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Beginning iPad™ Application Development by Wei-Meng Lee

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Chapter 11. Simple Animations

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS CHAPTER:

  • How to use the NSTimer class to create timers that will call methods at regular time intervals

  • How to perform simple animations using the NSTimer class

  • How to perform affine transformation on ImageView

  • How to animate a series of images using ImageView

Up to this point, the applications you have written have all made use of the standard views provided by the iPhone SDK. As Apple has reiterated, the iPad is not just for serious work; it is also a gaming platform.

In this chapter, you can have some fun and create something visual. You learn how to perform some simple animations using a timer object and then perform some transformations on a view. Although it is beyond the scope of this book to show you how to create animations using OpenGL ES, this chapter does show you some interesting techniques that you can use to make your applications come alive!

USING THE NSTIMER CLASS

One of the easiest ways to get started with animation is to use the NSTimer class. The NSTimer class creates timer objects, which allow you to call a method at a regular time intervals. Using an NSTimer object, you can update an image at regular time intervals, thereby creating an impression that it is being animated.

In the following Try It Out, you learn how to display a bouncing ball on the screen using the NSTimer class. When the ball touches the sides of the screen, it bounces off in the opposite direction. You also learn how to control the frequency ...

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