"Things inside other things, doing things with stuff." is the basic recipe :)
- Each thing has a timeline and a variety of ways to draw py-cairo graphics.
- Each Thing can contain other things, and so-on down.
- Things can be tweened around keys like size, rotation and alpha.
- Special Things are available to detect hits, follow paths, perform clipping
- '''NEW''': Export each frame to PNG or SVG files. Very handy trick.
Inkscape is the 'extended' IDE for this API: You can draw all your vector
graphics there and pull them out into Things via Python. You can draw individual
'sprites' or multiple 'loops' or paths and masks.
There is a (primitive) event system which deals with mouse events. I could do
with some help making it better and including the keyboard.
My hope is that someone (with a brain, better than mine :) ) will take this API
and turn it into a fast C/C++ library.
If this happened, we could focus on building an actual IDE to draw SVG, code
Python and layout keys all on a visual time line. It would be a really neat
animation system for GNU/Linux (and other platforms).
The code is available on CVS at:
cvs -d:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/sources/things co things
My personal wiki page for the project is: