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Reset the starting position of an array of elements after staggerTo() is called

Blake test
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Hi there! I'm trying to reset the starting position of an array of elements when I replay my main timeline animation. I've tried using TweenMax.set to set the original state of each element but I'm not having much luck.


 var txtEffect = ["#w", "#s", "#r2", "#e", "#n", "#o2", "#v", "#l2", "#r1",  "#a2", "#l1", "#u", "#l3", "#a1", "#o1", "#f1", "#f2" ];

    function showTxt() {
    tlTxtEffect = new TimelineMax({
            paused: false,
    // wind effect 
    tlTxtEffect.staggerTo(txtEffect, 3.75, {
        cycle: {
                return Math.random() * 300
            left: function(){
                return Math.random() * -700 
            scale: function(){
                return Math.random() * 2 
            rotationX: function(){
                return Math.random() * 20 
            rotation: function(){
                return Math.random() * -360 
            }, 0.03);


Thanks in advance,

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Hey guys, just solved the problem by using the below code in my replay function:

// resets the letters in the wind effect to their start position
tlTxtEffect.pause(0, true);

I can't believe how easy the solution was and that is why I LOVE GSAP. It was great to learn a few things along the path to this solution, but I'm literally smiling ear to ear with how easy it is to reset a complex series on animations. It's sorcery I tell ya :)


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The animation wasn't running when I called .set(). When I called .set() it wasn't able to properly reset all of the starting positions/properties the way I needed it to. It would have been a lot of work to set each individual element of my array back to the starting points. Thankfully the .pause() function saved the day by doing a lot of the heavy lifting.

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problem was solved a lot easier than adding any other functions. it was good to research potential solutions and learn, but it was even better to discover how easy the solution was by simply using .pause() to reset/replay my timeline.

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