Reinventing Fire Technology upside down and backwards

October 24, 2007

Grafox: An SVG Extension for Firefox

Filed under: Browsers,SVG — Magister @ 10:58 pm

Well, today is my birthday, so I’m giving you all a present. I’m finally releasing my Grafox extension, which extends Firefox’s native SVG functionality. I’ve gotten quite a lot of requests for this, which strikes me as odd, since I haven’t promoted it much at all. I’ll also note that Holger Will also has a Zoom & Pan extension that is quite good.

Grafox adds zoom and pan controls, and support for text-wrapping, editable text, and declarative animation, among other things. And at this stage, it adds them all badly. I’m releasing it now not because it’s stable (in fact, it was more stable a few versions ago), but because it’s unlikely to get stable bit-rotting on my harddrive, and I’ll be more inspired if I have an audience. I’m also releasing it as an open source project, in a sense… anyone can take any piece of it they need, and more importantly, anyone can submit patches or feature requests. I’m hoping that by the time Firefox 3.0 hits the wire, Grafox will be stable and functional.

The permanent home for it will be on my Grafox page. Try it out, and let me know what you think.


  1. Happy Birthday, and thanks for the gift.

    Comment by Rob — October 26, 2007 @ 8:20 am

  2. I’m glad you released the plugin, even if it’s still in alpha state. I got pretty curious since your SVG Open 2007 paper:

    Happy birthday! :-)

    Helder Magalhães

    Comment by Helder Magalhães — November 15, 2007 @ 6:34 am

  3. Awesome, I been hoping for a declarative animation solution for firefox as they seem to be falling behind other browsers in implementing it.

    Thank you, as we get closer to nov 2008 I hope to be sending you people for the plug in to be able to see the animation on this site.

    Comment by Wayne — December 4, 2007 @ 12:31 am

  4. […] See reinventing fire for details — what this does it bridge across browsers with adobe pluggin for SVG, opera, and safari browsers to provide a single method that can be used to do animation with SVG. What excites me about this method is it allows content to be created using server side scripting to include the animation. […]

    Pingback by » Blog Archive » Grafox Declarative Animation for SVG solution — December 4, 2007 @ 1:00 am

  5. This looks great, thank you for releasing it. Where might one post issues/patches?

    Comment by Sam Wilson — January 8, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

  6. Version 0.1 was a great preview but it was somehow buggy. I read the “better to wait a few days for an update” and was wondering if one should try hacking the code to isolate issues and/or post (here?) any issues/patches as Sam Wilson suggested.

    Comment by Helder Magalhães — February 7, 2008 @ 5:43 am

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