Spritely: Character and Background Animation without Flash! CodeUnit 31 DEC 2010

So you are the type of person that likes those cheesy moving, animated characters and backgrounds that appear on numerous websites around the Internet. In fact, you love just about anything that moves and hence are absolutely in love with creating Flash animations.

But what if Flash wasn’t available to you?

Well enter Spritely, a brilliantly lightweight jQuery plugin created by Artlogic that makes dynamic character and background animation possible using nothing more than pure HTML and JavaScript.

This brilliant little plugin allows you to quickly and easily generate things like animated sprites and dynamic scrolling backgrounds with little other than a few simple method calls. And counted amongst its many advantages comes the fact that it works pretty damn well on those annoying restrictive Apple devices, like the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

It works on most web browsers (yes, even Internet Explorer 6), is really lightweight meaning that it doesn’t require much bandwidth to operate, operates on a different depth level to the rest of your HTML page and thus allows you to generate fully accessible pages in pure HTML and javascript without losing anything.

And best of all, it is completely free to use, dually licensed under the MIT or GPL Version 2 licenses.


Related Link: http://www.spritely.net/

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.