(Last Updated: August 28, 2017)

HTML5 and its vast functionality has become an integral part of modern websites. As an HTML5 animation creation tool, Saola Animate enables you to build dynamic and flexible animations, working flawlessly on different devices and browsers. So, why should you use HTML5? And why should you use Saola Animate to create HTML5 animation? The answers come in the next parts of this article.

Why HTML5?

HTML5 together with CSS3 and JavaScript are all you need to create animated, interactive content that looks good on any platform or device. Below are three major benefits of HTML5.

1. Mobile Support

Gone are the days of Flash and PC era, today is the era of mobile devices with touch interfaces and open web standards. The key for your web content to go viral is to reach an increasing number of users on the go. That’s why you need HTML5. HTML5 provides better support for mobile sites. So far, all major browsers on mobile (and desktop) platforms have adopted HTML5. HTML5 has also been favored by big video content distributors such as YouTube, Facebook, and Netflix.

2. Responsive Nature

Web content nowadays must run flawlessly on such a wide range of devices. Let’s say you are creating a banner ad. Should you make it fixed size? Definitely no because your ad must scale itself to fit any available space on different screen sizes and devices. Good news is that with HTML5 you can create mobile-friendly responsive content. HTML5 responsive nature is beneficial not only in online advertising but also in web designing, game designing, eLearning, etc.

3. Native Media Playback

HTML5 embeds multimedia content easily with no plug-in or player application. You no longer have to use or download any software to view the multimedia content. On the other hand, external plug-ins can increase chances of unexpected stability and security issues. So, HTML5 is a great choice to enhance user experience, efficiency, and security.

Why Saola Animate?

HTML5 is so great, but why would you need Saola Animate while there are countless HTML5 animation creation tools out there? Here are the six key reasons why Saola Animate stands out in the crowd.

1. Easy-to-use User Interface

Clarity is the first impression you get when working in Saola Animate. The User Interface is so clear that you can quickly run tasks without any ambiguity. It’s also easily navigable as the most frequently used commands and controls are the most prominent. Besides, the dark user interface helps out a lot to by making the visual content come alive. All in all, you will complete your work fast and efficiently in Saola Animate.

Let’s take a quick look at the interface.

(1) The top shows the toolbar where you can find the most frequently used commands.

(2) The central area shows the Canvas where you place all your scenes and elements.

(3) The left-hand sidebar displays the Scenes. This sidebar can be toggled.

(4) The most important part, the Timeline pane, is at the bottom. It shows all your animations and keyframes.

(5) The right-hand sidebar displays the Properties. This sidebar can also be toggled.

2. Visual Editor and Intuitive Timeline

HTML5 animation is no longer within reach of only developers. The door is now open for almost anyone who wants to explore his creativity. That’s because Saola Animate puts things right before your eyes, removing the need for hand-coding. A rich visual editor keeps the code in the background, giving you more creative control over the content. So, what you see is no doubt what you get, not the boring HTML code.

saola animate intuitive timeline

Apart from a rich visual editor, i.e. the Canvas, Saola Animate also provides an intuitive Timeline for keyframe-based animation. The Timeline organizes and controls your animations over time, granting you a visual look of all animations. You now can “see” them, copy and paste them, drag them to change their timing and duration, etc. On top of that, the Auto-Keyframe Mode is here to make your animation-making a snap – definitely a time-saver.

3. Instant Preview

It goes without saying that previewing is a required part of any creating process. In Saola Animate, instant preview lets you skip the exporting process and test your animation instantly. Thanks to the rich visual editor, you can preview your work inside the editor in a matter of clicks. You can also preview in browsers to have a more truthful view of your animation and interactivity.

4. Reusable Symbols

Saola Animate enables you to create symbols, in other words, nested animations within other animations. They contain their own elements, scenes, timelines, and interactive capabilities that are all independent of the timeline. Using symbols is efficient because they can be reusable throughout your document or in other documents. That is, you can create a symbol in a document, export it to your desktop, and then import it into another document.

5. Built-in Events and Actions

With Saola Animate, rich interactive content is definitely at hand in a few clicks of a mouse. All items such as elements, scenes, timelines, etc., can be made interactive to respond to both mouse and touch events. Saola Animate provides the Event Handlers with a wide range of built-in events and actions. Just work with drop-down lists, navigate your desired events/actions, and click to choose what you want. No need to write a single line of code at all.

6. Powerful JavaScript Editor

Knowing how to code isn’t required, but if you do know coding, surely you gain the upper hand. That’s because chances are your creativity needs so much that only hand-coding can meet its wants. With this in mind, Saola Animate offers a powerful JavaScript editor with a list of JavaScript APIs and many helpful features such as auto suggestion, code folding, etc. You might have to code, but you will be fully supported.

HTML5 lets you stay ahead of the trend, and Saola Animate is the ultimate tool to create excellent HTML5 animation. Don’t hesitate to download Saola Animate and give it a try. Feel free to contact us if you need any support.

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