Ajax Animator

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Ajax Animator
Ajax Animator Logo.png
Original author(s) Antimatter15, brwainer, others
Developer(s) Antimatter15
Stable release 0.20.05 Wave / December 31, 2011 (2011-12-31)
Development status Active
Written in JavaScript, HTML5, PHP, Java
Available in English
Type Vector graphics editor
License GPLv3
Website antimatter15.com/ajaxanimator/

Ajax Animator is a free, web-based animation suite.[1][2] Its development began in March 2006 by Antimatter15, then a sixth grader. Ajax Animator was originally intended to be a free replacement to Flash MX,[3][4] but is now a general-purpose animation tool. Contrary to its name, it uses little to no Ajax in its code.[5] Ajax Animator is primarily written using JavaScript, the Ext JS framework, and HTML5-related technologies such as SVG.


Ajax Animator began as an ambitious project by Antimatter15, then a 6th grader. Its intended use was to draw stick figures and animation and export them to Flash files, as an alternative to the expensive Flash MX desktop program. It was first inspired by the Koolmoves Flash editing software. Development started around March 2006, based on the RichDraw JavaScript library, which allowed for in-browser graphics creation.[3][6]

The application was soon rewritten to use the DHTML Suite library from DHTML Goodies, and finally allowed for exporting SWF files through the Freemovie Java library. Development subsequently moved to Subversion on Google Code to ease production.[6]

Version 1.0 was rewritten to use version 1.0 of Sencha's Ext JS library instead. It also added support for inbetweening and sharing projects.[6] The next version, 0.20, was a complete rewrite to support version 2.0 of Ext JS, and used the OnlyPaths library by josep_ssv, which extended RichDraw and was designed specifically for Ajax Animator.

Later versions used the author's own VectorEditor library, based on the Raphael framework.


Ajax Animator is distributed in many different ways. The primary distribution method is the author's website, where the latest updates can be found. It also was previously found on many other free domains which are now defunct.[7] Another version was one of the first apps on the Chrome Web Store[2] and is located here. However, it no longer is functional.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Antimatter15. "Ajax Animator - A free web based flash animator". Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Ajax Animator: Browser based, simple animation tool (Chrome)". makeuseof.com. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b brwainer; Antimatter15. "Introduction". Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Zhang, Moxie. "AJAX Animator Demonstrates AJAX in RIA World". InfoQ. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Antimatter15. "What is Ajax?". Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Antimatter15. "History". Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  7. ^ brwainer; Antimatter15. "How to access the animator". 

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