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enter image description hereI use the code below to draw a rectangle enclosed by a oval, however it doesn't work.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{animate}

\usepackage{fp}

% parameterized tikz graphics
\newcommand{\intersect}[1]{%
\def\setA{(0,0) circle (1)}%
\def\setc{(1,0) ellipse (1,2)}%
\def\setB{(#1,0) circle (1)}%
% define the bounding box
\def\boundb{(-2,2) rectangle (4,-2)}%
%
\begin{tikzpicture}
    \draw \boundb;
    % intersection
    \begin{scope}
    \clip \setc;
    \end{scope}
    \begin{scope}[even odd rule]% first circle without the second
    \clip \setB \boundb;
    \end{scope} 
    \draw \setc;
\end{tikzpicture}
}

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\begin{center}

    \begin{animateinline}[autoplay,palindrome]{12}
    %first frame, xb=0.0
    \gdef\xb{0}% xb initial value
    \intersect{\xb}%
    %remaining frames, xb=0.1...2.1
    \whiledo{\lengthtest{\xb pt < 2.1pt}}{%
        \newframe
        \FPeval{xb}{\xb+0.1}% new xb
        \xdef\xb{\xb}% make \xb global
        \intersect{\xb}%
    }%
    \end{animateinline}

\end{center}
\end{frame}
\end{document} 
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can you add a figure to explain –  rpapa Jul 28 '12 at 12:27
    
OK, I have added it. –  sweetyBaby Jul 28 '12 at 12:32
    
for ellipses use \def\setc{(1,0) ellipse (1 and 2), so and instead of , –  Tom Bombadil Jul 28 '12 at 12:53
    
@TomBombadil Even (1,0) circle (1 and 2) works. –  percusse Jul 28 '12 at 13:09
    
@percusse: I know, I usually use circle, that's one less character than ellipse ;) –  Tom Bombadil Jul 28 '12 at 15:47
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I don't understand what exactly you want to do but the following is working without any problems in Adobe Reader.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{animate}

\begin{document}
\begin{frame}{title}
    \begin{animateinline}[autoplay,
                          palindrome,
                          begin={
                                 \begin{tikzpicture}
                                 \useasboundingbox (0,0) rectangle (5cm,4cm);
                                },
                          end={\end{tikzpicture}}
                         ]{10}
\multiframe{20}{nstep=0.0+0.1}{%
  \draw (0.5cm,0.5cm) rectangle (4.5cm,3.5);
  \draw (2.5cm,2cm) circle (\nstep cm and 0.8*\nstep cm);
}
\end{animateinline}
\end{frame}
\end{document} 

Note that the variable names should start with i,n,d etc. (see the animate manual p.4) to reflect the type of the variable.

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