[pdftex] [CTAN] Update: animate

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Sat May 5 00:46:31 CEST 2007

On 5/4/07, Martin Schröder <martin at oneiros.de> wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: CTAN Announcements <ctan-ann at dante.de>
> Date: 03.05.2007 09:12
> Subject: CTAN Update: animate
> To: ctan-ann at dante.de
> On Wed, 2 May 2007, Alexander Grahn submitted an update to the
>   animate>
> package.
> Location on CTAN: /macros/latex/contrib/animate
> Summary description: creating portable PDF animations from graphics
> files and inline graphics
> License type: lppl
> Announcement text:
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> This package provides an interface to create portable, JavaScript driven
> PDF animations from sets of (vector) graphics files or from inline
> (vector) graphics, such as LaTeX-picture, PSTricks or pgf/TikZ generated
> pictures, or just from typeset text.
> It supports the usual PDF making workflows, i. e.  pdfLaTeX and LaTeX
> -> dvips -> ps2pdf (Ghostscript).
> The resulting PDF can be viewed in current Adobe Readers on all
> supported platforms.
> The new release is based on Optional Content Groups (OCGs), aka
> PDF-Layers, to make animations fully functional in Adobe Reader 8 as well.
> Interestingly, OCG-based animations perform better in older Reader
> versions, which might be a bug in Reader 8. Therefore, a second version of
> the package, `animate-noocg&#39;, is provided, which still uses the old,
> non-OCG-based method.
> Command, \newframe*, for use within the `animateinline' environment,
> has been added. If placed after a particular frame it causes the animation
> to pause at that frame. The animation continues normally after clicking it
> again.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> This package is located at
>    http://dante.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/animate
> .  More information is at

There is also version of 2007/03/23 which I will denote animate-old.
This version had problems with AR8: animation failed to work unless it
was "blessed": opened via Acrobat 8 and Advanced > Enable Usage Rights
for Reader was selected (may be Windows freeware Arenable could do
this too). However it looks like animations produced by this version
and blessed, are smoother than those provided by a new version (at
least in AR8 under MacOSX).




fails to compile (compiles under animate and animate-old). Another
example with torus and animateline compiles perfectly.
Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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