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I'm curious to know... 2012-06-12 13:47:19 Reply

Why are there "less" animators than Action Script "programmers"? Is it because there are actually less or they just don't care to be on forums?

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Response to I'm curious to know... 2012-06-12 14:05:31 Reply

At 6/12/12 01:47 PM, Archxiao wrote: Is it because there are actually less or they just don't care to be on forums?

probably both

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Response to I'm curious to know... 2012-06-12 14:15:41 Reply

Ah I see

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Response to I'm curious to know... 2012-06-12 14:30:05 Reply

At 6/12/12 01:47 PM, Archxiao wrote: Why are there "less" animators than Action Script "programmers"? Is it because there are actually less or they just don't care to be on forums?

I don't think it is because there are less animators.

Are you referring to how popular the programming forum is in comparison to the animation forum? I've always attributed that to the fact that programming can be very difficult and, while you can be creative with it, there is a lot to learn and there are very distinct 'right' and 'wrong' ways to program. Animating is a bit different. Once you know the basics of using Flash, you're off, and whether you animate well or not you can complete an animation.

So my guess is that people who animate don't feel like going to the animation forum for various reasons. Conversely, the Flash/Programming forums get a lot of people who often aren't even new to programming, but either have encountered a problem or issue and are asking for help, or they enjoy helping others who are asking for help. This doesn't happen as often on the animation forum it seems.


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Response to I'm curious to know... 2012-06-12 14:31:54 Reply

At 6/12/12 02:30 PM, BananasFoster wrote:

Rereading what I wrote, I want to emphasize that I'm not saying that animation is by any means easy; I'm just saying programming is more difficult in ways that animating is a little more free or relaxed.


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Response to I'm curious to know... 2012-06-12 14:36:47 Reply

At 6/12/12 02:31 PM, BananasFoster wrote:
At 6/12/12 02:30 PM, BananasFoster wrote:
Rereading what I wrote, I want to emphasize that I'm not saying that animation is by any means easy; I'm just saying programming is more difficult in ways that animating is a little more free or relaxed.

That's an interesting perspective. For me it's the exact opposite. Programming is more COMPLICATED, but it's much, much easier than animation. In animation there are essentially no rules. You can literally do anything. In programming there are very specific rules that must be followed, and so less possibilities. You can DO anything with programming, but you must follow rules. In animation you technically don't have to follow any.

And that's one reason I think there are more programmers than animators. Animation is DANG hard.


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Response to I'm curious to know... 2012-06-12 14:39:12 Reply

At 6/12/12 02:36 PM, JKR wrote:
At 6/12/12 02:31 PM, BananasFoster wrote:
At 6/12/12 02:30 PM, BananasFoster wrote:
Rereading what I wrote, I want to emphasize that I'm not saying that animation is by any means easy; I'm just saying programming is more difficult in ways that animating is a little more free or relaxed.
That's an interesting perspective. For me it's the exact opposite. Programming is more COMPLICATED, but it's much, much easier than animation. In animation there are essentially no rules. You can literally do anything. In programming there are very specific rules that must be followed, and so less possibilities. You can DO anything with programming, but you must follow rules. In animation you technically don't have to follow any.

And that's one reason I think there are more programmers than animators. Animation is DANG hard.

You know, I can completely agree with your perspective, too!

Another could be is that animation is time consuming, so instead of posting on forums often, animators are choosing to animate? Practice makes perfect, as that saying goes. I guess there are a variety of ways someone could look at it.


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Response to I'm curious to know... 2012-06-12 14:57:22 Reply

These are both very interesting points that I didn't really think about (even though I am a programmer and don't find it complicated, probably because I am one though). I appreciate you guys shedding light on this subject though.