Building animations can get complicated, particularly compelling animations where you aren’t just rolling a ball across the screen, but building a scene where many things are moving and changing in concert. When compelling animation is the goal, a timeline GUI interface is a long-proven way to get there. That was true in the days of Flash (RIP), and still true today in every serious video editing tool.
But what do we have on the web for animating vector graphics? We have SVGator, an innovative and unique SVG animation creator that doesn’t require any coding skills! With the new SVGator 3.0 release it becomes a ground-breaking tool for building web animations in a visually intuitive way.
A powerful tool right at your fingertips
I love a good browser-based design tool. All my projects in the cloud, waiting for me no matter where I roam. Here’s my SVGator project as I was working on a basic animation myself:
Users of any design tool should feel at home here. It comes with an intuitive interface that rises to the demands of a professional workflow with options that allow more control over your workspace. You will find a list of your elements and groups on the left side, along with the main editing tools right at the top. All the properties can be found on the right side and you can bring any elements to life by setting up keyframes on the timeline.
I’ll be honest: I’ve never really used SVGator before, I read zero documentation, and I was able to fiddle together these animated CSS-Tricks stars in just a few minutes:
See that animation above?
- It was output as a single
animation-stars.svgdocument I was able to upload to this blog post without any problem.
- The final file is just 5 KB. Tiny!
- The SVG, including the CSS animation bits, are pre-optimized and compressed.
- And again, it only took me a couple minutes to figure out.
Imagine what you could do if you actually had design and animation talent.
SVGator is also an outstanding vector editor
With the 3.0 release, SVGator is no longer just an animation tool, but a full-featured SVG creator! This means that there’s no need for a third-party vector editing tool, you can start from scratch in SVGator or edit any pre-existing SVGs that you’ve ever created. A Pen tool with fast editing options, easily editable shapes, compound options, and lots of other amazing features will assist you in your work.
That’s particularly useful with morphing tweens, which SVGator totally supports!
Here’s my one word review:
The all-new interface in SVGator has a sidebar of collapsible panels for controlling all aspects of the design. See here how easy this animation was to make by controlling a line of text, the transforms, and the filters, and then choosing keyframes for those things below.
Suitable plans for everyone
If you want to use SVGator as a vector editing tool, that’s absolutely free, which means that you can create and export an endless number of static vector graphics, regardless of your subscription plan In fact, even on the Free plan, you export three animations per month. It’s just when you want more advanced animation tooling or unlimited animated exports per month than that you have to upgrade to a paid plan.