Here’s a quick breakdown of what was released:
The latest release of EaselJS (our HTML5 display library) has a completely reengineered sprite sheet engine, which includes a host of new features: multi-image sprite sheets, variable frame dimensions, frame reuse, image preloading, and a new data format. Note that this change will require some minor updates to existing content using sprite sheets in EaselJS.
We’ve added filter effects, and a few sample filters, including a box blur filter by Mario Klingemann, who has agreed to write a number of other filters for the library.
There’s also a fantastic new build system, built on top of Node.js by Adobe’s own Mike Chambers. And, of course, a whole pile of other feature additions, optimizations and bug fixes. Check the VERSIONS file for full details.
We’ve released a major update to Zoë, our tool for exporting sprite sheets from SWF animations. It supports EaselJS’s new data format, and adds some great new features like variable frame dimensions with more optimal rect packing, and intelligent frame reuse. The latter allows you to set a threshold for how similar frames can be, and Zoë will automatically remove similar frames and reuse them in animations. Testing on some old content, we saved 20-50% on file size with this feature, with virtually no decrease in animation quality.
This release was a bit more rushed than we would have liked, so you should expect to see a v1.5.1 release before too long that polishes things up and adds additional features such as multi-image export.
This is the first “official” release of TweenJS. TweenJS uses a simple API of chained commands to sequence tweens and actions to create complex animations and timed events. For example:
TweenJS makes a great companion to EaselJS, and also has some basic support for working with CSS properties, which will be extended in future versions.
This is also the first official release of SoundJS, our library for working with the HTML5 Audio tag. Sound in HTML5 is a complete mess to work with, and this library aims to make it a bit easier. It handles preloading, allows you to assign a fixed number of tags to a specific sound, provides volume control, and manages sound interruption.
This library is still a little rough, but we’re planning to continue to clean it up and add functionality (ex. WebAudio support) as time permits.
All of these projects are free and open source, released under the highly permissive MIT license, and are hosted on GitHub. I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to these releases, even if just by providing feedback or encouragement. Hopefully people find these useful in their own quests to build amazing content for the web!
As an aside, now that these releases are out of the way, I’m considering doing a series of posts or videos on getting started with some of these libraries. I think it would be particularly relevant as Flash developers start looking to create content in HTML5, and web developers look to create more interactive content.