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Animations

Are they compatible with 'responsive design'?
Yes. They are all designed to be able to adapt automatically to the size of their container. You see it already when you are using our animation editor: the thumbnails on the left side are nothing more than your animation, in several live reductions, and the main display adapts its dimensions to the remaining space. When you will integrate your animation into your web page, you will have to choose between a 'responsive' integration code and a fixed dimensions one.
Are they displayable by all internet browsers?
Our animations behave well on all recent versions of main browsers. More precisely, the minimal required versions are: Chrome 30, Internet Explorer 9, FireFox 30, Safari 7.1, Opera 26.
Are they well suited for all web devices?
To the extent that we only use HTML5/CSS/javascript web technologies, our animations are very well supported by all PCs, tablets and smartphones. It was not the case with our first LoxiaStudio version, where lot of animations needed the Adobe Flash© plugin, today not compatible with many smartphones.
Our animations are specially optimized for low bandwidths, such as 2G or 3G connections. When they are displayed on small screens (tablets or smartphones), the embedded pictures are served with reduced sizes: the total weight of your animation may be then less than 150 kB, all pictures included!
On an other hand, on a large screen, the same animation will be displayed with images in their biggest size and their best quality.
Your animations are multi-resolutions!
What are the proposed animations?

Accordion

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Horizontal

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Vertical


Backboard

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Soft


Commercial banner

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Slogan & click

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Vertical Slogan & click


Visit card

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3D

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Wiping


Carousel

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Horizontal

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Vertical


CountDown

:

click


CountDown date

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English numerique

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French texts


Circle & square

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2 colors


Clip Art

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Baloons

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Fireworks

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Gifts

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Particles

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Stars

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Water drop


Clock Letters

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French

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English condensed


Clock Needle

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Basic


Slide & movement

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Soft

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Bounce


Fan

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Aligned, texts on mouseover

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Misaligned, fixed texts


Flip

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Vertical

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Horizontal

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Compressed


Grid & movements

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Soft

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Bounce


Hypnosis

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Circles

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Squares


Liquid

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Square


Scrolling strip

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Horizontal & gradient

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Vertical


Logo & squares

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Random

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Left to right


I Love

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With frame

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No frame


Mirror

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Fade

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Disappearance


Zoom

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Slow


Rosacea

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Simple

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Gradient, 3 levels


Rotate / Sparse click

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Horizontal

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Vertical


Slideshow

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Fade

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Curtain

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Narrowing

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Fast Vertical Curtain

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Fast Curtain Up


Slideshow & Texts on movement

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Fade


Slideshow & thumbs

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Chips & texts

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Squares, texts on mouseover

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Squares apart


Split text scale / rotate

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Letters and fade

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Words and fade


Split text wave

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Letters and fade

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Words and fade


Split text colors

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Letters and curtain

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words and fade


Split text blurred

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Letters and curtain

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Words and fade


Split text

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Falling


Split text Typewriter (typed)

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Letters and fade

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Words and fade


Split text skew

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Fade


Split text Typewriter

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Fade


Blurred text

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Curtain


Wall

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Horizontal texts after zoom

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Vertical texts before zoom


Random zoom

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Slow

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Texts on mouseover

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Texts in movement

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Thumbs

Integration into my website

How is the compatibility with web platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, Google Site or others?
You integrate your animation in a very standard way, by inserting an <iframe> tag into your web page. Most web hosting providers (WordPress, Joomla, Google Sites, Blogger, Drupal...) allow to integrate this kind of HTML tag into your pages, sometimes in an indirect way.
Please read our Integration page, which gives you the procedure to follow for these platforms.
Generally, the integration is achieved by accessing the HTML code of your web page (on-line text editors often propose an 'HTML' button), and by inserting the special HTML code given by LoxiaStudio for your animation.
How to remove the LoxiaStudio watermark?
Our LoxiaStudio logo est displayed on every free animation.
To remove this watermak, you have to choose a paying offer. Log in your account, go to the 'My animations' page, click on your free animation, then on the 'Remove logo' button. Choose a hosting duration. As soon as the payment is processed, this watermark automatically disappears.
If you have created an animation without LoxiaStudio account, you have to use the following URL in order to select another offer:
http://www.loxiastudio.com/buy.php?uc=[xxx] where [xxx] has to be replaced by your real animation reference.
How to host myself my animation?
This requires some basic technical knowledges.
First, you need to download your animation (only available with our Premium Plus offer, or a Liberty package) which is delivered as a compressed file. After having uncompressed it, you will upload all included files into a new directory of your web server, using a FTP client software, such as FilleZilla. If you want to host several LoxiaStudio animations, you will have to create as many directories.
In the web page where your hosted animation has to be displayed, you just need to modify the integration code given by LoxiaStudio, by replacing the source attribute of the <iframe> tag with the relative path of the main file of your animation. For instance, if your animation's reference is 'pito', you would upload all uncompressed files into a directory named 'pito', and you will then specify the path 'pito/pito.html' for the source attribute.
Which files do I get when downloading my animation?
When you download your animation (after having paid a Premium Plus offer or a Liberty package), you get a compressed ZIP file, containing a main HTML file, some javascript files, your pictures in several sizes, and eventually some fonts and icons files. You will also find an example HTML file showing different integration ways, dynamic or static, with varying sizes.
So, neither animated GIF, nor .swf Adobe Flash © file.
Click here to download a sample .zip file containing a very simple free animation.
Is it possible to embed the animation in an email?
Generally no. For security concerns, the messaging softwares restrict the editing and authoring capabilities, and very few of them allow the insertion of an <iframe> tag. In case your software of messaging would allow it, the addressees of your emails would not to be able to read them, if they use another software.
Can my animation be played without internet?
Yes, once downloaded (Premium Plus offer and Liberty package). It will work perfectly on a disconnected screen, for instance in the front window of a store.

Prices and packages

Do I have to create an account before using the service?
No. We do not want to force you to give an email address for accessing our services. Without account, you will be able to create as many animations as you want, but once saved, they will not be updatable anymore.
By creating an account, you get a permanent access to all your animations, for modifying them as often as you want. To create an account, we just need an email address and a password, that's all! And don't worry, we do not spam.
Have the animations to be paid or can I use them free?
You can use them free, with our LoxiaStudio logo as a watermark, in the right bottom corner. Your free animations are then usable for a 6 months period, which can be renewed as many times as you want. When the 6 months period expires, you have to revalidate free of charge your animation (account needed!), so that it becomes again usable for 6 additional months. You can thus keep this free use as long as you want, and for as many animations as you want.
In order to remove our watermark, you have to pay for a yearly offer (paying hosting or Liberty package).
Free or paid, your animations remain updatable at will (provided you created an account).
Why do I not find my free animations anymore in my account?
To avoid to overload our servers with forgotten free animations, we delete the free animations which expired for more than 3 months.
The paid animations are never automatically removed, even though their hosting period has expired.
What are the paying offers?
You may buy your animations one by one, choosing a hosting period of 1, 2 or 3 years. When ever you want, you can renew the previous offer, or choose another one, if you wish to lengthen the hosting duration.
You may also prefer our 'Liberty' package, which let you create and manage as many animations as you want for a fixed price! This yearly subscription is not automatically renewed and you can cancel it when you want. We do not propose automatic bank direct debit, so you will have to renew this package each year by yourself. In case of forgetting or of delay, don't panic: your animations will not be deleted before several months!
Note: only the 'Liberty' package and the 'Premium Plus' offer (3-years hosting) let you download your animations.
How to buy an animation?
First create your animation by selecting one of our many models, customizing it with your images, texts and settings. Your animation will be saved under our free offer ('Basic' offer with our logo) and you will be able to integrate it already into your web page.
At that point, you may also choose a paying offer, choosing a hosting duration of 1, 2 or 3 years, or you may select our 'Liberty' package (unlimited number of animations). With your LoxiaStudio account, you will be able to change your choices later, by selecting other offers (for removing the watermarks, or access a longer hosting duration).
Only credit cards will be accepted for the payment, via HiPay or PayPal secured platforms (with or without PayPal account).
How to extend the hosting duration of my animation?
All our offers can be renewed one month before term.
If you purchased a 'Liberty' package, you just have to renew your package to extend of one year the hosting duration of all your animations.
I do not use my 'Liberty' package anymore. If I do not renew it, what will happen to my animations?
Your animations authored within a 'Liberty' package are usable until it expires. If you do not renew the subscription, your animations will not be removed before several months. They will just be displayed with a special watermark, indicating they have expired. You may then extend their validity by choosing for each one another offer, free (with our logo) or paying with a 1, 2 or 3 years hosting.
Has my customer, for whom I authored some animations, the ability to extend the validity periods by himself?
Yes. When an animation has exceeded its hosting term, your customer may renew its validity by clicking simply on the animation itself: he will then be redirected to our offers page and will be able to achieve the payment himself, without need to create any account, nor being allowed to see anything concerning your own account.
You can also supply him from the beginning this URL so that he can renew his hostings periods without waiting for expiry dates: http://www.loxiastudio.com/buy.php?uc=[xxx] where [xxx] has to be replaced by a real animation reference.

Animation editor

What are the thumbnails on the left side?
Every animation is decomposed into 'scenes', constituted most of the time by images and by texts, corresponding to the stages of display of the animation. These scenes are presented in the left part of the screen in the form of numbered thumbnails. To change the scenes order, drag and drop a thumbnail onto its new position. A scene can be duplicated by clicking on the '+', and deleted with then 'x' (these 2 buttons are displayed when hovering each thumbnail).
For some animation models, scenes may be fixed (their number is shown in red) and thus they cannot be neither moved, nor duplicated, nor removed.
How to add a new scene?
You can add a scene by duplicating an existing scene: when hovering the thumbnail of the scene to be duplicated, click the button '+'. Note that in some models, some scenes cannot be duplicated and in this case, the button '+' is not proposed when hovering.
How to change an image?
Click first on the scene which image has to be changed. Then click on the button "Choose an image" on the right settings panel, and select an image file from your local drives. The picture is automatically adjusted in size for filling the animation. You can enlarge it by using the 'Size' slider (minimum 100%). You can move the visible part with your mouse directly onto the image. When you save your animation, all images are automatically cropped and optimized for multi-resolutions, in order to lighten the total weight of the animation.
What dimensions is it necessary to specify?
All our animations can be displayed in 'responsive design' mode, that is their dimensions and their content can adapt themselves automatically to their container, within your web page. The width and height that you will specify are mainly used to define the proportions of your animation (square, horizontal or vertical rectangle...).
On the other hand, the specified dimensions are necessary to know the maximum size planned for your animation. When you save an animation, the too big images are automatically recut to keep only the visible part. The more the specified dimensions are small, the more your animation will be light and thus fast to be loaded and displayed, but it will be necessary to watch not to display it bigger than planned, otherwise your images will seem pixelized.
You can modify the dimensions of an animation at any time, even after saving. If you enlarge these dimensions after saving, think of reloading all the images from your local drives to restore their original quality.
Why is the main display of my animation bigger than the specified dimensions?
The editor is just a workspace and we believe that it is not because you are authoring an animation of small dimensions that you have to use a magnifying glass to adjust exactly your elements. So, we prefer to use all available space in your browser window for a more comfortable work session.
If you wish to check the final rendering with the real specified dimensions, click on the 'Global' tab, and then on 'Click here to display it in full size ...×....'.
Can I apply font styles on my texts?
Yes. Generally, the main texts (titles, descriptions...) can be styled with various attributes (bold, italic, fonts, colors...). When allowed, the attributes panel is automatically displayed. This toolbar let you apply the following styles: bold, italic, underlined, superscript, left/center/right alignment, text color, background color, font name, font size, margins.
Please note that choosing several different fonts within a same animation can increase significantly its weight, since each font takes between 70 kB and 150 kB, except the 4 first ones ('arial', 'serif', 'tahoma' and 'verdana') which are already managed by your browser and thus do not need to download additional data.
How to place precisely the movable elements?
In order to easily place a kind of element at the same position in all scenes (the titles for example), the positioning is made by step of 5 %. For a more precise positioning, press the Shift or Control key while dragging the element.
A link specified in one of my animation's scenes do not work. Why?
You have to prefix your absolut links with "http://" or "https://". If these prefixes are not supplied, your web browser will evaluate them as relative links within your own domain name.
What is a 'javascript' link?
This kind of link let you call a javascript function inside the page in which your animation will be embedded. These links will only work if you upload your animation on your own web server, with the other pages of your web site.

User licence

Do I have the right to sell my animations?
Yes. Your creations are free of rights. Their use can be of private or commercial order. Except the costs of hosting on our servers, no royalty is due.
Do I have the right to reuse the images included in the LoxiaStudio models?
Yes. The embedded images of our models are also free of rights.