Assignment #7: Animation

In addition to making more maps available, computers have also made it possible to create new and better maps – maps that were impossible to make by hand. Interaction with maps has been one of the major benefits of the computer. Another change is the incorporation of various forms of animation, including the simple sequenced display of maps. Animated maps are typically used to show change over time but there are a variety of other applications. For example, animating a series of 3-D maps creates a terrain flyover where the map changes to give the impression of flying over an area. Virtual reality takes this a step further by quickly generating a series of scenes that simulate a real landscape to the point that the user begins to orient themselves within this artificial environment. The Internet has made it possible to distribute these new map products to a large audience. The purpose here is to introduce a simple form of animation with the animated GIF.


1) Make an animation using at least 20 frames from this website:

DON'T USE FIREFOX TO SAVE IMAGES. Use Safari or Chrome to save the maps. Firefox does not have a "Save image as" option on these webpages. Select your own line of latitude and background image and check the "no night" box. Space your longitudes equally.

Save all images to a folder and number sequentially.

2) Use imgflip to create the animation.

a) Upload images and change the Delay setting to a smaller number.

b) Change the quality and add some text.

c) Click on the Private option and download the image.

3) Upload to your webspace and link from your index page.


Example spinning globe animations:

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3

Aaron Kruse's Summer/Winter Solstice