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TexturePacker (http://www.codeandweb.com) is a very easy to use application for creating Texture Atlases / Sprite Sheets. The idea is that you draw the individual frames of animation for your game characters as separate image files – and then drag and drop them into TexturePacker – whereupon you end up with a single image file and accompanying data file ready to load into your game. Using a single sprite sheet is much more efficient than loading lots of individual images in game development.

Now this maybe nothing new to a lot of people, however what you might not know, is that the latest version of TexturePacker has an option for exporting the sprite sheet and data file in a format targeted at MonoGame. The next step is to then use this Nuget package in your MonoGame app in order to use the data files created by TexturePacker to create your animations with just a few lines of code.

See this tutorial for an example of how to use this Nuget with either Xamarin Studio (targetting iOS) or Visual Studio (targetting Windows 8 store apps)....

http://randolphburt.co.uk/2014/08/08/animation-made-easy-in-monogame-with-texturepacker

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