I need to create a set of animated 2D diagrams to illustrate plumbing and how a heating system functions with water flows, heating elements, pumps, etc.
I have experience of Illustrator and Photoshop, but I imagine that animating a sequence will be very labour intensive by creating a frame at a time, especially as some systems have a lot happening.
The animations are to be used on the web and perhaps sent in emails, so I'm thinking the easiest export would be an animated GIF.
What software is out there (ideally free/ low cost at the start to get me going) that would be suitable for animating heating and water flow around a plumbing system?
If possible I'd like to:
- set key points and have the software animate between them, such as warm water creeping along a pipe, so I don't have to do 30 different stages myself
- have a file that can be edited in the future in case the diagram needs to show a change to the heating system
- if temperatures could automatically climb or decrease by set amounts between certain animation frames (e.g. 30 degrees at frame 20 climbing to 50 degrees at frame 60)
- export as a GIF
- export as responsive HTML5 animation