Introduction to the AnimationS applet
August 3, 1999
A general-purpose Java image animator tool for the Web
this page updated: February, 2009
Last software update: June 18th, 2007 -- AniS version 2.91
This information is now also available in Spanish
at this site
(Thanks to Francisco Martín León at INM)
We hope you are here because you've heard great things about AniS or
its predecessor, Ani2. The AniS applet has
derived mainly from work done for the VISIT projects'
collaboration and distance learning tool.
the web (through browsers). It is
not a stand-alone application for image animation.
about the HTML <APPLET> tag is available
If your users have questions or issues running Java applets (not just
AniS), you might refer them to
AniS has most of display features of VISITview, plus a few extras!, but
you, as the Web site developer, specify (in the HTML) just what controls
will be presented to the user for your specific application.
Important note about using the Java Plug-in If you or your users have installed the Java
Plug-in to use with their browsers, please alert them to the necessity of adding a "Java Runtime
Option" using the plug-in setup program - especially if they get an
OutOfMemory Error. Please click here for
Update information is now available by clicking here.
Detailed parameter documentation is available by clicking here.
Important information about using PNG files. Please click
here if you are using the "enable_png" parameter
A Tips and Tricks section will be added soon!
Mailing List!! You can now join the mailing list to get notified of
click here for instructions
What can AniS do?
- Simple animation of 2 or more images -- you can allow your visitors
to have no controls, or a full-set of controls:
- stop & start animation
- set animation speed
- single step frames and change direction of animation sequence
- go directly to the first or last frame
- movie looping or "rocking" modes
- Overlays of other images -- if you want to put a map base and some
plots or analyses on top of a satellite image, for example. Checkboxes
are used to select/un-select overlays.
- Fade between images -- using 8 bit, alpha-component. A slider may
be used, or the fading may be animated.
- A set of frame-based toggle buttons to turn individual frames on
and off during animations (okay, so MSFC had a good idea...)
- Use the same toggles to show individual frames as well
- Zooming of images (and portals and overlays)
- Roaming around while zoomed
- Portals -- also known as viewports, or window-in-a-window
- Rescaling of large images, if desired.
- Automatic image refresh for real-time applications (with an
optional button to turn this on and off)
- Display a single frame/image in a separate browser window so the user
can save or print it
- Combinations of most everything!!
We've prepared several pages of examples that will give you the
feeling for what's possible, and start to introduce the HTML needed to
run AniS. Please take a look --
the examples start here and there are
links at the bottom of each page to the next one!
Or, you can
just click on a particular example from this list:
about the using the HTML <APPLET> tag is available
There is also a detailed document that
defines each parameter.
This document also contains tips on deploying AniS with
dynamic web pages, and how to avoid having multiple copies of the
class files on your server when you have several animations set
How to get the software
this ZIP file, which contains only the code (class, properties and jar files)
- Unzip the file your downloaded into a directory by itself and then
- copy all the .class and .propteries files and the aniscode.jar file
into the directory where you will be serving your animations to the outside world
- if you want to use the default enhancement file, download
this enh.tab file and copy it into the target directory as well;
otherwise, if you have made your own, then just
copy it over.
- Make your HTML following the examples
- Make your JPEG or GIF files (Important Note:
do not use the GIF
"transparency" option in making your image files or your loops will "flash")
- Put the image files into the directory along with the HTML
- Turn your users and fans loose!
Note: If you are just updating an existing installation, you need only
get this ZIP file (class, properties and jar files only)
and unzip it over your current installation of .class and/or .jar file.
Note: Instead of dealing with the .class and properties files, you
may instead just copy the aniscode.jar file. If you
do this, the applet will load faster on the end user's machine,
but you will also have to add an attribute to the <applet>
<applet archive="aniscode.jar" code="AniS.class" height=....>
The AniS Application
If you need to point your users at different hosts for some of your images, you can use the
AniS Application. It's a wrapper around the AniS applet that allows your HTML to specify
image_base that points away from your host. The downside is that your users will have
to install the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). This new capability, introduced in July, 2005,
is available by downloading the anisapp.jar file. You need to then
run a command-line command:
java -jar anisapp.jar
(you may optionally append the URL of your HTML that invokes the AniS applet). We will consider
packaging this with the JRE in the future, to make it easier to use.
You may also run this as a Web Start application by simply
clicking here (if you have installed Web
Start). You can try this URL if you like:
which reads radar image files from another site...
Join the AniS mailing list
If you would like to get notified of updates to AniS,
send an email to:
leave ths subject and body blank. You will later be asked to
verify that you did, indeed, subscribe. Just follow the
Please send your comments, suggestions, and questions to:
This applet is Copyright(C) 1999-2005 by Tom Whittaker. You may use
this for any lawful purpose, and we are not responsible
for what you do with it. It was developed as an outcome of the
and uses many classes from the VISITview
collaborative training / distance learning tool.