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GreenSock Animation Platform

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Think of GSAP as the Swiss Army Knife of animation...but better. It animates anything JavaScript can touch (CSS properties, canvas library objects, SVG, generic objects, whatever) and it solves lots of browser inconsistencies.

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GreenSock review by Jerry O.
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"SVG drag and drop /Angular animations"

What do you like best?

GSAP offers the easiest methods to animate/manipulate SVG elements. Used in conjunction with SVG libraries such as Raphael and Snapz, you will find yourself using GSAP instead of the built in animation tools.

As well with angular, GSAP works nicely with angular's ngAnimate to do sophisticated timeline work that is difficult to accomplish with CSS.

What do you dislike?

Only with angular, like any third party library, you have to figure out a good entry point to integrate with angular. But the easiest method is to keep GSAP as a global in the build process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go through the tutorials to get started quickly. Stick with it. It may look like JQuery at first, but it isn't. Once you finish some basic tutorials, you will find it's very scalable and easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are building drag and drop illustrations ( proprietary work, so can't explain in detail ). GSAP yields much smaller development time.

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GreenSock review by CJ G.
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"Industry Standard for Animation on the Web"

What do you like best?

I've relied heavily on GSAP for rich animation on the web including use in client projects for big budget projects as well as small banner ads, to great success. It is the industry standard for animation on the web giving you great control while keeping performance a priority. If you are doing any kind of animation the web you should definitely consider leveraging the power of greensock.

What do you dislike?

I have no dislikes. In my experience people are only limited by their lack of understanding all the features and capabilities it provides.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best toolkit for javascript animation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Performant web based animations across devices, including low power devices. These have included rich immersive web experiences as well as small file size sensitive banner ads. I have never been disappointed by it. It allows the highest fidelity and control of scripted animations on the web.

What Animation solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
GreenSock review by Aziz K.
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"Performance with ease"

What do you like best?

1. Same functions definitions as its Flash counterpart which helped me in transitioning from Flash to JS

2. Easily animate your storyboard. You can queue animations, stagger animating multiple animations etc.

3. No Dependencies: Many other libraries have a dependency on jQuery etc.

4. Small Size: 7kb

5. Cross Browser Support along with SVG animations.

What do you dislike?

Its not open source. But it does not matter as long as its a working performant library.

Having a successful business model helps development and we can be sure that this product with have continued support for free users as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I started using Greensock with Flash back in 2011. Animations were optimized in Flash and there were very little cross browser or cross version issues. When the entire industry shifted to JS and CSS based transitions there were very few libraries who gave same performance with little overhead. Many of the JS libraries were not as performant as CSS animations. But its very difficult to animate dynamically using only CSS. Greensock solved by giving performant animations using JS.

Plus keeping the same function definitions helped me shift from Flash to JS quite easily.

You can animate anything. Check out http://termvader.github.io/3d-boxes-effect-three.js/

In this I have animated 3D Three.js Objects

GreenSock review by Carlin S.
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"Familiar and useful"

What do you like best?

I like that GreenSock uses an abstracted timeline for animation; coming from the Flash world previously it makes the transition a lot easier. In the documentation, I'm able to quickly find practical examples of what I'm trying to do to help me better use GreenSock. There's tons of support online and a good community around GreenSock. I think that having that community there is a crucial aspect of whether or not I decide to use a product or service online.

What do you dislike?

I think the actual GreenSock website leaves a lot to be desired design and aesthetics-wise. It doesn't really reflect the product IMO. Most of the animations that are present on the homepage and internal pages are from the "cheesy" era of web design, where heavy-Flash sites were the norm. I think using some better examples in those areas would improve things.

Recommendations to others considering the product

GreenSock will help you write clean, efficient animation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We often have complex animations that we need to build from the motion team. There's no question that GreenSock helps us do those animations in a quick and efficient manner. We're able to write code without having to worry very much about throwing it away later if something changes, since we can quickly write new animations. Our business partners will often look at the dev team members as the people who "hold back the fanciness" of the design or animation. With more tools like GreenSock at our disposal, that problem becomes a thing of the past, and we're no longer holding back any of the more complex aspects of the design.

GreenSock review by User in Design
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"Moderate User - 3-4 Projects per year"

What do you like best?

The performance is absolutely stellar, and there's nothing faster for animation 10/10 here. The extensibility is fantastic and the plugin library is robust, to say the least. I started with the flash-based versions of the animation platforms when I was in design school and made the jump to javascript in my professional settings. The standardization and flexibility are great when working with distributed teams, and anytime I have a large-scale animation project with multiple partners, I'll choose GSAP over rolling my own JS.

What do you dislike?

I sometimes have issues navigating the documentation. This isn't so much the writing as it is the performance of the actual documentation website— I occasionally have experienced timeout errors or glitches.

Even as I write this review, greensock.com is giving me pretty sluggish load times, so I would greatly appreciate the interactive demos and examples split apart from the actual documentation.

Sometimes stacking the products I.E. gsap with jquery with scroll plugins etc. I get a bit confused, and the proper hooks can get a bit murky, I think this could be solved with slightly more extensive documentation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're doing a site full of custom animation, it's the best out there. It trumps anything built on Jquery, Moo, etc. But if you only need to animate a handful of items, save the bloat and stick with css3 and custom JS calls when necessary.

The morf SVG plugin is the absolute best thing I've seen for vector animation on the web, but I haven't purchased it because the relationship of that project's budget to the recurring annual fee didn't make sense for the site I wanted to use it with.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Above all, I'm saving development hours for animation on the web. I've gotten great, cross-platform animation functionality for my clients' websites out of the box, with very little learning curve.

GreenSock review by Sunil W.
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"Incomparable to other products. Best tool in the box."

What do you like best?

GreenSock is easy to pick up and run with.

You can download it and start running tests straight away. You don't have to sign any contracts, or navigate complex licensing agreements.

The fact that I can use GreenSock for free is really helpful.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I really dislike is having to relearn the basics every time I return to a project that requires animation. I only do animation very occasionally. So every time I have to do animation, I have to re-orient myself within the framework and the documentation.

Fortunately the documentation is relatively clear. Although some improvements can be made.

Recommendations to others considering the product

At the very least, any developer who is considering a JS animation library should experiment with GreenSock. The ease of use, clear documentation and commmunity support make GreenSock a benchmark product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use GS when I have to please clients with simple UI effects. Often the business results are negligable and not even measured.

However, in the end the client is pleased with the results.

This doesn't neccessarily add to the commercial value of the end product. But it doesn't reduce the value of the product either, and the client ends up happy.

GreenSock review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"animations made easy"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to make effortless animations with only a few calls. It certainly has saved me a good few hours of work. I also enjoyed how thorough the documentation was when looking up how to do a particular thing. If the documentation was missing, there is a substantially large community behind greensock that makes youtube videos, or writes how-to's on blogs that also help tremendously.

What do you dislike?

The class names aren't exactly the easiest to remember; I found myself referring to the documentation a lot when working. It's more of a personal preference though. Coming from other frameworks, I'm also used to particular structuring that greensock doesnt use, but considering I used greensock for animations, the framework was less of a hindrance, than if i was using it to structure my site primarily.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definetley comes highly recommended for someone looking to spruce up their page/platform. Gives you web page a polished look, and on top of appearance, is very easy to maintain. It has a bit of a learning curve, but once you have the basic usage down, it's very easy to continue using.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A lot of the problems I work around are on an aesthetic level, and tend to deal more with page to page transitions, with subtle animations on the page. I've realized primarily that, had i not used greensock, I would have probably spend hours trying to devise a way to present content, rather than selecting from the vast library that's available.

GreenSock review by Sander B.
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"Nice for quick and subtle animations added on the fly"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, easing quality, the ability to chain events and callbacks in timelines.

What do you dislike?

The animation framework has a significant footprint, making it less suitable for some mobile apps.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just give it a try, it's easy to use. The standard free license is very permissive and you usually do not have to get a "Green" business license.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I generally use GS Animation Framework to trigger some functional animations like UI updates, and at times I use it to add some sparse, subtle animations on the fly while programming. Just throw in some animations when presenting new UI elements and the app looks and feels more sophisticated.

GreenSock review by Mike G.
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"I've been using GSAP since the Flash days"

What do you like best?

It can do anything and even though it evolved immensely over the years the process/syntax hasn't changed all that much.

What do you dislike?

I can't really think of anything off hand.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need animations on the web, use it. You'll see.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I create mostly general marketing websites and GSAP allows me to add all the polish and special interactions easily and in a timely manner.

GreenSock review by Christopher P.
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"Effortless Professional Animations made easy, with a learning curve that won't leave you sleepless"

What do you like best?

The quality of the animations and the ability to use the framework with nearly every aspect of every element imaginable.

What do you dislike?

Nothing at all about the animation platform. I wish the SplitText products were free :).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start with something small and watch your users smile. Then keep going!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a responsive UI to keep our users engaged that wasn't too distracting and kept our web environment fun. We realized all of that.

GreenSock review by Антон .
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"GreenSock is awesome!"

What do you like best?

Really like approach to animation as a set of tools. GreenSock is a set of tools, and if you have it, you can create adorable stuff. Feel yourself like da Vinci in web))

What do you dislike?

Not all of us can buy it. But it surely worth it's price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simple usage is a benefit. And we can surprise users with smooth interactions.

GreenSock review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Developing Casino Game engine"

What do you like best?

How fluid are the animations and how easy is to compose those.

What do you dislike?

The product should be easier to integrate from a beginner users. A bootstrap package would be a nice thing to have on the site, so anyone could jump straight to development.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The GSAP is really robust and has proven that because it exists from a long time. I've been using it since its AS3/AS2 version. It's easy and provides great control.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was developing an engine, which should be controlled easily. The GSAP provides easy controls over the speed of animation, which is really important.

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