Create an Animation Group

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This recipe shows how to create an animation that groups multiple animations together using Core Animation.


Follow these steps to create the animation:

  • Add an image named sample.png to the project with a Build Action of Content.
  • Add the following using directives:
using CoreAnimation
using CoreGraphics;
using Foundation;
  • In a UIViewController subclass, declare a CALayer class variable from the CoreAnimation namespace.
CALayer layer;
  • In ViewDidLoad method, create the layer and set its content to be the image.
layer = new CALayer ();
 layer.Bounds = new CGRect (0, 0, 50, 50);
 layer.Position = new CGPoint (100, 100);
 layer.Contents = UIImage.FromFile ("sample.png").CGImage;
 layer.ContentsGravity = CALayer.GravityResizeAspectFill;
  • Add the layer as a sub layer of the view’s layer.
View.Layer.AddSublayer (layer);
  • Override the ViewWillAppear method, add the following code to create the animations:
public override void ViewWillAppear (bool animated)
    base.ViewDidAppear (animated);

    //Creates basic moving animation
    var pt = layer.Position;
    layer.Position = new CGPoint (100, 300);
    var basicAnimation = CABasicAnimation.FromKeyPath ("position");
    basicAnimation.TimingFunction =
    basicAnimation.From = NSValue.FromCGPoint (pt);
    basicAnimation.To = NSValue.FromCGPoint (new CGPoint (100, 300));

    //Creates transformation animation
    layer.Transform = CATransform3D.MakeRotation ((float)Math.PI * 2, 0, 0, 1);
    var animRotate = (CAKeyFrameAnimation)CAKeyFrameAnimation.FromKeyPath ("transform");
    animRotate.Values = new NSObject[] {
        NSNumber.FromFloat (0f),
        NSNumber.FromFloat ((float)Math.PI / 2f),
        NSNumber.FromFloat ((float)Math.PI),
        NSNumber.FromFloat ((float)Math.PI * 2)};
    animRotate.ValueFunction = CAValueFunction.FromName (CAValueFunction.RotateX);

    //Adds the animations to a group, and adds the group to the layer
    var animationGroup = CAAnimationGroup.CreateAnimation ();
    animationGroup.Duration = 2;
    animationGroup.Animations = new CAAnimation[] { basicAnimation, animRotate };
    layer.AddAnimation (animationGroup, null);

Additional Information

The code creates 2 separate explicit animations. The first animation is a CABasicAnimation that animates the layer’s position. The second animation is a CAKeyFrameAnimation that rotates the layer. These animations are combined into a CAAnimationGroup that is added to the layer.

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