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Hype 2.5: Tumult's 'love letter' update to its users is a triumph

Serenity Caldwell | Feb. 14, 2014
As someone who despised WYSIWYG software for most of her life, I found myself rather shocked to be enjoying Tumult's HTML5 web and animation software, Hype, when it first came on the scene in 2011. Our initial review praised the software for its excellent HTML5 animation and website-building tools, and the app has only gotten better over the last few years. Its latest update, which Tumult calls "a love letter to our users," makes an already fantastic piece of software downright essential for anyone who is interested in building complex, scaling HTML5 animations but is lacking in HTML, CSS, or Javascript expertise.

There are new rotation options, including three-axis rotation and circular paths for elements; you can tweak each scene transition's duration, rather than be forced to apply a master time for all scenes; and there's a new Continue Timeline option that allows you to play the entire scene in reverse after it plays through. For JavaScript geeks, there are even APIs that hook into Hype's timeline direction, current time, playback state, timeline duration, and scene transition duration. And French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and Spanish users can now use the app in their native tongue, as the app has been fully localized into those six additional languages.

Though these bits and bytes may seem small on their own, together they really refine an already excellent program. Retina image support and automatic image optimization cement Hype's responsive design tools as a way to build for all platforms, while timeline improvements and new element options add more power and flavor to the program's animation components.

Bottom line
If you're looking to play in the world of HTML5 animation and responsive Web design without being an expert on CSS transforms and JavaScript tricks, Hype is the program to pick up. If you can think it up, Hype can probably build it. And though it may occasionally need some hand-coded help when it comes to advanced projects, it's a great tool for almost everything else.


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