Amazing Flutter Animation Packages

Flutter and animations now go hand in hand.

Flutter Apps built using Flutter animation libraries are drawing the highest attention and are in the hot debates nowadays. The reason, some may find the additional animation packages over built-in animation widgets as an overload to the Flutter app. In contrast, others think that it is an integral part of an application. What is your view over the animation in a Flutter mobile application? Animation helps in making the Flutter application more sophisticated, pleasant-looking, and interactive. It gives the app users a feeling that they are interacting in real and makes them feel connected with the application. The prima facie of what we conclude by adding Animations to your Flutter app, you are refining your user experience and improving the app quality. Animation can be used for anything, be it to notify users about their actions or create some visual effect. In this blog, we will talk about how you can effortlessly add the Flutter animation packages and make your app look rich and powerful.

Animations are a must in an app. Why? Because it is no longer a decorating element but a functional element of an app. It shows the journey of users from one tab to another and exemplifies the usability, utility, and desirability of the application. Animation in Flutter application is like an icing on the cake. Flutter itself is famous for developing cross-platform applications for web and desktop, and animation packages will just make it more complete.

Now, we will explore the animation libraries which you can use in your Flutter application. Have a look…

Animations:

Recently published on Feb’18,2020, by Flutter.dev is gaining all eyes in the Flutter community. It allows you to customize animations based on your content and provides some pre-canned animations with delightful effects. It simplest the animation process allowing developers to include implicit-like and explicit-like animation.

You can install this animation package from the command line with Flutter,
$ flutter pub get

Or, you can import the same in your Dart code using,
$import 'package:animations/animations.dart';

Flutter_Staggered_animations :

Flutter staggered animations was released on 4th September 2019 by mobiten.com. It allows you to add staggered animations to the ListView, GridView, Column, and Row children. To install this animation package, add this package as a dependency in the pubspec.yaml file by typing,

dependencies:
flutter_staggered_animations: "^0.1.2"

Or, you can import the package in the code file by typing,

import
'package:flutter_staggered_animations/flutter_staggered_animations.dart';

Amazing Flutter Animation Packages
Amazing Flutter Animation Packages
Amazing Flutter Animation Packages

Note: Image references taken from GitHub.

Simple Animations:

Imagine creating beautiful custom animations in a jiffy!! Simple Animations released on 31st March 2019, by Felix-blaschke.de simplifies this task of creating animations in Flutter applications. It is a fully tested, well documented, and enterprise-ready animation package allowing the developers to create custom animations in stateless widgets. The handful of information covered in the document will drive towards the animation itself, and you would love creating one all by yourself.

You can animate multiple properties on the go and create staggered animations within seconds. Simple Animations is designed keeping type-safety in mind, and you can add the dependency by typing,

import ‘package:simple_animations/simple_animations.dart’;

You can install the package by typing the following in the command line,

$ flutter pub get

Explore this amazing flutter animation package and find out how beautifully it can transform your application.

Loading animations:

Another great animation library was released on 9th September 2019. Loading animation is again a simple but highly customizable set of loading animation which you can use for flutter app development company. You can find the official link by clicking here. For installation of this animation package, type, the following in the pubspec.yaml file.

dependencies:
...
loading_animations: "^2.1.0"

Further, import this file in your project,

import 'package:loading_animations/loading_animations.dart';

Loading animations allow you to add flipping, rotating, double flipping, bouncing grid, filling, fading line, bouncing line, and more into your application.

Flutter Animation Packages
Flutter Animation Packages
Flutter Animation Packages
Flutter Animation Packages

Lottie:

A great Flutter package that provides native feel on Android, as well as iOS, is Lottie. It was released on 31st January 2020, and you can find the official link to the site here. It is a mobile library for Android and iOS, which breaks down the Adobe After Effects animation. The library functions effectively on Android, iOS, and macOS. The only shortcoming of this library is that it is relatively new; hence, it doesn’t provide extensive documentation or efficient performance.

Flutter Animation Libraries

Flutter Sequence Animation:

How painless would it become when you do not have to use intervals or calculate percentages for your total animation time? Yes, the Flutter Sequence Animation package allows you to chain several animations. It was first released on 9th June 2018, and you can find the official link here.

The Flutter Sequence Animation package allows you to animate several variables with multiple animatables, and you only need one AnimationController.

You can install this animation library by typing,

dependencies:
flutter_sequence_animation: "^3.0.0"

Or

dependencies:
flutter_sequence_animation: "^2.0.0"

Then type,

$ flutter packages get
And then,
import 'package:flutter_sequence_animation/flutter_sequence_animation.dart';

This package is released by Norbert Kozsir. You will admire the intuitive experience it delivers to the audience.

best animation packages for Flutter
best animation packages for Flutter
Flutter Animation Libraries

Flare Flutter:

Another fantastic animation package available on the list is Flare Flutter. It is relatively old and was released on 6th December 2018 by Rive.app. This animation package depends on flare_dart, and you can easily install it by adding flare_flutter in the pubspec.yaml file.
Type,

dependencies:
flare_flutter: ^2.0.3

Further, install it by typing the following in the command line:

$ flutter pub get

You can import it in the Dart code by typing the following,

import 'package:flare_flutter/asset_provider.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/cache.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/cache_asset.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/flare.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/flare_actor.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/flare_cache.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/flare_cache_asset.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/flare_cache_builder.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/flare_controller.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/flare_controls.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/flare_render_box.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/flare_testing.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/provider/asset_flare.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/provider/memory_flare.dart';
import 'package:flare_flutter/trim_path.dart';

Sa Stateless animation:

A subset of Simple Animation Framework, Sa Stateless animation, was released on 15th April 2020 by felix blaschke.de. It allows developers to create custom animations using simple widgets. You no more have to struggle with the stateful widgets and AnimationControllers and can have beautiful animations within seconds.

You can use this package as a library and add it to your package’s pubspec.yaml file by typing the following.

dependencies:
sa_stateless_animation: ^1.0.1

Further, install the package by typing the following in the command line,

$ flutter pub get

Also, you can import it in your Dart code by typing,

import
'package:sa_stateless_animation/sa_stateless_animation.dart

Sprung:

Sprung animation package has an easy learning curve that can drive your application’s animation. It has less code to write and uses real physics equations. This framework was created by Luke Pighetti and released back in Dec’2018.

To add this animation package, type the following in your pubspec.yaml.file

dependencies:
sprung: ^1.1.0+11

To install the same, type the following in the command line,
$ flutter pub get

Now you can import it in your Dart code by tying the following,
import 'package:sprung/sprung.dart';

Flutter Animation Libraries

Bonus option:


Circular Reveal animation:

An exclusive animation option just for you! Circular Reveal animation was released on 16th May 2019. It is available as a Flutter widget and inspired by Android’s ViewAnimationUtils.createCircularReveal(...).

For adding this animation package to your project, type the following in your pubspec.yaml file:

dependencies:
circular_reveal_animation: ^1.1.5

You can install it by typing the following command line.
$ flutter pub get

Further, import the same in your Dart code by typing,

import 'package:circular_reveal_animation/circular_reveal_animation.dart';

Tweener:

Well, we love to add a surprise element for you. Tweener was released on 18th July’2019, and it is created by Flutterkit. It is a very light-weight package, easy to learn and execute. For getting started with Tweener, you need to add the following dependencies in the project.

dependencies:
tweener: ^1.1.0

Type the following command to install packages:
$ flutter pub get

You also need to import it in your Dart code.
import 'package:tweener/tweener.dart';

There you are, ready with the package.

Conclusion:


Animations have become a necessity to ensure maximum user retention. Having said that, it is not easy to implement Animation as we say. It becomes quite taxing to identify the best animations libraries for our project and execute them in the app. No doubt, animations delights users in every possible way and compels them to explore the Flutter application further. Flutter is a mature cross-platform app development framework having a wide range of community supporters. And animations in the Flutter app enriches the app experience. Flutter app development companies in the USA and across are loving the experience the app delivers to the audience. It is the right time to switch to Flutter because Flutter is the future.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
blog Author - kodytechnolab

Sagar Bagsariya

Principal Mobile App Developer


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