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Starling Game Development Essentials by Juwal Bose

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Tools of the trade

We have successfully created our level scene based on a level data 2D array. There are different tools which we may need or which may help us to speed up our development. Let me mention a few of these which every game developer should consider having in their tool box:

  • TexturePacker: This is a tool for packing images into texture atlases. It is very handy for resource management, size reduction, and memory optimization. A free version is available. Please note that the latest Flash Professional CC has an inbuilt spritesheet creator.
  • Hiero: This is a free online Java-based application for creating bitmap fonts. Bitmap fonts will help to speed things up for game text which need frequent updating. You may also use standalone tools ...

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