Purple HTML5 Animation Tool Provides Direct Adobe Photoshop File Import
Artifacts Software has now joined this group thanks to its Purple application, which allows users to create animations for display on webkit-compatible browsers, such as Safari, mobile Safari or Google Chrome. The app employs recent CSS extensions such as keyframes to deliver smooth animations, with the downside that not all browsers, including the upcoming Internet Explorer 10, support them. Purple offers a scenes- and keyframe-based timeline editing environment, with direct object manipulation provided for such tasks as moving, rotating and scaling objects on a zoomable canvas.
Designers will be particularly interested in Purple's Photoshop support, with users able to simply drag Photoshop files onto the Purple icon in the Dock. And yes, every image layer will result in a corresponding layer in the Purple animation. Sweet. In the case of complex files, a script is said to render every layer, combine groups and then open the file in Purple. Purple Moon, a dedicated preview client, is provided for previewing iPad or Android animations prior to publication.
Purple 1 for Mac is priced at $39.99, with more information available on the Artifacts Software site.