Ask-a-Geek: Answers to Frequently asked API and Mobile Questions (6 Part Series)
I really want to try to add some 3d animations to my iOS and Android mobile app built with Titanium SDK. Specifically, I am trying to recreate the Star Wars intro with the scrolling text for May the 4th. I need it to work on both iOS and Android so any guidance you can give me would be very helpful!
— TITANIUM PADAWAN
Do or do not. There is no try! 😃🤓
Titanium Mobile SDK supports all sorts of animations and since today is May the 4th, I will do you one better and not only show you how to do the animations BUT ALSO provide you with the code you need to recreate the Star Wars intro in Titanium Mobile for BOTH iOS and Android!
If you are in a hurry, you can jump to the solution where I provide the source code for a working Titanium app for both iOS and Android, but I encourage you to look at some of the explanations below to help understand what the code is doing.
There are couple things to understand about animations and the differences in the underlying platforms (iOS and Android). iOS supports 3D Matrix type animations whereas Android only supports 2D Matrix animations. That doesn't mean that we can't do what you are looking for. It just means we need to use different functions for each. Here are some of the most common classes/properties used with animating a view.
Titanium.UI.Matrix3D- Apply a 3D Matrix to a view in iOS
Titanium.UI.Matrix2D- Apply a 2D Matrix to a view in iOS and Android
Ti.UI.Animation- Apply one or more animations to any view in iOS and Android.
rotationX- Property available on every Android view that allows rotation around x-axis
rotationY- Property available on every Android view that allows rotation around y-axis
Star Wars Intro, We only need one view and controller.
There are 3 basic views that we are creating:
- The blue text that starts with "A long time ago in a galaxy..."
- The title (May the 4th 2020 -- for this app)
- The yellow text that scrolls up and back
Everything else is pretty much just the standard, default app that you get when you create a new cross-platform native mobile app using Titanium!
starwars.xml will be used to define the views that we will need to create for this. Notice that some of the views are hidden (visibility = false) so that they can be shown later in the sequence.
You can find the code for a complete working mobile application for iOS and Android that includes the Star Wars intro here! Enjoy and May the 4th be with you always!!
May the 4th be with you always! - Star Wars intro for iOS and Android mobile app
May the 4th be with you!
How do I add the Star Wars intro to my iOS and Android mobile apps?
I really want to try to add some 3D animations to my iOS and Android mobile app built with Titanium SDK. Specifically, I am trying to recreate the Star Wars intro with the scrolling text for May the 4th. I need it to work on both iOS and Android so any guidance you can give me would be very helpful!
— TITANIUM PADAWAN
Read the accompanying blog post that talks about using Titanium to build a Star Wars intro in a cross-platform native mobile app for iOS and Android.
Demo video of mobile app with Star Wars intro
You can find the code for a complete working mobile application for iOS and Android that includes the Star Wars intro here! Enjoy and May…
|About Brenton House|
|With 25 years of experience in the development world, Brenton House leads Developer Relations for Axway's API and mobile products, He has worked closely with many clients across various industries including broadcasting, advertising, retail, financial services, transportation, publishing, supply chain, and non-profits. Brenton's passion for everything API and mobile combined with his strategy and design experience, has enabled him to help developers create captivating products that inspire and delight audiences.|
Ask-a-Geek questions are answered by Brenton House, an API and Mobile geek who has been doing dev work for 25+ years.