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Kite Compositor 1.7 – Animation and prototyping for macOS and iOS.

Appked/ Developer Tools, Featured/on 2017-10-23 15:28

Kite Compositor 1.7

Kite Compositor lets you visually drag-and-drop layers to build complex interfaces on a WYSIWYG canvas. Add animations and tune them with the integrated timeline. Use the built-in JavaScript scripting environment to enhance the detail of each interaction. Incorporate custom logic and behavior to achieve exactly what you need.

  • Timeline – The integrated smart timeline allows you to drag and edit animation durations and keyframes. Snap animation start and end times together for a precise, hand-tuned feel.
  • Inspector – A robust and powerful object inspector allows you to edit all of your layers’ properties in just a few clicks. Set colors, ajust animation curves, add CoreImage filters – all at the click of a mouse.
  • Library – Drag-and-drop layers and animations from the library to build your interface visually. Save reuseable layer hierarchies into your library for easy component reuse.
  • Design on Mac, View on iOS – Are you ready to get a sense of how your designs feel on an actual iOS device? Download the native companion app, Kite Compositor for iOS.
  • Import from Sketch – Easily import your designs from Sketch with Kite’s native import feature. Preserve editable bezier paths and text by importing your Sketch layers as native Kite layers.
  • Export – Share your designs by exporting a movie or gif recording of your animation.
  • Scriptable – Add sophisticated logic to your animations and interactions via the built-in JavaScript scripting engine. Query and make live edits to your running animation from the built-in JavaScript console. Fire animations, add new layers, change properties and much more.
  • Built on CoreAnimation – Kite was built from the ground up for Mac using macOS’s native CoreAnimation technology. CoreAnimation is one of the key underpinning graphics technologies on Mac and iOS that produces stunning animations at high framerates.


Version 1.7:

  • Support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Layer corner toggles so you can choose which corners of your layer are rounded
  • Ability to click-through overlaying layers during presentation playback to fire actions on layers underneath
  • A new template for the upcoming iPhone X
  • Changed: Added support for CALayer’s new maskedCorners property so you can choose which corners are rounded.
  • Changed: Added support for clicking through layers that overlay other layers during presentation. Now overlay layers won’t block actions on layers underneath them.
  • Bug fix: Fixes a bug where some properties of an Emitter Cell’s blue and alpha range values were’t getting saved properly.
  • Bug fix: Fixed a bug in Text Layer’s scripting interface where setting or getting the ‘string’ property wouldn’t return a string, but an NSAttributedString.
  • Bug fix: Fixed numerous crashes reported by users.


macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor