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Re: agenda+ SVG 2 Features and Approach

From: Erik Dahlstrom <ed@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 14:39:51 +0200
To: "Paul Williams" <pwilliams@infotrustgroup.com>, "Robert O'Callahan" <robert@ocallahan.org>
Cc: "Doug Schepers" <schepers@w3.org>, "Charles Pritchard" <chuck@jumis.com>, www-svg <www-svg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.vvdb4pr6geuyw5@localhost.localdomain>
On Thu, 12 May 2011 01:02:03 +0200, Robert O'Callahan  
<robert@ocallahan.org> wrote:


> Fair enough, but I think a more interesting question is why Web  
> developers
> aren't using SVG for applications where it already seems like a great  
> fit,
> e.g.
> http://www.animatable.com/demos/madmanimation/

Yes, I can admit that I was a bit surprised to see that done with CSS, but  
then again, a nice demo is a good way to sell your new and shiny CSS  
animation app, right? ;)

And speaking of which, the lack of publicly available svg animation tools  
is a thing that surely doesn't help the situation for SVG. I've tried  
Synfig Studio[1], but the SVG support is rather incomplete and buggy[2]. I  
don't know of any other freely available tools for animating svg that are  
suitable for designers and people that don't want to mess with the SVG  
source, or learn to use some javascript animation library. I have seen  
some commercial tools, but I wouldn't could them as being freely available  
unless you could at least download and try them out before buying.

Here are some thoughts from one of our developers that tried to convert a  
short animation to SVG (by hand):


So, where are the animation tools?

[1] http://synfig.org/

Erik Dahlstrom, Core Technology Developer, Opera Software
Co-Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
Personal blog: http://my.opera.com/macdev_ed
Received on Thursday, 12 May 2011 12:40:36 UTC

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