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Adobe announces an open source SVG library

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Thu Oct 24 2013, 16:45
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SCALABLE VECTOR GRAPHICS (SVG) has a new utility, as Adobe has launched Snap.svg, a library that is available under an open source licence from Github.

The new package has been designed by Dimity Baranovskiy who also authored the popular Raphael Javascript library designed to simplify vector graphics in web browsers.

The SVG package offers a range of capabilities including masking, clipping, patterns, full gradient and grouping, with an API allowing users to manipulate and animate SVG constructs as a compliment to the existing Adobe Edge tools and services.

Adobe director of Web Platform Engineering Vince Hardy enthused, "Adobe is passionate about creativity and advancing the modern Web.

"We have done extensive work on new technologies like Snap.svg that address the ever-changing needs of designers and developers so that their work can reach the largest audience across browsers."

Available under an Apache 2 licence, Snap.vsg supersedes its predecessor by, for the first time, allowing users of Safari, Chrome and Firefox to join in the fun.

The library is fully compatible with Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Flash Pro CC, Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

Adobe has worked closely with the SVG standard, and has long been contributing to it on an open source basis, though at the time of its inception back in 2001 it had been designing a competing format known as PGML. However that was not eventually adopted by WC3, proving even vector graphics has its Betamax moments. µ

 

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