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jQuery Plugin: rotate3Di - Flip HTML content in 3D

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jQuery Plugin: rotate3Di - Flip HTML content in 3D
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Rotate3Di is a jQuery Effect Plugin that makes it possible to do an isometric 3D flip or 3D rotation of any HTML content. It also enables custom 3D rotation animations. CSS Transforms are used to create this visual "3D" isometric effect. Supported browsers are WebKit, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox 3.5. The plugin's functionality includes: setting or animating HTML content to an arbitrary isometric rotation angle, as well as flipping, unflipping, or toggling the flip state of an object.

Getting Started

In order to use the rotate3Di jQuery plugin, your web page will need to include jQuery v1.2.6 or newer,, the jQuery CSS Transform patch, and the rotate3Di plugin itself

<script type="text/javascript" src="rotate3Di-0.9/jquery-1.3.2.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="rotate3Di-0.9/jquery-css-transform.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="rotate3Di-0.9/rotate3Di-0.9.js"></script>

Rotate3Di can then be used like other jQuery Effects:

$('#rot-ex').rotate3Di(180, 3000);


Statically Setting a Rotation Angle

Rotate3Di can be used to statically set the isometric rotation angle of an object.



Animating to a Rotation Angle

Rotate3Di can animate an object to any angle of rotation about the isometric Y axis. Click the image to see the rotation animated. Note that once the animation has finished, the object will be at a 180 degree angle to the Y axis already, thus repeat clicks will have no effect.


$('#ex2').click(function () {$(this).rotate3Di(180, 1000);});

Animating Relative Degrees of Rotation

Rotate3Di can animate the rotation of an object through any number of degrees of rotation about the isometric Y axis. Click the image to see the animated rotation, this time by -180 degrees (thus, counterclockwise rotation). Click the image additional times to rotate by the same amount again and again.


$('#ex3').click(function () {$(this).rotate3Di('-=180', 1000);});

Flip, Unflip, and Toggle Shortcuts

With rotate3Di, it is possible to flip, unflip, or toggle the flip state of an object without specifying numerical degree values.


// Two things to note here:
//     1. We use .stop() to prevent the "buildup" of animations
//     2. We capture the hover event on a different element than the one we
//        rotate so that the hover-out isn't triggered if the rotation of the
//        element moves it out from under the user's mouse pointer.
    function () {$(this).find('p').stop().rotate3Di('flip', 500);},
    function () {$(this).find('p').stop().rotate3Di('unflip', 500);}

$('#ex5').click(function () {$(this).rotate3Di('toggle', 1000);});
$('#ex6').click(function () {
    $(this).rotate3Di('toggle', 1000, {direction: 'clockwise'});

Using Callback Functions for Side Change and Animation Completion

Using the callback function options available with rotate3Di, you can take action as your object reveals its front and back sides during rotation, as well as take action when your animation has completed. Click this example to animate it.


function mySideChange(front) {
    if (front) {
        $(this).css('background', '#f0f');
    } else {
        $(this).css('background', '#0f0');

function myComplete() {
    $('#ex7').css('backgroundColor', '#f00');

$('#ex7').click(function () {
            sideChange: mySideChange,
            complete: myComplete