HowTo: Include animations in Mobile Smart Devices applications

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GeneXus allows integrating animations when developing Mobile Smart Devices applications, more specifically, Lottie animations.

Lottie is an animations library, created by Airbnb. It is highly flexible, allows creating any kind of animations, uses small files and provides a JSON API to integrate the animations in mobile applications. With these JSON files, we can include the animations in a GeneXus Knowledge Base. Many design software tools provide export capabilities to Lottie JSON format files. In addition, there are several animations repositories (like this one) where a lot of animations in JSON files can be downloaded.

Add animations to the KB

To include the animations in the Knowledge Base, we need to do two things:

1. Add the Lottie JSON files as a File object in the Knowledge Base.

Animations Files

2. Create Animation classes in the Theme

In the Smart Device Themes, there is a new classes category named "Animations." For each animation to be included in the KB, a new Animation class must be defined, setting "Lottie" in the Type property and setting the File object containing the Lottie JSON animation file in the File property.

Animation Class

After the class is created, the animation is ready to be included in the Smart Device application.

Include the animation in the application

Now that the animations are included the KB, we can proceed to integrate them in the application. There are four ways to make this integration:

1. Animation View User Control

Using the Animation View User Control, an animation can be included on any screen of a Smart Device application. The control provides methods that allow setting the animation and managing its execution and progress.

Animation View UC_1

Event ClientStart
      AnimationView1.SetAnimation(ThemeClass:Birthday, true)

Event 'PauseAnimation'

Event 'SetProgress'
      &Progress = 0.5

2. Customize the loading of forms and grids

It is possible to use animations to customize the loading process of object forms and grids. That is, we can replace the usual loading circle with a more sophisticated Lottie animation.

To do this, there is a new property in Form and Grid classes in Smart Device Themes, named Loading Animation Class where an animation can be set using the Animation classes defined in the Theme with the Lottie files.

Animation Loading Class

Animation Loading Sample

3. Customize Progress Indicator controls

An animation can be used to customize a Progress Indicator User Control control. In order to do this, a Progress theme class has to be created and an Animation-type class name set in the Animation Class property of this class. The indicated animation will displayed when the Progress Indicator User Control is shown.

Progress Indicator Animation

Note: Progress Indicator User Control customization using animations is available from GeneXus 15 Upgrade 9

4. Customize Launch Screen

Is possible to use an animation as the Launch Screen of our Mobile Smart Devices application. This can be set in the Application class properties in Theme for Smart Devices objects.

Launch Screen Animation

Note: Launch Screen customization using animations is available from GeneXus 15 Upgrade 9, and only for Android applications.



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