Chapter 3: Starting the Motion Book Tool


Starting the Motion Book Tool

The Motion Book Tool resides in the Madefire cloud where you can start it from any location with an Internet connection.

Minimum Requirements

To run the Motion Book Tool, you’ll need the following:

l  A computer with at least 4 gigabytes of RAM and a display with a resolution of 1366x768 (WXGA) or higher. The RAM is required to hold all of the assets within a motion book project on your computer as you build a motion book. The display resolution is to give you enough room for controls and a reasonable work area. A faster CPU on your computer will help speed up Motion Book Tool processing time.

l  A Flash-enabled web browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Explorer.

l  A relatively fast Internet connection to make asset uploads and downloads and project saves speedy.

Creating an Account

Before you can start the Motion Book Tool, you’ll need a sign-in account for Madefire. You can create and use a Madefire account or, if you’re a member of the deviantART community, you can use your deviantART account, which will automatically create a corresponding Madefire account for you if you don’t already have one.

Note that if you have both a Madefire account and a deviantART account and they use different email addresses, they’ll be two different accounts. You’ll get different results signing in using each account. If your Madefire and deviantART accounts share the same email address, then you can sign in using either account and be signed in under the same account.

To Sign Up For a Madefire Account

1.      Point your browser to and click the “No account?” link.

2.      Fill in the user name, email, and password fields then click “Start creating.”

You get a welcome message and Madefire sends you email confirming your account.

3.      In your email client, find the Madefire email and click to verify your account.

Signing In

You can sign in using either a Madefire account or a deviantART account.

To Sign In to the Motion Book Tool Using a Madefire Account

1.      Point your browser to or on your deviantART page, click the Madefire button.

2.      Enter your email address and password.

3.      Click “Start Creating.”

The Motion Book Tool loads and launches in your browser.

To Retrieve a Forgotten Madefire Password

1.      In the Madefire sign-in page, click “Forgot password?”

2.      Enter your email address and click “Submit.”

Madefire emails the password for that email address to that email address where you can read it in your email client.

To Log In to the Motion Book Tool Using a deviantART Account

1.      Point your browser to

2.      Click “Sign in to deviantART.”

3.      Enter your email address and password.

If this is the first time you’ve signed in using your deviantART account, deviantART presents a dialog box asking you to authorize Madefire to connect to your account.

4.      If the deviantART dialog box appears, click “Authorize App.”

Madefire registers your deviantART account as a Madefire account.

5.      Click “Start Creating.”

The Motion Book Tool loads and launches in your browser.

What Happens on Sign-In

Each time you sign in to use the Motion Book Tool, Madefire downloads the most recent version of the tool to your browser where the tool runs as an app on your computer. You may notice new or revised features from time to time as we continually improve the tool.

The Motion Book Tool provides access to all of your account’s currently uploaded assets and saved tool elements such as pages and projects.

Managing Your Account and Sign In

Once you’re signed in to the Motion Book Tool, you can manage the account you used to sign in.

To See Account Information and Set Preferences

1.      Click the “Actions” triangle in the upper right corner of the tool to drop down the Actions menu, then click “Account settings.”

2.      The “My account” tab opens in the tool with account controls on the left.

Figure 1:    The Account info and Author preferences controls.

3.      Read information about your current account under “Account info” or change your account settings under “Author preferences.”

The Account info fields show the following information:

l  User name is the name associated with your account.

l  Email is the email address used to sign in to your account.

l  Client version is the version of the Motion Book Tool currently running in your browser.

The Author preferences section provides the following option:

l  Load last page on login, when checked, remembers the last page you worked on the Motion Book Tool when you signed out or quit the tool. The next time you sign in to the tool it will automatically open that page so you can resume your work.

Sharing an Account

Sometimes motion books are a team project that involve more than one person building a motion book. If so, one solution is to share a single Madefire or deviantART account among team members so that they may all sign in to use the Motion Book Tool at different times and share the same assets and saved project elements. This can be very useful because it allows multiple people to work on the same material.

Be aware, though, that multiple people sharing a single account can overwrite each other’s work unless they coordinate carefully. If two or more users sign in to the Motion Book Tool simultaneously using the same account, each time one user saves changes to a page, project, or other motion book element, the other people aren’t aware of those changes so that they may save their own changes and overwrite the first change.

For example, user A might add dialog to page 1 and save the page. User B doesn’t see the added dialog, and changes layer effects in page 1, then saves the page after the dialog save by user A. The second save overwrites the first, so the page shows the effect changes but no dialog changes.

If you have a motion book project that requires professional collaborative building tools that go beyond sharing a single account, please contact Madefire at

Signing Out

When you’re finished using the Motion Book Tool and have saved your changes, you can sign out by simply closing the browser or browser tab containing the tool. If you make a habit of signing out of the tool, though, you’ll get a prompt requesting you to save any unchanged work.

To Sign Out of the Motion Book Tool

l  Click the “Actions” triangle in the upper right corner of the tool to open the Actions pull-down menu, then click “Sign out.”


l  If you have the “My account” tab open, click “Sign out” at the top of the controls.

You’re returned to the Motion Book Tool sign-in page.

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