Online Help for the Animations
Accessing our animations
To see our animations, please download the latest Flash player from the Adobe site. If you already have a Flash player installed, check that it is at least a version 9 player. If you do have a version 9 player, it will prompt you whenever new updates are available.
Flash and Flex
Our early animations are written using the Adobe Flash program. More recently we have started to use Adobe Flex Builder. You can tell the animations created in Flex as they are the ones with the gold title bar. Flex, as the name suggests, allows us to do more with the animations, and in particular it makes it possible for us to package them for offline use.
FlowGraph is a downloadable application that can import spreadsheet data and animate it in a manner similar to a Google Motion Chart. Motion Charts are based on Hans Rosling's GapMinder program. The advantage of the FlowGraph application is that it can run offline using local data rather than Google Doc spreadsheets. It requires a comma separated variable file with column headings in the first row. Examples are included in the distribution.
- The AIR runtime
- Some of our Flex animations will be available as AIR downloads. AIR stands for 'Adobe Interactive Runtime'. It's a downloadable runtime that, once installed, allows you to run our animations offline.
- Survival Data
We'll shortly be making this animation available as an AIR download. Meanwhile you can access it online here.
Follow the link to download the life tables which drive the Survival animation.