Haiku Animator

Create powerful animations for any app or website

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#4 Product of the WeekMarch 08, 2019
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Haiku Animator (formerly Haiku for Mac) lets you:
• Animate for any iOS, Android, or Web codebase
• Create Lottie files without After Effects
• Finesse animations with Animator's powerful timeline
• Use Figma, Sketch, or Illustrator to sync design assets
Reviews
  • Pros: 

    Really nice interface, sample outputs look slick

    Cons: 

    Subscription model pricing.

    14 day trial is a bit limiting - I'd prefer 30 days with a watermark over the output, as 14 days in development can be soaked up fast! Looks to be a great product and the samples shown look really slick. Is this another product that ceases working if you stop paying monthly/annually?

    Sparky uk has used this product for one week.
  • Pros: 

    lovely animations... very easy coming from AE timelines

    Cons: 

    Beta app not working anymore (thot they killed it - but it maybe a missunderstanding)

    Will file bug report

    43 Minutes has used this product for one year.
Discussion
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Zack Brown
Zack BrownMaker@zackaboo
A year ago, our team released Haiku for Mac in beta. At the time, we wanted Haiku to be a bit of everything — animation tool, UI builder, "the missing link between design and code." Through a year of user feedback and steady improvements, we've discovered that what users loved most about Haiku was its animation capabilities. It turns out "visual animations that ship to production" were a big unmet need! So Haiku is now Haiku Animator. Animate your Figma, Sketch, or Illustrator files with our powerful timeline. Add your animations to any iOS, Android, React, Angular, or Vue app. Stay connected between motion design & code like never before with our version-controlled Publish workflow. Animator represents a year of dedication and progress from our team — anyone who checked it out before, we invite you to check it out again. And new users, welcome! We hope you love using Haiku Animator to create cross-platform UI animations.
43 Minutes
43 Minutes@43_mins
@zackaboo I just opened the Haiku for mac (beta tester), it auto updated. Now it refuses to open. Is the beta killed to make space for paid version?
Zack Brown
Zack BrownMaker@zackaboo
@43_mins That's definitely not intentional! Our team is looking into it right now. I recommend trying a fresh install (I'll message you a direct link + another troubleshooting option.)
43 Minutes
43 Minutes@43_mins
@zackaboo Thanks for the update - Now, cant even open it so not sure how to send bug report. (I initially had the default mac bug screen, but i closed it without sending). Now not opening at all
Mike Coutermarsh
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
@zackaboo Can you export to a png sprite or animated SVG? Looked like adding an animation requires loading in JS? How's it work when embedded on a website?
Zack Brown
Zack BrownMaker@zackaboo
@mscccc you can export GIF or mp4. We use a PNG sequence internally to generate those, so it wouldn't be too crazy to expose that as a feature. [filed for discussion] Otherwise yes, the animations require JS to run on the web, or swift/ObjC/Java/Kotlin to run on iOS/Android. This is handled by the open source Animator Core dependency https://github.com/HaikuTeam/core for web and Lottie for iOS/Android. Note that Animator Core is the core rendering engine for Animator itself — there's no difference between 'design' and 'production' with Animator; every change is a 'live preview' because you're editing the underlying code.
Bowen Jiang
Bowen Jiang@bowen_jiang
look is so good
Ayush Chandra
Ayush Chandra@ayush_chandra · Law Student|Tech Evangelist
Great job!!😊
Jijo John
Jijo John@jijo_john · Fly Airplanes, Startups , Code..
This is a well made project. Good job team
Rebecca
Rebecca@rebeccahmo
so why is it called Haiku?
Zack Brown
Zack BrownMaker@zackaboo
@rebeccahmo the core of a haiku is juxtaposition — two opposing themes, packaged together into a minimal, artful package. At Haiku, our mission is to "revolutionize software creation: by unifying design and code." [Animations are just the beginning, by the way! We have more big news coming soon.] Our company's juxtaposing themes are "design" and "code." And we are driving to unify those themes in an elegant & artful way. That's why Haiku.