I find that the Export of Manipuate contains backforward play, see a simplified example:

  Plot[Sin[2 x + φ], {x, 0, 10}], {φ, 0, 2 π}]]

You can see the problem in the SWF file.

Is there any simple way to get a animation with only forward play?

Note that the problem in the the Export command. Indeed, Manipulate does the job (no need to specify AnimationDirection -> Forward).

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    Apr 29, 2015 at 19:26
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    – Michael E2
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    – Michael E2
    Apr 29, 2015 at 20:58

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The easiest way (I think) is to set bookmarks. Then Export will interpolate between them.

  Plot[Sin[2*x + φ], {x, 0, 10}],
  {{φ, 5.2308285471612335}, 0, 2*Pi},
   Bookmarks -> 
   {"start" :> {φ = 0.}, 
    "stop" :> {φ = 2. Pi}}]]

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ Tanks a lot @Michael E2! That's amazing ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Tatayoyo
    Apr 29, 2015 at 21:14
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    – yode
    Feb 15, 2022 at 5:13

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