16 Impressive Flash-Like Javascript Animation Inspirations, Tutorials and Plugins

16 Impressive Flash-Like Javascript Animation Inspirations, Tutorials and Plugins

16 Impressive Flash-Like Javascript Animation Inspirations, Tutorials and Plugins


A while ago, create animation with javascript is just too difficult. Since the introduction of javascript frameworks like prototype, jQuery and mootools, a lot other frameworks that designed to enhance the animation abilities have emerged. Now, we can use create impressive javascript animation easily and your visitors just wouldn't able to tell the differences.

I hope you will get something new from this post. Enjoy!


Examples and inspirations

Plugins and Tutorials

  • jParallax Plugin | Demo

    jParallax turns a selected element into a 'window', or viewport, and all its children into absolutely positioned layers that can be seen through the viewport. These layers move in response to the mouse, and, depending on their dimensions (and options for layer initialisation), they move by different amounts, in a parallaxy kind of way.
  • FxQueues Plugin | Demo

    The new version of this plugin is based on a script John Resig started some time ago (I came across his code afterlaunching the first version of this plugin). I adapted the code and added the scope stuff, created a new example page and also created some unit tests (which need some improvement, but are a good start).
  • jsAnim - Free Javascript Animation Library | Demo

    jsAnim is a powerful, yet easy to use library for adding impressive animations to websites, without sacrificing standards or accessibility. Weighing in at just under 25 kilobytes, jsAnim packs a lot of punch for such a little application.
  • $fx | Demo

    A compact, lightweight Javascript Library for animation. CSS properties (and more!) adjustment along a time line. Parallel effect sets and effect chains. Extended set of callbacks to adjust behavior. Parallax Scrolling and Less than 4kb!
  • GX | Demo

    GX is a full-featured, cross-browser, super-tiny (10kb uncompressed) Javascript Animations Framework. Using GX you can create complex animations working with every w3c CSS property.
  • Glimmer | Demo

    jQuery's support for animations is amazing. Glimmer makes it easy to create standards-based, custom animations that can work directly with your existing HTML and CSS!
  • Magic | Demo
  • Simulate Gravity with jQuery | Demo

    Visual effects on web pages are becoming more and more effective thanks to framework like jQuery. The idea of being able to adjust the look of a page with a click or a button gives the user a bit of extra interaction. This tutorials aims to give you insight of realistic gravity animations with jQuery.
  • Building an Animated Cartoon Tobot | Demo

    Aside from being a fun exercise, what purpose does something like this have? None that’s plainly obvious. Its about as useful as a miniature ship in a bottle. Yet it does have an underlying purpose. It could inspire someone to look beyond the perceived constraints of web designers and developers.
  • Flashy Intro with jQuery Animation | Demo

    Remember those days which almost every website has a Flash intro or header that makes you wait un… forever. Now more and more people are using jQuery’s animation function to make their sites interesting. Let’s see how we do it.
  • How to Make an Impressive Animated Landscape Header with jQuery | Demo

    In this tutorial we’ll start with a cartoon themed header, build two different states for content and animate a transition between them using jQuery.


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Author: Kevin Liew

Kevin Liew is a web designer and developer and keen on contributing to the web development industry. He loves frontend development and absolutely amazed by jQuery. Feel free to say hi to me, or follow @quenesswebblog on twitter.

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Eda Can
Sun, 1st January 2012

very nice. It will be useful for my next project Reply
Sat, 21st January 2012
I found out about this amazing site: http://www.fight4fun.it/ Reply
Wed, 15th February 2012
all exemples sucks ! Plugin Rocks Reply
Sun, 1st April 2012
very nice collection. i am going to say good bye to flash... Reply
Mon, 30th April 2012
cool stuff but i dont know if im ready to give up my flash yet. but i am becoming a believer.
as soon as i can reproduce my site http://www.pyelive.com and it look just as goo i will make the switch for good - but thanks for the examples! cool Reply
john dean
Wed, 11th July 2012
great article,,, awesome Reply
Thu, 26th July 2012
I'd like to creat some animated texte & images in my web site, can some body show me how??
Thanks Reply
Tue, 28th August 2012
Really Inspiring. Thank You.
Here's what I made using JavaScript. http://www.concetto.co.in/ Reply
Jens Ahrengot Boddum
Sun, 30th September 2012
There's a new player in town ...

Greensock is a fantastic javascript animation framework that performs above and beyond everything else currently available. If you're interested, check out my tutorial: <a href="" title="A tutorial on using the Greensock JavaScript animation framework" target="_blank">Greensock JavaScript Animation</a>. Reply
Jens Ahrengot Boddum
Sun, 30th September 2012
Whoops broken link. Sorry about that. Here you go:
http://ahrengot.com/tutorials/greensock-javascript-animation/ Reply
Curtis Socha
Mon, 10th December 2012
Check out the animations on www.jcsml.com. Full support for all browsers (yes, even fully support for IE6), and tons of animations and code examples. Fully specs available even for animated typeography. Reply
Sat, 13th April 2013
Dang, wish some of the links actually worked. Reply

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