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Submitted by AlgoVizAdmin on 19 April 2010 - 8:51am
Guido Rössling, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Major work for Animal appears to be around 1999-2000
Publications: See papers in bibliography by Guido Rössling
Animal is a system for developing animations. There are a lot of similarities to Microsoft Powerpoint. Users must download an application (in the form of a Java .jar ﬁle) that is the Animal engine. Users then open an Animal .aml ﬁle. What users see is something that looks a bit like a slide show, with controls to move through the show either step-by-step, or at an automated pacing.
A large number of animations are available at the project website. Since the results are animations, users cannot interact with the data structures/algorithms.
See also JHAVÉ which supports Animal scripts.
For detailed instructions on how to install Animal and run Animal AVs, see: http://www.algoanim.info/Animal2/?q=node/290. Once you have installed the Animal .jar ﬁle and downloaded/unpacked the .zip ﬁle of Animal animations, you are now ready to run Animal. Run the .jar ﬁle to start Animal. Then go to the “Open” menu item, and browse to where you put the animal animations you got in the .zip ﬁle. Pick your desired AV from the list. You can then step through the animation, or use “kiosk mode” to have the steps fed to you at a constant pace.