I found program that would be perfect for Unity , I also use The 2d Tool kit all the time in Unity. So I been doing it the old fashion way in Photoshop and love the fact there is a bone tool . Anyways I have been doing animation in 3DS Max for 3d objects for years so I understand animation so when I see 2d tools doing this I very happy to see.
My question I know this is a 2d tool, which is what I want but I know skinning as well, I notice the ESS version is missing this, I'm an a single person, which I'm in school taking classes for this, but I also make games with myself and other person. The Pro one is a bit steep for my taste and what I can't afford right now since I have many other programs to buy. I was a bit surprised that the skinning was not included. Now my question is how much is the ESS limited.. I been making professional games here, and with out skinning, this seems to limit me. I was wondering what ESS all involves and limits me . I read the page that shows what it offers, that's what concerns me but would like more information before buying.
The reason I ask, I been looking at 2D Puppet and Smooth Moves, but Spine works with 2D tool kit, the main reason I would like to use it, but if its 60 bucks and its very limited, I may have to pass, because for an indie that pro is pretty expensive for an indie. I don't mind paying for good software, but I'm unable to see it in action since we can't export it in the trial, which is fine, but I hate to spent 60 and be a bit upset. I'm pretty good with Photoshop doing the old way, but I feel Spine can speed things up for me in my work flow and maybe help make it even better, but what interest me the most was the skinning and deform ability's . Sadly after I seen the $200 price for it That is a bit steep, I was going to buy the ESS but as I said its seems very, very limited and looks like alls I can do is move images with bones and maybe a few other things, which I would not even need Spine personally so trying to get more info on what ESS offers.
If there is a lot more to it, I would buy it, I have used the trial version but its a not enough for me to see how it works with Unity , since I can Skin and Deform in the trial.
Thanks for any input.