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Nice No Images Looping Loaders Effect

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Nice No Images Looping Loaders Effect
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Sonic is a small (~3k minified) JS “class” you can use to create custom loading animations. It works best with looping animations — i.e. a snake that’s trying to eat its own tail.

Sonic uses the HTML5 <canvas> element/API. It works by drawing a shape (by default a 6px square) at tiny intervals along a pre-defined path. You can define the path using the functions: arc, bezier and line.

A really basic example is a square (four lines):

var square = new Sonic({
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    fillColor: '#000',
    path: [
        ['line', 10, 10, 90, 10],
        ['line', 90, 10, 90, 90],
        ['line', 90, 90, 10, 90],
        ['line', 10, 90, 10, 10]

You don’t have to make up the path with a series of tiny squares though. You can do whatever you want. Another step function that comes with Sonic is fader, which draws interconnecting paths along the main path. This in combination with an arc works quite well:

var circle = new Sonic({
    width: 50,
    height: 50,
    padding: 50,
    strokeColor: '#000',
    pointDistance: .01,
    stepsPerFrame: 3,
    trailLength: .7,
    step: 'fader',
    setup: function() {
        this._.lineWidth = 5;
    path: [
        ['arc', 25, 25, 25, 0, 360]

You can also define your own step function. This is really what I would recommend since the default ones (fader and square) are somewhat limited.

You might be thinking that I should have called it Snake instead of Sonic, but really, there are so many possibilities that Snake wouldn’t have made sense.

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