We've had books with pictures in them for hundreds of years. With modern computing powers we can move from static pictures in our PDF documents to dynamic animations and tell a more compelling and understandable story like in this Project Draco example (you may need to download it to see the animation in action and use Adobe Reader X or newer).
As we can see in the video above, there are things to consider when authoring a document with animated figures:
Of course there are other things to consider when creating animated figures:
In a work of entertainment, like a comic book, publishers may be more free with including animations. When publishing an academic paper or instructional document, beyond showing an animation, here are some of the best places to use an animated figure:
You can read more about this research and follow our instructions if you want to try it out. Happy publishing!