R2SWF v0.9-2


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Convert R Graphics to Flash Animations

Using the 'Ming' library <http://www.libming.org/> to create Flash animations. Users can either use the 'SWF' device swf() to generate 'SWF' file directly through plotting functions like plot() and lines(), or convert images of other formats ('SVG', 'PNG', 'JPEG') into 'SWF'.



This is an R package to convert R graphics to Flash file (SWF format). The conversion can be done in two different ways:

  1. This package contains a SWF device in R, so you can create SWF file directly using plotting functions like plot() and lines(). The convention is that every time you call a high-level plotting function, e.g. plot(), the movie will create a new frame and draw the following shapes in this frame. In this way, you can create some animation by calling a series of plot() functions.
  2. This package also includes several functions to convert graphics of other formats into SWF format. For example, svg2swf() to convert from SVG to SWF, and image2swf() to convert PNG and JPG images into a single SWF file.


R2SWF depends on the following libraries:

The source code of libming is included in R2SWF, and you need to install the other three by yourself.

For Debian/Ubuntu users, the command to install dependent libraries is

sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev libpng12-dev libfreetype6-dev

For rpm based systems (e.g. Fedora), try to run

sudo yum install zlib-devel libpng-devel freetype-devel


In the first example, we first create 20 images using png() function, and then convert them into a single SWF file R2SWF-ex1.swf.

## Creating png files
png("image-png-%03d.png", 480, 300)
x = seq(0, 2 * pi, length.out = 20)
cols = rainbow(20)
for(i in 1:20) plot(x[i], sin(x[i]), xlim = c(0, 2 * pi), ylim = c(-1, 1),
                    col = cols[i], pch = 16, cex = 2, main = "PNG => SWF")

## Obtain the filenames
pngfiles = sprintf("image-png-%03d.png", 1:20)

## Convert to SWF
image2swf(pngfiles, "R2SWF-ex1.swf", interval = 0.3)

Using svg2swf is pretty similar, except that the output animation contains vector graphics.

## Do similar things as above
svg("image-svg-%03d.svg", 8, 5)
x = seq(0, 2 * pi, length.out = 20)
cols = rainbow(20)
for(i in 1:20) plot(x[i], sin(x[i]), xlim = c(0, 2 * pi), ylim = c(-1, 1),
                    col = cols[i], pch = 16, cex = 2, main = "SVG => SWF")
svgfiles = sprintf("image-svg-%03d.svg", 1:20)

## Convert to SWF
svg2swf(svgfiles, "R2SWF-ex2.swf", interval = 0.3)

The third example shows how to use the SWF device to create (rather than converting) SWF file directly.

x = rnorm(5)
y = rnorm(5)
for(i in 1:100) {
    plot(x <- x + 0.1 * rnorm(5), y <- y + 0.1 * rnorm(5),
         xlim = c(-3, 3), ylim = c(-3, 3), col = "steelblue",
         pch = 16, cex = 2, xlab = "x", ylab = "y")
    title("Brownian Motion")

In general, when using the SWF device, high-level plotting functions (e.g. plot()) will advance the movie by one frame, and low-level functions (lines(), text(), etc.) are effective only to the current frame.

Functions in R2SWF

Name Description
dev2swf Convert R graphics to SWF using different graphics devices
file2swf Convert image files to SWF
image2swf Convert bitmap images to SWF
svg2swf Convert a sequence of SVG files to SWF file
swf SWF graphics device
swf2html Embed the SWF file into an HTML page
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Date 2017-08-31
Copyright see file COPYRIGHTS
License GPL-2
SystemRequirements zlib, libpng, FreeType
URL https://github.com/yixuan/R2SWF
BugReports https://github.com/yixuan/R2SWF/issues
RoxygenNote 6.0.1
NeedsCompilation yes
Packaged 2017-09-01 01:20:31 UTC; dell
Repository CRAN
Date/Publication 2017-09-01 03:23:15 UTC

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