While babysitting my kids yesterday I played little bit with one of my favorite LaTeX package
PSTricks. Naturally I started toying with something more "advanced" so a toyed a bit with animations. On
PSTricks website I learned about animate package. To expend further on the topic I also read a PracTEX Journal, 2010, No. 1. article, Tools for creating LATEX-integrated graphics and animations under GNU/Linux. Long story short 2 hours latter I came up with the following conclusions.
Including animations into
I like the idea of using external scripting language to do actual animations in
Animate takes the right approach but it fails short to deliver for two reasons. It requires Adobe Reader which is essentially Windows specific application. I am an
OpenBSDuser and the obsolete 7.0 version of Linux
AcroReadmy guess is that that is probably the only language it is supported.
Here is my question. Does anybody knows enough about internals of animate
Lua :) Second question for
xpdf (or other
epdfview) hackers is how easily would be to add
Lua support in
xpdf. Advantage of "my" approach should be obvious.
I would like to thank Dr. Herber Voss for doing a great job with
PSTricks. The only really useful thing for humanity which came out of my goofing of with
PSTricks yesterday and animate package is that I ordered his book PSTricks: Graphics and PostScript for TeX and LaTeX for our university library.