21Tutorial: Creating an Animation

From the start, SVG was meant as a language for both static and animated vector graphics. It supports both scripted and declarative animation. For better or worse, however, animated SVG on the web never really caught on, and now it seems like the days of vector animation of any kind (such as Flash) are behind us. HTML + JavaScript or pure video are now what mostly move things online.

Inkscape does not support animated SVG documents (although you can add animation attributes manually via the XML Editor) and can display SVG documents only statically. Still, you can use Inkscape to create static frames and then combine them into an animated GIF or a video—although without timeline control, it's difficult to work ...

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