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  1. 11 points
    A GSAP tale: One goofy guy’s odyssey from knowing nothing to knowing just enough to confuse himself. (This is crazy long so feel free to jump to the epic conclusion). Greetings fellow GreenSockers. The end of this week marks the one-year anniversary of my first post on the forum so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share my 12-month story and hopefully encourage others to jump into the conversations around here. Maybe you’ll recognize yourself in some of the things I’ve experienced. My quick history in a nutshell Web design and coding is a second career for me. After 15 years of owning and operating a photography studio and processing lab (back in the film days - yup - I’m old), the digital camera came along and changed that industry, which necessitated a new career for me. I shifted to video production, which led to motion graphics and finally to web design. Our little agency now offers all those services. The web design clients never needed anything fancy so JavaScript took a back seat to HTML & CSS only sites for a number of years. JavaScript & GSAP: false starts and other obligations I first discovered GSAP a few years ago, but only tried it briefly. It looked cool, but with the time obligations of field video work and motion graphics jobs, it wasn’t something I could work into the schedule. Besides that, it was JavaScript – too complicated I thought. I knew JavaScript was the third piece of a good web designer’s skillset along with HTML and CSS, but I always convinced myself that I didn’t have the time and the sites we built didn’t need it. JavaScript Books + Classes = Fail I did make a few attempts at reading some JavaScript books and working through some online tutorials, but it just never ‘stuck’. Maybe the examples were too theoretical and dry or they were the wrong books and classes. I really don’t know, but I abandoned the learning process a number of times. Cut and Paste mentality Why did I really need to learn anyway? You can just Google what you need, cut and paste some code and presto – you’ve got some working JavaScript or jQuery. I only understood a small portion of what I was cutting and pasting, but hey… it worked so the problem was solved. That’s how I operated for quite some time. What’s a loop? What’s an array? What’s an object? Who cares? Wait a minute. This is ridiculous. Last spring, I was remodeling our company website and I had all these grand visions about making things move and behave in certain ways. Googling for code just wasn’t cutting it. I suddenly felt stupid. “This is ridiculous!” I thought. I should be able to learn how to write my own code. Oh yeah, I remembered that GreenSock thing I had looked at a few times and abandoned. That might work. Maybe I could actually learn how to use it this time. I become a forum lurker I started lurking in the shadows of the forum. After reading a lot of posts, I saw people asking many types of questions from simple to crazy complicated (at least to me). Two things I noticed were that every effort was made to find an answer (no matter the difficulty level of the question) and not one post was condescending or snarky. That’s quite rare on the ol’ interwebs, isn’t it? Hmmmm…maybe I’m in the right place. Oh boy… time to ask a question of my own One of the great things about learning GSAP is you’ll also pick up a lot of other JavaScript and/or jQuery along the way. I kept reading and practicing with some simple tweens, but now I had a question. Dare I post? I suppose, like many others, I feared looking like an idiot even though the forum members and moderators seemed quite nice and helpful. I do several dumb things every day so you’d think I’d be used to it by now. Oh well, here goes. My first question had to do with the indexOf() a Draggable snap array. Within 30 minutes, Diaco and Rodrigo had posted great answers and neither one called me stupid! Yay – how cool. I get hooked on GSAP and the forum About that same time, I decided our company should discontinue on-site video production and switch to studio only filming. I got tired of lugging loads of video gear in and out of buildings – it’s quite tiring and as I mentioned earlier – I’m old. This freed up some time and I decided to dedicate that time to learning GSAP and maybe, one day, even helping others. It wasn’t too long and I actually knew the answer to a forum question. I posted some information and wow – a little red indicator lit up on my control panel. Someone liked something I wrote. How fun – I’m hooked. Carl makes direct contact I continued to learn and experiment. I posted a few additional questions of my own, but I tried to answer more than I asked. If someone posted a question for which I had no answer, I tried to look it up in the docs and figure it out. Most of the time I was far too slow and Jack, Carl or one of the mods would already have the answer posted before I was done reading the question, but it was an interesting way to learn. I did sneak in a few good answers, which led to a private message from Carl. He thanked me for participating and helping in the forums. I thought it was pretty cool that a super smart guy like Professor Schooff would take the time to do that for little ol’ me. My decision to dedicate time to the platform and forum was reinforced. Blake and I have a conversation I don’t recall if it was a back and forth in a forum post or a private message conversation, but Blake told me something that, of course is obvious, but it stuck with me and is important for all of us to remember. He mentioned that we all enter this learning process knowing nothing. If someone of Blake’s considerable skill level can be humble enough to remember first starting out in code, there may be hope for me after all. I guess if you think about it, there was a time when the simple concept of a variable was brand new to all of us. We’re not born with these abilities. They’re learned and we’re all at different points on the educational path. Never feel stupid for not knowing something. Moderator Promotion Throughout the last year, I’ve continued to learn and study both GSAP and JavaScript. Some of those books I abandoned in the past even make sense now. I’ve tried to be active in the GS community and answer as many forum questions as possible. If I’ve answered a question of yours, I hope you found it somewhat helpful. I’ve cranked out some fun CodePens and finally started a Twitter account to tweet them out. I am nowhere near an expert with GSAP or JavaScript, but I know so much more than I knew a year ago. Apparently I know enough to be entrusted with a forum promotion to Moderator status. I’m honored to be included on such an amazing team. 12 months down – what’s next? My agency duties are still numerous so I can’t dedicate full time to coding, but it remains something to which I’m committed and thoroughly enjoy. I started this 12-month GSAP journey just wanting the ability to write my own code rather than cutting and pasting the work of others. I’m confident I have achieved that, but I still have days when a simple piece of code just won’t coalesce in my brain and that can be frustrating. I guess we all have those days, right? I make several mistakes every day, but that’s o.k. too. I learn a lot more from my screw-ups than I ever do when it all goes right on the first try. I plan to keep learning and getting better and when I get stuck, I’ll be able to get an answer from this amazing community. I’ll continue to give back to the GS community by answering any questions that are within my abilities to do so. The super mods: Jonathan, Blake, Diaco and Rodrigo Thank you to my fellow moderators. You guys rock and have taught me so much. @Jonathan – if there is a browser bug, quirk or special fix that you are not aware of, I’ve yet to read about it. Your knowledge has helped me fix many pieces of code before they even became a problem. Plus, if I ever have a question of top/left vs. x/y, I know who I’ll ask. @Blake – if I could be half as good at coding as you, I’d be a very happy guy. Your work always teaches and inspires me. I don’t think you’re allowed to ever stop posting on the forum or we may all show up on your doorstep and ask questions. @Diaco – your code is always so concise. I deconstruct some of your pens and am astounded by how much you squeeze out of a few lines. If I made some of your pens from scratch, I’d have 20 variables, 5 loops, 12 tweens and 80 lines of code. You do the same with two variables and 4 lines of code. Amazing stuff. @Rodrigo – when searching the forum, I often land on one of your past posts and learn a lot. Your knowledge is vast and I wish you had more time to post around here. Your ninja skills are incredibly strong. Our superhero leaders @Carl – I’ve participated in several online forums ranging from graphic design to 3D to video production, but the GreenSock forum is the best and a big part of that is you. You not only provide great answers, but you do it in clever ways with just the right amount of humor thrown in here and there. The collection of videos you’ve made is invaluable and should be mandatory viewing for anyone interested in GSAP. I’ve seen you monitoring the forums at all hours of the day and even on weekends. When you get any sleep I’ll never know, but I thank you for your dedication and sharing your knowledge. @Jack – how you had the vision to start GreenSock and write the first version of the animation platform I can only imagine. I’m glad you did because GSAP is such an amazing collection of tools. The friendliness of the community is definitely following your lead. I don’t understand a lot of what you talk about sometimes, but I know enough to be amazed by your brilliance and talent. You call yourself just a guy who geeks out about code, but you’re more than that. You’re a smart and generous innovator who’s created a special brand and place on the web. I think I can safely speak for the community when I say we all appreciate the time and effort you put into helping us make beautiful and high-performance animations. Thank you sir. The epic conclusion. Well… maybe just a regular conclusion. If you didn’t read the whole post, I don’t blame you. It’s ridiculously long and I’m just some guy you don’t know so I’ll wrap it up with this bit of advice. Whether you’re a genius or feel like an idiot, it doesn’t matter. Try to learn one new thing each day and before you know it, a year will have passed and all those little bits will add up to new skills and abilities. If you’ve never posted on the forum, please jump in and participate. The more voices we have around here, the more we all benefit. If you need an answer, please don’t be afraid to ask a question. Believe me, I’m just some goofy guy in front of a computer. If I can learn this stuff, so can you. As I begin my second year in GreenSockLand, I’m looking forward to learning more, seeing everyone’s work and answering as many of your questions as I can. This is an amazing community and I encourage anyone reading this to set up an account and get involved. My best to all of my fellow GreenSockers. See you around the forums. - Craig (PointC) PS I made a little CodePen to commemorate my one-year forum anniversary. It’s how I felt before and after discovering the power of GSAP. Enjoy.
  2. 8 points
    Hi alessio, Just use transformOrigin. TweenMax.fromTo('.test', 0.6, {scale: 1}, {scale: 1.1, repeat: -1, repeatDelay:0, yoyo: true, transformOrigin: 'center center'});
  3. 8 points
    That's because when a tween is defined it is rendered immediately to the start position, usually only noticed in the case of 'from tweens'. Because you are using set at the start of timeline, it is behaving same. You can set immediateRender to false on first tween and it will behave as expected. Well and you can use just fromTo tween to same thing. // To tween tl.set(".slide", { opacity: 1, immediateRender: false }); tl.to(".slide", 1, { x: 300, opacity: 0 }); // fromTo tween tl.fromTo(".slide", 1, { opacity: 1, immediateRender: false }, { x: 300, opacity: 0 });
  4. 8 points
    Hello dear friends, No doubt Christmas is coming ... Hi @Jonathan - sorry, when I saw your new portrait, I just felt the need to redecorate my tree to dedicate it to the GreenSock community. I coded my first Christmas tree inspired by the work of Petr Tichy (here) Dec 2015. It was one of my first exercises. Kind regards Mikel
  5. 8 points
    Hi, For last few days I wanted to start making few video tutorials, I got this idea when I was responding to a thread where somebody wanted to recreate simple carousel effect. This is my first tutorial ever, I plan to make more tutorials mostly based on questions that I answer here. If you feel like you can learn from me, feel free to request any tutorials. I will try to do it depending on the topic and if I can solve it myself. Most of my tutorials will be for those who are just getting started with GSAP. Following is the very first tutorial I made today.
  6. 8 points
    I've made a few games using GSAP: Nevergrind - Single-Player RPG Firmament Wars - Realtime Multiplayer Strategy Game I have no regrets using GSAP. It's my favorite tool and as far as I'm concerned it hasn't limited me in any way and I feel very productive with it. I plan to make a 3rd game, a multiplayer co-operative rogue-like follow-up to Nevergrind. Developing games with GSAP is a pure joy. If needed you can even pause the game, as long as you don't use setTimeout or setInterval. As long as every timer and animation is created using GSAP (TweenMax, TimelineMax, TweenMax.delayedCall), you can just do TweenMax.pauseAll() to pause the game (this can be done in Nevergrind by hitting ESC). Since GSAP can tween any object value using any ease, it's simple to Tween using the set method, onUpdate, over time, or whatever kind of animating you need to do. Hope that helps. Discovering GSAP was like finding the holy grail for me because I was seriously using JQuery's .animate before that.
  7. 8 points
    Hi @menschies ! Welcome to the forums! Always remember: With Great Powers, Comes Great Responsibilities. Use them wisely, use them to make things a little bit nicer. A few comments: You can use images instead of inlining the whole SVG if you are not changing the inside of it. The solution to your question is about nesting the separating the elements and nesting them based on your needs. I'm super busy these days but I wouldn't mind lending a hand whenever possible for your landing page - within limits. I can't take any responsibility at the moment.
  8. 8 points
    So you can imagine, it's Saturday night and there's another deadline looming on Monday. I'm just about to settle in to what I reckon is about 2 hours of work animating "a magical trail randomly jumping around the screen". I got some ideas so just need to crack on. Before I do I just check the "ease-visualizer" and low and behold I find "rough", which I'd forgotten about. Give it a go and that's kinda what I needed, 20 mins later I have finished the job. This keeps happening Jack you have thought of everything and now I don't have any work to do so can enjoy my Saturday evening. So inconsiderate, I mean there's nothing good on TV!! Realised I bought TweenMax 8 years ago, people thought I was mad spending that much money on a tween engine (for Flash). I've used TweenMax in every project I've worked on since buying it and can't imaging developing without it. So just a quick thanks and I'm off to get a beer.
  9. 7 points
    Hi again @determin1st .. #1 We are helping you... #2 GSAP is already popular and does rule forever This isn't a GSAP algorithm thing . GSAP can only use what CSS property values are reported and computed by the browser, based on how you have your HTML and CSS setup. Like i said above this has to do with the CSS Spec on how height is calculated with box-sizing. As well as how the CSS box-model works. That is the nature of CSS, animating padding will affect height of its parent regardless if box-sizing is used or not Animating anything but transforms and opacity will cause jank (lost frames). Transforms and opacity do not cause a repaint and layout to be recalculated on every render tick frame. Transforms are also better for interface object, since they can animate on a sub-pixel level for silky smooth motion. Whereas padding and other non transform and opacity properties can only animate on a pixel level. And non transform or opacity CSS properties cant take advantage of hardware acceleration (the GPU) for smoother animation. You could take advantage of using transform scale instead of padding. We can only offer advise and solutions, but in the end its up to you. Happy Tweening!
  10. 7 points
    Hello @determin1st and Welcome to the GreenSock forum! I would have to agree with @Acccent regarding height, padding and box-sizing. The box-sizing property takes into account the CSS Box Model. You can see in the CSS Spec for height that when you use box-sizing: border-box that the height calculation of the browser will include the height of the borders. CSS height spec: https://drafts.csswg.org/css-box-3/#the-width-and-height-properties You also have to take into consideration CSS inheritance, and the fact that anytime you change padding it will affect the height of the parent containing element even without using box-sizing. But you can get around this by: using box-sizing: content-box for div instead of border-box. No need to remove or stop using box-sizing. remove or don't use the !important declaration on the height: auto property for .box selector. !important should only be used as a last resort. Just keep in mind that anytime you animate margin, padding, width, height, and border the animation wont be as smooth as animating transforms and opacity. Since anything animated that is not transforms or opacity will cause layout to re-triggered causing jank (lost frames) due to how CSS is rendered. See Jack's @GreenSock article on this: https://css-tricks.com/myth-busting-css-animations-vs-javascript/ See CSS Triggers: https://csstriggers.com/ Also you should set the duration to a lower number. 10 seconds will be a really slow animation, and look like its either broke or nothing is happening. Setting i the duration to something like 1 second or 0.5 second like @Sahil did in his codepen will make it animate better. For full control sometimes its better to just use a fromTo() tween instead of animating classes using className. GSAP fromTo(): https://greensock.com/docs/TimelineMax/fromTo() Happy Tweening!
  11. 7 points
    You can use modifiers plugin to calculate values before applying them so your tween will continue playing on resize as if nothing happened. Though if your current tween inside the timeline is not active then you will have to manually set it's position on resize.
  12. 7 points
    What? Aw, that spoiled my day. Come on, @Sahil, we love having you around here! Don't let @PointC intimidate you He's only pretending to be insecure. This place just wouldn't be the same without @PointC, @Sahil, @OSUblake, @Jonathan, @Dipscom, @Carl, @Rodrigo, @mikel, etc. And now we've got some others coming on strong as well, like @Acccent, @Visual-Q, @Shaun Gorneau and more. Love it! Battle for that leader board, guys.
  13. 7 points
    Just to chime in @Visual-Q, some scroll events, depending on how they were trigered, cannot be cancelled. It might be outside GSAP's reach. @GreenSock himself will be able to confirm that. In the meantime, this article has some useful information about how browsers handle scroll. https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2017/03/08/scrolling-on-the-web/#lvzozB8m1fZOWgTt.97
  14. 7 points
    Hi @dgmldr, Please have a look to your CSS .slds-notification { position: relative; width: 20rem; border: 1px solid #ecebea; border-radius: .25rem; box-shadow: 0 2px 3px 0 rgba(0,0,0,.2); transition-duration: .4s; transition-timing-function: ease-in-out; transition-property: margin,max-height,opacity,top; If you try ... .slds-notification { position: relative; width: 20rem; border: 1px solid #ecebea; border-radius: .25rem; box-shadow: 0 2px 3px 0 rgba(0,0,0,.2); /* transition-duration: .4s; */ /* transition-timing-function: ease-in-out; */ /* transition-property: margin,max-height,opacity,top; */ } you will have a clear responsibility for the job - done by GreenSock. Kind regards Mikel
  15. 7 points
    Outstanding post, Craig! I'm new to the Greensock world (just asked my second question this afternoon ha) and reading through your story has inspired me to learn Javascript via GSAP. It's ironic, as I was driving home from work this evening, I thought to myself "this GSAP thing could really help me learn Javascript as a whole". You're right, it's actually fun learning this way. Greensock is simply amazing. I've already had wonderful experiences with @Carl and @mikel. Seems like a great little community and I'm happy to be a part of it We have a lot of similarities, just from reading through your post. I'd like to thank you for writing this and know that it has inspired me (and probably a lot more) to continue down this scary path. -Shawn
  16. 7 points
    You, my friend, will need to step into the wonderful and mesmerising world of MATHS. Have a look at this channel by Keith Peters, it will teach you tons about calculating physics-like movement. https://www.youtube.com/user/codingmath
  17. 7 points
    Hi @Raistlin That's a nice effect. Are you asking if that website uses GSAP or just how to make something like it in general? As far as I can tell, they're using CSS transitions. This would normally fall outside the scope of GSAP support, but coincidentally I'm in the middle of creating something quite similar for some interactive infographics so I'll show you what I'm doing. I'm using SVGs in my project, but you can do it with some plain old divs too. The secret is setting the origin point for the divs so they go around the circle correctly. That website is using a pretty big parent circle (3000px) so they set the origin point of the divs to the center of that circle (1500px) and then rotate them. The fade at the top and bottom is accomplished with an additional div over the top of everything with a gradient background image that's transparent in the middle. Here's a basic example of what you could do: I'm manually setting the start rotation of each box with a set() tween, but if you had a lot of elements, you could get them to their starting positions with a loop too. To get the infinite part to work, I simply set() the rotation of each box back to the beginning as it drops down out of view. I just use a simple counter to pick which box is set back to the beginning and when the counter reaches 1, I reset it back to 6. Again, the fade-out at the top and bottom is created with a gradient div over the top of everything. There would be other ways to approach this, but this is how I'd do it. Hopefully it gives you a starting point. Happy tweening and good luck with your project.
  18. 7 points
    I'd definitely echo @GreenSock's advice and convert that to a path. I've fought with many circle animations and that is the easiest approach. (You can also convert it to a path before exporting from your vector software if you like.) I started a thread last year about SVG circle fun in the various browsers. It may be of interest to you. Happy tweening.
  19. 7 points
    I think I see what the problem is - GSAP doesn't natively interpolate "vw" or "vh" units (though it likely will when 2.0.0 is released, but that won't be for a few months most likely). It can set() them directly, but interpolating is different. In this case, the inbetween values are converted to px. So here's a solution that gives you the same result but just does the conversion for you at the right time: Is that what you're after?
  20. 7 points
    Hi @ericshew The most noticeable problem is line 19. //Switch this tl.reversed() ? tl.play() : tl.reversed(); //to this tl.reversed() ? tl.play() : tl.reverse(); That should get everything working for you. It can certainly work with playing and reversing the timelines like that, but you'll see some harsh morph jumps when hovering on/off quickly between <li> tags. You could get some smoother morphs with rapid hovering like this: Just my two cents worth. Hopefully that helps. Happy tweening.
  21. 7 points
    Hi @kaliel Since you're not animating anything that would require an element to be redrawn, converting this over to PixiJS would be pretty easy. You're SVG could be used like a sprite sheet, which is good. 1 graphic is much better than 400+ graphics. I can show how to do that later, but you'll be able to animate 10,000 objects without skipping a beat. Press down to add more bees. That's running without using a particle container, which would make it even faster.
  22. 7 points
    So what is the edit at the bottom about? What kind of solutions are they looking at, or possibly thinking about? Right now I'm just not seeing a lot of value in WAAPI from an animator's perspective. The performance is nice, but it's not a game changer. And there will be other ways to improve GSAP performance in the future. Have you looked at Houdini? The cornerstone of Houdini is the CSS Typed Object Model. It's CSS with types e.g. number, length, matrix, keyword, color. The current CSS object model is string-based. To animate the DOM, the browser and GSAP have to spend a lot of time parsing, converting, and building string values, which is dumb. A matrix should not be a string. With Typed OM, that process will be mostly eliminated. .box { height: 30%; } // What's the height? console.log(getComputedStyle(box).getPropertyValue("height")); // "259.5px" console.log(getComputedStyleMap(box).get("height")); // CSSUnitValue {value: 30, unit: "percent", type: "percent"} That can provide a HUGE performance boost. I don't remember what talk I heard this from, but somebody benchmarked animating transforms on 1000 elements using rAF. They found that the browser was spending about two-thirds of the frame budget just parsing the transform strings. When benchmarked using Typed OM, the parsing time was virtually eliminated. The goal of Houdini is to make looking at caniuse.com a thing of the past. You will no longer need to wait around for a browser to implement a feature. Just copy and paste the raw code that makes it tick! One part of that raw code might be paint worklets using the Custom CSS Painting API. It allows you to draw stuff directly to an element's background, border, content, mask, etc. Paint worklets run in a separate thread, so it could be used to improve performance. I was looking at how GSAP could be leveraged inside a separate thread, but some changes would need to be made to the library. A worklet has no access to the window or document, and there are no timing mechanisms like requestAnimationFrame or setTimeout. An animation would have to be manually stepped setting something like a time or progress value. And a paint worklet is stateless, so you can't save/store values. You can create instances of stuff, but the painting has to behave almost like a pure function. One reason for that is because the browser can create the same worklet multiple times, and will kill them as it sees fit. Another reason is the same paint worklet can be called multiple times for different properties or different elements. I know that sounds like using GSAP would be pointless, but it could still be leveraged. On the DOM side, GSAP can tween something like a progress or time value, and in the worklet we can take that value, and plug it into a tween or timeline to interpolate values on some objects. We can then use those values to paint stuff on the element. It's works just like a canvas animation. Here's a demo that animates Google's logo. Yeah, I copied most of it, but look at the paint code. It's calling an interpolate function everywhere. That could obviously be replaced with a tween or timeline. Even better, using the MorphSVG plugin with canvas Path2D objects which can draw SVG paths. On the DOM side, I'm using GSAP to tween a simple --scale property, which is what drives the morphing animation. Well, there's also a --total-time property, but that is being updated by a rAF call. It's used to animate the balls up and down when the --scale is at 0. Note that in order to view this demo, you must use Chrome or Opera, and enable the Experimental Web Platform feature. You can always disable it afterwards if having it enabled scares you. You can copy and paste this into your address/search bar to jump directly to the flag. about://flags/#enable-experimental-web-platform-features And once you have that flag set, be sure to check out some of the Houdini demos here. https://lab.iamvdo.me/houdini/ripple Houdini is still evolving, so there's lots of room to make suggestions and get something incorporated into the spec. Getting the WAAPI spec to change will much harder as that's more mature. Houdini does have a draft for an animation worklet, but right now it seems to be geared towards doing scrolling animations with WAAPI. I would much rather have a general purpose JavaScript animation worklet that doesn't depend on WAAPI or DOM elements.
  23. 7 points
  24. 7 points
    Hi all, one mask - two rects - one timeline - the help of use that simple it can be
  25. 7 points
    Hi @Nineve Use scale instead of zoom. Problem solved. Serializing and deserializing the position and rotation of draggables should be real easy. In that demo, you can loop through the array of draggables like this. draggables.forEach(function(draggable, index) { var target = draggable.target; var transform = target._gsTransform; console.log("Rotation", transform.rotation); console.log("X", transform.x); console.log("Y", transform.y); });
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