RadChartView: Animations

In this article, you will learn to use the animations feature in RadChartView for Android.

Overview

The animations for RadChartView are enabled by a class called ChartAnimationPanel. The animation panel is a custom layout to which the chart must be added. Developers can either use addView() to add the chart (this means the panel can also be configured through XML) and also through the setChart() method. For example:

ChartAnimationPanel animationPanel = new ChartAnimationPanel(context);
animationPanel.setChart(chart);
// or animationPanel.addView(chart);
animationPanel.Chart = chart;
// or animationPanel.AddView(chart);

Then when the chart is added, developers have to add animations for each series. The animations are added with the animationPanel.addAnimation() method:

animationPanel.AddAnimation(new ChartFadeAnimation(series));

Note that the ChartFadeAnimation constructor accepts a series object. If a chart animation is initialized without a series object and this animation is added directly to the animation panel an exception will be thrown. Animations without associated series can only be used with ChartAnimationGroup which provides its associated series to its child animations as will be shown later.

Supported Animations

The currently supported animations are ChartFadeAnimation, ChartTranslateAnimation, ChartRotateAnimation, ChartScaleAnimation and ChartAnimationGroup.

ChartFadeAnimation

ChartFadeAnimation fade = new ChartFadeAnimation(series);
fade.StartOpacity = 0.3f;

ChartTranslateAnimation

ChartTranslateAnimation is used, as the name suggests, to move a series into view.

ChartTranslateAnimation translateAnimation = new ChartTranslateAnimation(series);
translateAnimation.StartX = -200;
translateAnimation.StartY = -200;

ChartRotateAnimation

ChartRotateAnimation rotateAnimation = new ChartRotateAnimation(series);
rotateAnimation.StartAngle = -90f;
rotateAnimation.PivotX = 500;
rotateAnimation.PivotY = 500;

ChartAnimationGroup

ChartAnimationGroup does not animate the chart by itself since it is a container for multiple animations. The child animations can be started either in SEQUENTIAL or CONCURRENT mode. This is done with the setSequenceMode() method. If the sequence mode is SEQUENTIAL the duration of group itself will be divided by the number of children and each child animation will be as long as the result from that division.

ChartAnimationGroup group = new ChartAnimationGroup(series);
group.SequenceMode = ChartAnimationSequenceMode.SEQUENTIAL;
group.AddAnimation(new ChartFadeAnimation());
group.AddAnimation(new ChartScaleAnimation());

Common API

Finally every animation has a common API. Each animation implements the ChartAnimationInterface which looks like this:

public interface ChartAnimation
{
    ViewPropertyAnimatorCompat start(SeriesAnimationView viewToAnimate);
    void setInitialValues(SeriesAnimationView view);
    long Duration {get; set;}
    Interpolator Interpolator {get; set;}
    long InitialDelay {get; set;}
    ChartSeries Series {get;}
    void AddAnimationFinishedListener(ChartAnimationFinishedListener listener);
    void RemoveAnimationFinishedListener(ChartAnimationFinishedListener listener);
}