CTAN Update: animate

CTAN Announcements ctan-ann at dante.de
Sat May 10 13:25:35 CEST 2008

On Fri, 9 May 2008 Alexander Grahn submitted an update to the


package for creating portable PDF animations from graphics files and inline 

The package provides an interface to create portable, JavaScript driven PDF 
animations from sets of graphics files or from inline graphics, such as LaTeX 
picture environment, PSTricks or pgf/TikZ generated pictures, or just from 
typeset text.

Location on CTAN: /macros/latex/contrib/animate
License type: lppl
Announcement text: 

Animations produced with this updated version of animate.sty can now be played 
in the current Adobe Reader 8 at a reasonable speed as well.

You might want to experiment with the graphical hardware acceleration feature 
that was introduced in Reader 8. Go to menu `Edit'-->`Preferences'-->`Page 
Display'-->`Rendering' to see whether hardware acceleration is available. A 2D 
GPU acceleration check box will be visible if a supported video card has been 
detected. (This is currently a Windows-only feature, though.)

Feedback is highly welcome, as in my case (different platform + unsupported 
video card) there is no hardware acceleration available.

Without acceleration, animations are still somewhat slower (by approx. 20 %) in 
Reader 8 than in older versions.


This package is located at 
.  More information is at
(if the package is new it may take a day for that information to 
appear).  We are supported by the TeX Users Group http://www.tug.org .  
Please join a users group; see http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html .

Thanks for the upload.

For the CTAN Team
  Rainer Schöpf

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