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How to get current step of an animated attribute?

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This thread was started before GSAP 3 was released. Some information, especially the syntax, may be out of date for GSAP 3. Please see the GSAP 3 migration guide and release notes for more information about how to update the code to GSAP 3's syntax. 

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Hi, greetings! I am a complete newbie and am very excited to get started learning GSAP for SVG animation.

Right now I have one of the most basic questions: can I get a current step of a transform attribute component from an affected SVG shape using GSAP? I noticed that the amazing and intuitive capability of GSAP turns transform attribute parts into a matrix and I've come across https://css-tricks.com/get-value-of-css-rotation-through-javascript/ which is what I'll resort to outside of this forum.


However, I have to ask if there's already a native GSAP method of doing this. My goal is to simply keep track of transform values in units, such as rotation of a clock-arrow, using an onUpdate function.

		rotation : oldAngle,
		transformOrigin : "50% 50%"
		rotation : newAngle,
		transformOrigin : "50% 50%",
		ease: myEase,
		onUpdate : function(){
			// elem.currentRotationAngle = ?

Thanks, and thanks to all who made this code available for the people of Earth.

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Hi and welcome to the GreenSock forums,


When you perform a transform on an element GSAP will attach a _gsTransform object to that element.

The _gsTransform  object will hold properties like x, y, scaleX, scaleY, skewX, rotationY etc.


Master Rodrigo made this demo many moons ago which should illustrate it nicely for you:



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How cool is that! Thanks for your help and the link, I didn't even know this was happening, it doesn't cease to surprise me with amazements!

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