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Based on what you're describing, I think you'd want to open the animated GIF in Fireworks, then create a new Layer and use File > Import to place the PNGs. In the Layers panel, select the new layer and choose "Share Layer to States" from the panel fly-out menu.
Thanks for the fast response! I was able to get the layers distributed to all states correctly and everything. Unfortunately, however, my animated GIF only stays for the first state, and disappears for states 2-8
Ok, try this
Add a state
In Options drop down select Copy To States
I did it with a symbol and it worked, not sure about Sprites
One issue I have is my symbol is in front. If I select and send back it works but not on all states, I had to select each one on each state. FYI a new state is not needed, you can paste into first and keep it selected and copy to states
@axmann48: Are you opening the animated GIF and using that as the basis for your new file? Because in that scenario, the States should be populated automatically by the individual frames of the animation. (If you imported the GIF into another file, that might be another story; I haven't tried that.)
Also, I have to admit that I wasn't quite understanding your use of the word "sprites" in this context. So I simply assumed you have two PNGs that needed to be placed in the foreground or background of an animated GIF.
Okay, at this point, let me just show you exactly what I'm trying to do to ease confusion.
Take a look at the following youtube video.
I'm trying to recreate the animation exactly using the animated gif of just the guy there, and 2 background pngs (the courtroom and the table in front of the guy)
Here are the gif and the two pngs
So are you still having a problem with this?
Again, if you open the animated GIF and use that as the basis for your composite, the States will be populated automatically by the individual frames of the animation. Then you just import the PNGs and place them in a layer (or layers) and choose "Share Layer to States".
I'm trying to do the same thing, and it does automatically copy the png to all layers but on TOP of the animation. So I hvae to go into ALL my states and move the layer order... tedious! And it's counter intuitive to place the shared layer simply on top, it should attempt to remain in the same order. Frustrating. And impossible if you had to do many of these every day!!!