Ikivo Animator review

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  • Price When Reviewed: 205

  • Pros: Full Illustrator SVG file support and import. Timeline and object browser interface is simple, and offers precise control of objects. Previews of popular smart phones.

  • Cons: Relatively expensive, and requires SVG creation tool and XHTML publisher or SMIL editor to complete workflow and provide content deployment.

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Thanks to the new Live Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator CS 2, it’s now a lot easier to translate bitmapped and vector images into SVG content.

 border=0 />Ikivo Animator takes this one stage further, enabling SVG files to be further converted to the SVG Tiny 1.1 mobile content format. An object library is provided for content management, allowing Animator and Adobe Illustrator to interact and access static SVG for animation via an Object Browser panel. You then create animated content by adjusting attributes in the usual multimedia-authoring manner and export the resulting content to GoLive CS 2 or a similarly SVG Tiny enabled Web design package.
Animator uses a Flash-style workspace, with a Stage for animation viewing and editing. The Treeview is a hierarchical view of the stacking order of the objects on the Stage, conforming to the naming conventions of XML and to layers in Illustrator. In the Treeview, it’s also simple to reorder the elements or to group them, as well as apply hyperlinks to each one. 
There’s a timeline for viewing and adjusting the various layers of attributes for the SVG content over time. These comprise visibility, stroke colour, fill colour, position, rotation, and scale. There’s a dedicated palette to control, animate and adjust the colour and opacity attributes, while the transform palette allows precise control over adjustments of position, rotation <BR>
and scale. 
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