Best JavaScript frameworks for making animation

There is a flooded amount of JavaScript programs out there for making animation, so which of the multiple frameworks is best? To answer that, we dove deep into a pros and cons list and got some of the best information around. Based on user’s feedback and lots of live trials, we think we have an idea of the top frameworks available for making animation with JavaScript.

Anyone who is familiar with the old flash days, may remember the old reliable framework GreenSock Animation Platform, or GSAP. GSAP has been around for a long time and has a very strong reputation for reliability. It’s a name you can count on and trust and that alone is the reason a lot of developers have followed it out of flash and into JavaScript. In addition, its reputation is made stronger by a laser-lined focus on performance and file size. You don’t need the framework bogging down your entire machine and you don’t want that large framework slowing you down either. Because of this people typically get GSAP ASAP and call it a day.

Another strong contender is Data-Driven Documents, or D3. This JavaScript framework has a lot going for it and only one real flaw. It’s highly supportive software allows for the easy movement of HTML elements, as well as the ability to use Canvas to render a large number of elements. D3 also offers tutorials that make some of the basic functions easier to learn. D3, unlike many of its competitors, does not tie you into any proprietary framework, either. You maintain modern browser capabilities with being bogged down by one proprietary source. The biggest complaint about the D3 JavaScript framework is also one of its most loved features: it’s complexity and flexibility. Because it can do so much and is so versatile, there is quite a large learning curve, making it frustrating for any beginners that may be seeking out something new.

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The final JavaScript framework worth mentioning here is Animo. Animo is an open source tool that is free to use. It uses jQuery and has animate.css, but you are able to add in your own stylesheet as well. Even though it’s a free software, they do offer paid tech support, and before you get all uppity about paying for support, know this: the tech support is provided directly from the developers. Unfortunately, and as can be expected with most free software, they aren’t developing it very quickly. When you’re working on donations and tech support money, it’s hard to make those much-needed improvements. This is the best free, open source out there, though.


So, with all of that information at your fingertips, you should feel pretty confidently about moving those fingertips up to your browser and getting to work on whichever JavaScript framework you have chosen for your animation. Continuing to exercise your tech brain and staying up with the latest news in development will always give you an upper hand in this modern tech environment.


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