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TweenLite, Tweener, GOASAP | Fun with animation packages

I have been speaking a lot about Tweener these days and for a good reason; it’s a really good as3 animation library. I can’t say I have been having trouble with it but I found evidence from different sources that it might not be the best animation package for what I want to do.

What I am doing is mostly websites and in those website I use ActionScript to make everything move; I rarely use the timeline. All of my tweens are at most 1 second long but most of the time they last about 0.5 second. I liked Tweener because it was way better than Adobe’s Tween classes but I found from 2 different sources (TweenLite, GOASAP) that TweenLite is faster for small tweens than Tweener. You might know that already, but being fast is one of the most important attribute for me in a tweening engine. Not so much because I use too much animation at the same time but more because that when I start Tweens, I don’t want them to eat all of the cpu, I want them too leave as much processing power for other stuff like timeline animations, video etc. These is all to say that I am changing all my code from Tweener to Tweenlite (that I had previously changed from Adobe Tween classes to Tweener) because I need the extra speed badly.

Something came up since I started this project. From the maker of the Fuse kit comes GOASAP. Which looks very promissing; it’s  not an animation package per say, it’s more like animation package building blocks. Since sometime there is a lot of overhead in animation engine for things that you will never use, Moses Supposes made us all animation library developers. The GOASAP code base is in AS3 and I can’t wait to start using it. In the mean time I invite you all to go and start developing your own animation code;

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2 new tutorials and SEO

I have been busy this weekend, I have made two new tutorials about how to time your animations, one in ActionScript 2, one in ActionScript 3. I hope this help.

If you noticed there is the word SEO (search engine optimization) in the title of the blog but I didn’t have the time to write about it yet. In the meanwhile I can direct you to the website the-flash-files made by Nurun , a web agency in Montreal (actually a competitor of the company I work for).

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Using the Fuse kit for animation versus using the Tween Classes

Most of what I will write about is interesting stuff I found while searching for something. When searching for the tween classes in Flash CS3 I stumble two times on people speaking about the fuse kit for animation. I have as a motto to check out things that I hear about twice, so that the next time it comes up, I know what people are talking about. In this case this could even be helpful for my job, so I go and check it out.

The fuse kit are some ActionScript2 classes that simplify that syntax of doing animation using ActionScript. It has 3 parts; one is the Zigo Engine which handles the tweening. It can be used as a standalone. The second part is Fuse itself, which are sequencing classes that helps you organize your tween in time. The last part is FMP which permits you to use filters with Fuse.

This all looks pretty good, with it you can do tweens in sequence as well as in parallel. I say to myself, that is fantastic, I will be able to get rid of the setTimeout in my code and my ActionScript will be simpler to understand.

There is only one catch; The Zigo engine in itself adds to your SWF 34k, Fuse: 2k and FMP: 1k for a grand total of 37k. So it rules out the possibility to use it in banners and such. When I make a flash movie, I want it to be as small as possible so the idea of starting my SWFs at 37k doesn’t make me happy. Also you can’t use the Fuse kit to do roll overs; I do all my rollovers in actionscript so I would have to import the tween classes from Adobe too to add another 2k. For me it just doesn’t cut it; if my website as more than one SWF it’s 39k I have to add each time.

So in the end, the Fuse kit looked pretty good, but its advantages don’t match up with its disadvantages…

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