I want to develop some new graphics. I really need an editor. It would be useful if we could butcher the animator viewer and convert this to an editor.
In addition to the facility to paint pixels on the frames, the following facilities are urgently required to facilitate the development of new graphics:
The facility to copy animation frames from position to another. This would enable a frame with a machine in the background to be used as a starting template for new frames with animated characters in front of it and provide a facility to place the frames at appropriate positions within the animation selections.
It would also be useful to be able to superimpose the frame being edited over any other frame (onion skin style), to enable the background frame to be used as a guide for the purposes of determining scale, placement and position of the animations.
I don't know what you exactly mean, but there are a lot of image editors that can be used to create (pixel art) sprites. From photoshop to Microsoft paint. As far as I understand from your post, the two features you suggest can be achieved with a 'layers' feature, which is available in (almost) every image editor.
Something that would save a lot of time is a way to export the original sprites.
I did an attempt to create a new reception desk a while back. I just made a screenshot from the original reception desk in the animation viewer, imported it in Paint.NET and I drew a new one in a layer on top of it.
I didn't complete it because it's really time consuming and tedious, you literally draw pixel by pixel.
Here are some wikipedia topics about pixel art:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spritinghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_art
I also tried to model a the desk in blender and render it from four isometric angles, but that didn't had the look of the original game. I really think the game sprites should be pixel art.
@Lego3, Though there is not a format specified ect. it's not a bad idea to start a graphics replacement project because it takes a while (read: years) to complete it. So if pixel artists offer to start such a thing, I wouldn't hold them back because I think it is going to be a problem to find artist who can create the game art in the right style. I know I can't do it.