Alongside the release of EaselJS v0.3 we’re also releasing the first version of Zoë, a free Adobe AIR application for exporting SWF animations as sprite sheets (single images containing a grid of animation cells), including frame data for use with EaselJS.
This means you can use Flash Pro to lay out your animations then very easily prep them for use with EaselJS and the HTML5 canvas element.
We used an early version of Zoë to prep all of the animations for the Pirates Love Daisies game we released a few weeks ago, which let our illustration team work with a tool they felt comfortable with, using tweens, skeleton constraints, and graphic symbols.
Here’s a quick feature overview:
- Exports a single sprite sheet image, or individual frames
- Reads frame labels in the swf to generate frame data.
- Writes frame data as JSON or EaselJS files
- Calculates the frame dimensions automatically based on the animation content
- Saves profiles to make it easy to re-export when art changes
And a screenshot:
You can grab Zoë from easeljs.com/zoe.html. It’s currently not open source, but we’ll likely release the source once we have a chance to fix any major issues that arise with the public release and clean up the code.