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How to update the element being animated in TweenMax?

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Here's my tween:

TweenMax.to($(".myel.active .fact"),2,{y:"-=10",opacity:0,repeat:10,onComplete:nextFact});

nextFact is a function that determines the next element. So it pretty much removes .active class from one child and then assigns it to the next. However after the first run, nextFact updates the .active class, but TweenMax is still looking at the old element, and it keeps animating the old element, not the new child with a .active class.


So... how do I tell TweenMax that .myel.active has changed?

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Yup, TweenMax has no idea that you are switching the classes around. It stores a reference to the target element that existed at the time the tween was created, otherwise it would be very inefficient to search the DOM for the target element every time the tween repeats or restarts.


An easy way around this would be to just use a tween with a single iteration and onComplete call a function that creates a new tween like:

var tween;

function moveActive() {

   //remove active class if necessary
   //add active class to something
   activeElement = $(".active"); 
   tween = TweenMax.to(activeElement, 1, {x:200, onComplete:moveActive})

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