to add some features (as outlined on this page) and then move the editor into a beta phase where Read more


New C++ Library released + some editor bug fixes

I’ve just pushed the initial commit to github for the C++ library of timelinefx that you can use to implement the effects into your game or application directly. I’ve tried to make the API as simple as possible so hopefully there shouldn’t be any major issues implementing it. The library is render agnostic, so you will need to provide your own function to load the images for the particles and also a function to actually render the particles. See the Read me document for more information: https://github.com/peterigz/timelinefxlib and there’s also an example inside the examples folder. The library is still Read more


Alpha 2 released – History Tab implemented

I’ve just uploaded the latest version – Alpha 2! This version sees undo implemented which isn’t very exciting but it is a necessary feature to make creating effects a lot more easy if you need to go back to a previous change. I also added a couple of new features over the original version in that you can now preview a revision without actually reverting the the change, and you can now also create a new effect from a revision – handy if you want to branch off to a different version of the effect you’re working on. For some Read more


More progress, and Alpha release date: 1st March 2021

Just a quick update on what’s been happening since the last post. I’m pretty much almost there for an initial Alpha release, I think I was calling it a beta before but Alpha probably makes more sense. Since the last post I have implemented the following: Particle drawing now utilises compute shaders. There’s still some things that I’d like to expand on but it’s a lot faster then it was. Now the particle positions/scale/rotation are udpated on the CPU into a staging buffer which is uploaded to the GPU. The GPU then uses that buffer to update a vertex buffer Read more


Initial beta version not far away

I recently reached a new milestone in the new version of the editor and finished adding the ability to export effects to a spritesheet/individual images. This means that I’m not very far away now from having feature parity with the current version of TimelineFX. After that I’m looking forward to adding a bunch of new features going forward, but there is still some work to do before then. The next things I want to get done before making a beta version available are (initial beta version will be windows only) Optimising the drawing of the particles utilising compute shaders. I’ve Read more