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I'm learning something about the ''animate'' package and I've some trouble in visualizing the result of my work. I write the code with TeXShop Version 2.47 that, after the compilation of the code, opens a PDF page where I can see the result. But, In this window, I cannot start the animation and I can see only a static, first frame, image. If I open the PDF document with Adobe Reader, all works right and I can see the animation. But it is a bit awkward.

Maybe that my version of TeXShop is old? Or I've to set some option that I don't know?

  • The current version is 3.58 – egreg Dec 4 '15 at 18:15
  • However, the documentation of animate says “The final PDF can be viewed in current Adobe Readers on all supported platforms (except mobile devices) or in PDF-XChange Viewer.”. – egreg Dec 4 '15 at 18:23
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You can't. The PDF previewer of TeXShop uses Apple's PDF libraries and animations are not supported; neither Preview nor Skim are able to reproduce them.

The documentation of animate says

The final PDF can be viewed in current Adobe Readers on all supported platforms (except mobile devices) or in PDF-XChange Viewer.

  • With the [2016-07-27] update, Foxit Reader adds to the list. – AlexG Jul 28 '16 at 7:40
  • I just tried PDF XChange Viewer version 2.5 (Jan 24 2018), and it did not play the animations I have inside PDF. Only Adobe reader did.? – Nasser Apr 24 '18 at 2:48

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