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  1. #16
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    Re: New SVG Tool Chain

    We have talked about the tool chain in general, but not really about Ikivo animator in particular. How does Ikivo Animator help graphic artits be more creative?

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    Re: New SVG Tool Chain

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin_s2f View Post
    ... How does Ikivo Animator help graphic artists be more creative?
    Generally when a graphic designer wants to create an icon, button, splash screen, progress bar, etc... They want to control every aspect of these objects. How they scale, transform or change colors based on their state. Ikivo Animator allows a graphic designer to pre-define how these objects should react when changing states.

    For instance, in NetBeans there is a simple SVG menu component. Each icon in the menu can have pre-defined focus-in and focus-out animations. So the graphic designer could create an icon that grows in size, fades away using opacity, changes color, or slides out of the way when the it loses focus. Normally a programmer would have to do deal with these effects. Animator allows the designer to deal with these effects and the programmer to just use the predefined component.

    There is a tutorial available here that shows a basic demonstration of this concept.

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    Re: New SVG Tool Chain

    Quote Originally Posted by IkivoMike View Post
    Animator allows the designer to deal with these effects and the programmer to just use the predefined component.
    In practice, how does the tool chain separate the roles of the designer and the role of the programmer?

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    Re: New SVG Tool Chain

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin_s2f View Post
    In practice, how does the tool chain separate the roles of the designer and the role of the programmer?
    Netbeans has some pre-defined SVG components that can be used when creating a mobile javva application.

    The designer would create the menu, icon or button in SVG and then give that SVG file to the developer. The developer would then associate that file with the component. This makes it quick and easy to try out different designs, or skins for the designer and the programmer. If problems develop with the design or skin, the programmer does not need to worry about it. The designer can just touch-up the SVG file and deliver it back to the programmer.

    If the pre-defined components are not enough, it is pretty easy to create new components and use the JSR-226 interfaces to interact with the SVG. JSR-226 gives DOM access to the SVG file making it easy to change the graphics or trigger pre-defined animations. This also opens up the possiblities of using AJAX to change dynamically modify the SVG.

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    Re: New SVG Tool Chain

    Thank you, Mike, for taking the time to talk. It looks like we have just about enough time for a cup of coffee before JavaOne starts back up.

    To the rest of the FN community, I hope this has been helpful. If you are in San Franciso at JavaOne, don't forget to stop by Nokia booth 818 and say Hi to Mike, me, and the rest of the team.

    And please continue to post your questions about the new tool chain in this thread. We will monitor the thread closely and make sure we get your questions answered.

    Cheers for now.

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    Re: New SVG Tool Chain

    If anyone arrives late and still has questions, I will be monitoring this thread and will try to answer any questions that come up.

    Thanks to Nokia and Kevin for setting up this session. It has been a fun and interesting time. As Kevin said, feel free to stop by the booth and ask us any questions you may have.

    Skål!
    Mike

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