Facebook Paper is a relatively new standalone app that was released in early February. The premise was to create a new way to browse your friends status updates and catch up with major news items via a curated approach. Facebook has announced that they are making the animation engine behind the “Cards” approach open source for all mobile developers to employ in their apps.
The animation engine being employed by Facebook Paper comes from an acquisition they made back in 2011 with Push Pop Press. The animation engine is responsible for all of the transitions and animations displayed on Paper, including all scrolling, bouncing, and unfolding effects. The open source files should be available once Facebook starts their F8 conference that begins this Wednesday in San Francisco.
Currently Facebook Paper is exclusively available on the iPhone and only available to readers residing in the US. If you want to check out Paper in all of its glory, check out our review and guide on how to install it in other countries.