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Can we move object without CSSPlugin?

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Hi, probably an easy question for most of you, but I searched a lot and I didn't find anything (english isn't my first language so...)


I'm obviously a new user of GSAP and I saw uses of x and y properties used to move an object, is it possible to do it without CSSPlugin?


Maybe I should put this question in banner section, because I would like to only use TweenLite.js for banner ads, a matter of very restrictive weight in multiple platforms Ads Exchange campaign.


In short, I mostly want to know what I can do with TweenLite.js only. Can we move object like this TweenLite.to(element, duration, {x:200}); ?


And last question :  Is it better to use .delay() to create a kind of timeline or we can chain tweens in each onComplete for the next one.


My test didn't work at all for onComplete but I need a confirm to be sure I didn't made a mistake.


Thank you for your attention

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Hi jecko.jim  :)


- yep it's possible , but you need to define CSS Vendor Prefixes for every browser / for every property , and you will lose some controls / performance , so i don't think that's worth to do .


- yep you can chain tweens with onComplete or delay but you will lose timeline power / controls , so again i don't think that's worth to do, after all , it's depend on your scenario .

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How punitive are we talking here? If you're in the realms of the 40kb, get ready for a world of pain...


You will probably have to make do with much, much, much simpler animation, use CSS transitions or consider a more limited/lighter library.




You could (should) push back and explain the pros of using CDN for Greensock, then you can use the whole suite of tools without breaking a sweat and deliver amazing results even with those punitive file restrictions.


Have a read here. Specially the bit that it explains about CDNs and why use them.

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Just to throw my hat in the mix,


Regarding your question.. "is it possible to do it without CSSPlugin?"


Yes.. you could also use the GSAP AttrPlugin:



See the Pen bVdXbo by jonathan (@jonathan) on CodePen

  • TweenLite is 9kb and the CSSPlugin is only 15kb
  • TweenLite is 9kb and the AttrPlugin is only 1kb

Just something to think about :)

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