We have just updated the MakeCode Arcade beta with a brand new sprite and animation editor! Check it out at the MakeCode Arcade Beta 1. Currently the new editor is only available in blocks, but we plan to bring it into the Monaco editor soon.
New sprite editor features:
Zoom: Use the mouse wheel or the buttons in the bottom right of the editor to zoom; large images are now much easier to edit!
Pan Tool: Use the pan tool (the hand icon) to move the canvas around inside of the editor.
Canvas Resizing: Now you can resize the canvas to any size instead of cycling through presets. You can even lock the aspect ratio!
Bigger and Responsive: The new sprite editor takes over the entire workspace and resizes to fit your screen.
Foreground and Background: You can set a foreground color and a background color. Right click to use the background color or click the color preview above the palette to swap.
New Keyboard Shortcuts: We’ve aligned our keyboard shortcuts with those used by other image editors. See the table at the bottom of this post for a complete list.
New Design: We’ve refreshed the overall look and feel with new icons, layout, and theme.
In addition to editing Sprites, the new editor can also be used for creating animations. To get started, add the “Animation” extension to your project and use the “animate frames” block.
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