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Would you like to know what websites look absolutely lovable for me? I definitely like dynamic websites, the ones that respond each and every move of my mouse. The websites that engage and encourage me for doing this or that.
Since I'm working for one of the leading IT companies, it's quite natural that I wonder what tools do developers use to animate their virtual objects. Have you ever asked yourself the same question? I made a quick research and found best HTML5 animation tools that are featured in this blog post. Of course you can use them for your own projects.
Are you ready to know more about them? Then, my story begins…
Do I need to throw the light on what HTML5 really is? I believe the knowledge won’t be excess in any case.
First of all, HTML is a mark-up language. It helps you structure web documents and present them over the web. HTML technically deals only with the structure of your data - you need an additional language called Stylesheet Language to define how your structure should look like.
HTML5 is the latest revised specification of HTML which provides some additional tags and features (cross browser support, video, audio, and canvas elements, animation and much more) that give the user some space for doing different advanced things. For instance, one of such features (or tags) is the canvas element. When people talk about HTML5, they're talking about the canvas. What’s interesting, most of the time, users even don’t know what it is, or what it lets you do.
You can think of canvas like a real world painting canvas. Just as a painting canvas lets artists make some great paintings, the HTML5 canvas element lets you do things that were previously pretty complex or even impossible. For example, you can build an advanced web-based sketchbook app that lets you draw, paint and so on easily. In short, using 2d shapes and images has now become a lot easier.
However, for justice sake, I should mention that HTML5 is not really the next big thing. It existed even before Steve Jobs gave his thoughts on it and wasn't so popular. Maybe it’s all about the hype.
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I am sure you’ve got the basics, so it’s time to tell you what HTML5 is not.
HTML5 is not a tool for developing content, designs, video or animations as most would believe. It’s rather a full-fledged platform that lets you do various things which may contain any of the above.
Browsing these tools you may arrive at the conclusion that they are fairly similar. But it’s only the tip of an iceberg. The tools use different underlying technologies, which creates certain restrictions and opportunities.
The following information is for the most nagging readers: please note that despite the title of this blog post, not all of the tools listed in this rating limit themselves to HTML5.
In any case, here I’ve gathered the best, easy-to-use and utterly efficient HTML5 tools with the help of which you will be able to create advanced animation on your webpages. In truth, HTML5 and its vast functionality has become the language of modern websites. Undoubtedly it helps to make them more beautiful and vivid.
Now it's time to get a closer look at each of the top HTML5 animation tools.
TinyAnim is a brand new app developed by designers for designers. Much like the apps that you'll see down below, it allows you to easily build HTML5 banners, but with tiny file sizes and designers in mind. It suits both coders and designers. The point is that the app's interface is not only beautiful, but native to designers. You can try the software for free and see everything with your own eyes.
Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads. The HTML pages created by Maqetta typically work across all popular browsers, including IE
Try for free this HTML5 animation tool and create beautiful and smooth animated banner ads within minutes. You can start from over 1000 ready-made HTML5 banner templates or create your own designs.
HTML5 Maker is a free online animation editor, suitable either for amateurs or pros. It supports all popular text filters so you don't need to use Photoshop to create an incredibly cool text. Besides, it provides you with a large collection of images. You can use them in your project as well as manipulate their properties and create amazing instagram-like effects. You can also create amazing animation that supports impressive transitions. It goes without saying that the timeline will give you full control over your animation.
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Edge Animate lets web designers create interactive HTML animations for web, digital publishing, rich media, advertising and more. Your animation will be compatible both with desktop and mobile devices. So you will reach your audience no matter of their location at the moment.
Tumult Hype has a special keyframe-based animation system that really brings your content to life. After clicking “Record”, Tumult Hype starts watching your every move, automatically creating keyframes as needed. Or, you can add, remove, and re-arrange the keyframes to fine-tune your content if you prefer manual control. It is easy to create natural curves by clicking and dragging on an element's motion path to add bézier control points.
Google Web Designer allows you create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that run perfectly on any device. It has two animation modes (Quick and advanced). In Quick mode, you can build your animations scene by scene and the tool will take care of the frames in between. In Advanced mode, you can animate individual elements using layers, easily changing the location of elements within the stack.
So, what is GSAP? It is a suite of tools for scripted, high-performance HTML5 animations that work in all major browsers. This powerful library delivers advanced sequencing, API efficiency, and tight control. With GSAP you will be able to use animation to tell a story in a rich way rather than settling for a few fades and slides.
Hippo Animator has a built in image editor. It also lets you quickly create slideshows using the image viewer object, fade or slide between images, load large images after the movie has loaded, control the show using script commands to play, pause, go back and forward.
Radi is a tool for creating video, animation and real-time graphics for the current web. Radi allows you to draw vector shapes and give them life with motion animation and shape poses, add images, patterns and text, publish as HTML that's compatible with smartphones, iPads & e‑books — no Flash required.
No sign up required to get started. Animatron is a simple and powerful online tool that allows you to create stunning HTML5 animations and interactive content. It lets you import artworks, SVG or images, drag objects from library, create custom shapes with Pathfinder, split project into multiple scenes, draw with drawing tools, import sound, adjust animation with timeline, send url to friend to collaborate, add interactivity, publish as HTML5, GIF or video, embed animation to your website.
NodeFire is a responsive focused HTML5 animator you can try out on your website. Emulate desktop, tablet, and mobile devices while in design mode. Create one animation that automatically responds to fit any environment. Harness unparalleled animation and interaction features. NodeFire is lightning fast, has no dependencies, with 18K (Gzip) script library.
MotionComposer bridges the gap between amateurs and professional designers by offering powerful tools for creating feature-rich animations, with a simple, easy-to-use interface.
Simply create a slide for each content state, then choose your animation styles and MotionComposer will automatically create the animation paths, eliminating the animating content frame by frame process that consumes your time.
Have you chosen any tool from this list for your own web development needs? Which one seems the most awesome to you? Maybe you already use some of the HTML5 animation tools compiled here? Then, we would be grateful for sharing your impressions about them. Speak up! Our comments section is here specifically for the purpose. And don’t forget that your feedback has crucial significance for TemplateMonster’s team and me in particular, as everything we do, we’re doing for you 😆