File Exchange Pick of the Week

Animation

Posted by Robert Bemis,

Bob's pick this week is anymate by Jerker Wagberg.

My first File Exchange submission to feature an animated GIF was 6 years ago (ie, lidar example). My goal was to give a quick taste of the workflow progression of this considerable data analysis problem from beginning to end. So I bundled a series of screen shots into a multi-frame GIF image file.

Over the years I've used animated GIFs to show dynamic content. A few months ago a customer inquiry made me realize others could benefit from a recipe. So I posted Animated GIF.

Last week I noticed it was quite popular and getting good reviews. Sure, that feels good. Moreover, when I followed the animation tag search I discovered dozens of other submissions including anymate by Jerker. Check out his dancing peaks!

Jerker made his submission months before mine, and there is a lot to love about it. Aside from a clever name consider the ratings for this submission. A perfect 5.0 score (as of this post) is one thing when only one person provides feedback. But unanimous praise from 7 different reviewers, including such File Exchange heavyweights as John and our own Jiro, well that makes for a pretty solid endorsement. Then there is his Published M File which is excellent (including how to pronounce his name in Swedish). Unlike my lightweight recipe, anymate is a serious tool with lots of capabilities and useful features that go way beyond simply capturing an animation for playback. But I don't want to steal all his thunder. Check it out for yourself.

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