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The animate LaTeX Package

© 2007--\today Alexander Grahn

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Description

This package provides an interface to create portable, JavaScript driven PDF animations from sets of (vector) graphics or rasterized image 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, LaTeX ⇒ dvips ⇒ ps2pdf (Ghostscript)/Distiller and (Xe)LaTeX ⇒ (x)dvipdfmx, LuaLaTeX.

The resulting PDF with animations can be viewed in Acrobat Reader (except on mobile devices), in PDF-XChange and in Foxit Reader.

Note, this file only gives a summary of usage and available package and command options. Please refer to the documentation animate.pdf for details and examples.

Keywords: include portable PDF animated PDF animation animating embed animated graphics LaTeX pdfLaTeX PSTricks pgf TikZ MetaPost LaTeX-picture inline graphics vector graphics animated GIF LaTeX dvips ps2pdf dvipdfmx XeLaTeX JavaScript Acrobat Reader PDF-XChange Foxit Reader

Usage

\usepackage[<package options>]{animate}
  • Package options:
width=<h-size>, height=<v-size>, totalheight=<v-size>,
keepaspectratio, scale=<factor>, nomouse,
autopause, autoplay, autoresume, controls[=all | none | ...],
final, draft,
buttonsize=<size>,
buttonbg=<colour>, buttonfg=<colour>, buttonalpha=<opacity>,
loop, palindrome, step,
poster[=first | <num> | last | none],
method=icon | widget | ocg, dvipdfmx, xetex,
type=[<file ext>]
  • User interface:
\animategraphics[<options>]{<frame rate>}{<file basename>}{<first>}{<last>}

\begin{animateinline}[<options>]{<frame rate>}
    ... typeset material ...
\newframe[<frame rate>]
    ... typeset material ...
\newframe*[<frame rate>]
    ... typeset material ...
\newframe
\multiframe{<number of frames>}{[<variables>]}{
    ... repeated (parameterized) material ...
}
\end{animateinline}
  • Command options:
width=<h-size>, height=<v-size>, totalheight=<v-size>,
keepaspectratio, scale=<factor>, nomouse,
autopause, autoplay, autoresume, final, draft,
controls[=all | none | ...],
buttonsize=<size>,
buttonbg=<colour>, buttonfg=<colour>, buttonalpha=<opacity>,
loop, palindrome, step, measure,
poster[=first | <num> | last | none],
begin={<begin text>}, end={<end text>},
timeline=<timeline file>,
method=icon | widget | ocg,
every=<number>, bb=<llx> <lly> <urx> <ury>,
viewport=<llx> <lly> <urx> <ury>,
trim=<left> <bottom> <right> <top>,
label=<label text>, type=[<file ext>]

Requirements

  • e-TeX
  • pdfTeX, version >= 1.20
  • Ghostscript, version >= 9.15 or Adobe Distiller
  • dvipdfmx, version >= 20080607
  • Acrobat Reader (version >= 7), PDF-XChange, Foxit Reader

Installation

Unzip the file animate.tds.zip into the local TDS root directory which can be found by running

kpsewhich -var-value TEXMFLOCAL

on the command line.

After installation, update the filename database by running texhash on the command line.

TeXLive and MiKTeX users should run the package manager for installation.

License

This material is subject to the LaTeX Project Public License.