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Animate the page expanding in RadPageView with ExplorerBar view

Product Version Product Author Last modified
2015.1.225 RadPageView for WinForms Dimitar Karamfilov March 19, 2015

Problem
This article demonstrates how you can change the current page when a page is hovered and how you can animate the page expanding.

  PageViewAnimation001

Solution
Firstly, you should create a new project and add a RadPageView to the form. Additionally, set the view mode to ExplorerBar and add some pages. The form should look like this:

  PageViewAnimation002

The animation effect will be achieved by using a timer. On each timer tick the current page size should be increased until the page is fully expanded. This process can be started when a page is expanded – in the PageExpanded event handler. 
The expand on mouse hover functionality can be achieved by using the MouseHover event of the explorer bar items (the pages header). When a page header is hovered all pages should be collapsed and the current page expanded by using the timer.
In addition, the Bounds property changing should be suspended. This can be done in the header items’ RadPropertyChanging event handler.
The described approach can be implemented as follows:

System.Windows.Forms.Timer timer;
RadPageViewPage currentPage;

public RadForm1()
{
    InitializeComponent();

    RadPageViewExplorerBarElement explorerBarElement = radPageView1.ViewElement as RadPageViewExplorerBarElement;

    foreach (RadPageViewExplorerBarItem item in explorerBarElement.Items)
    {
        item.MouseHover += item_MouseHover;
        item.AssociatedContentAreaElement.RadPropertyChanging += AssociatedContentAreaElement_RadPropertyChanging;
    }

    timer = new System.Windows.Forms.Timer();
    timer.Interval = 30;
    timer.Tick += timer_Tick;
    radPageView1.PageExpanded += radPageView1_PageExpanded;
}

void timer_Tick(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    currentPage.PageLength += 20;
    if (currentPage.PageLength >= 300)
    {
        timer.Stop();
    }
}

void radPageView1_PageExpanded(object sender, RadPageViewEventArgs e)
{
    timer.Stop();
    currentPage = e.Page;
    currentPage.PageLength = 0;
    timer.Start();
}

void AssociatedContentAreaElement_RadPropertyChanging(object sender, RadPropertyChangingEventArgs args)
{
    if (args.Property.Name == "Bounds")
    {
        //suspend layout when animating
        args.Cancel = timer.Enabled;
    }
}

void item_MouseHover(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    RadPageViewExplorerBarItem item = (RadPageViewExplorerBarItem)sender;

    RadPageViewExplorerBarElement explorerBarElement = radPageView1.ViewElement as RadPageViewExplorerBarElement;
    foreach (RadPageViewExplorerBarItem i in explorerBarElement.Items)
    {
        i.IsExpanded = false;
    }

    item.IsExpanded = true;
}

Private timer As System.Windows.Forms.Timer
Private currentPage As RadPageViewPage

Public Sub New()
    InitializeComponent()

    Dim explorerBarElement As RadPageViewExplorerBarElement = TryCast(radPageView1.ViewElement, RadPageViewExplorerBarElement)

    For Each item As RadPageViewExplorerBarItem In explorerBarElement.Items
        AddHandler item.MouseHover, AddressOf item_MouseHover
        AddHandler item.AssociatedContentAreaElement.RadPropertyChanging, AddressOf AssociatedContentAreaElement_RadPropertyChangin
    Next item

    timer = New System.Windows.Forms.Timer()
    timer.Interval = 30
    AddHandler timer.Tick, AddressOf timer_Tick
    AddHandler radPageView1.PageExpanded, AddressOf radPageView1_PageExpanded
End Sub

Private Sub timer_Tick(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
    currentPage.PageLength += 20
    If currentPage.PageLength >= 300 Then
        timer.Stop()
    End If
End Sub

Private Sub radPageView1_PageExpanded(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As RadPageViewEventArgs)
    timer.Stop()
    currentPage = e.Page
    currentPage.PageLength = 0
    timer.Start()
End Sub

Private Sub AssociatedContentAreaElement_RadPropertyChanging(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal args As RadPropertyChangingEventArgs)
    If args.Property.Name = "Bounds" Then
        'suspend layout when animating
        args.Cancel = timer.Enabled
    End If
End Sub

Private Sub item_MouseHover(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)
    Dim item As RadPageViewExplorerBarItem = DirectCast(sender, RadPageViewExplorerBarItem)

    Dim explorerBarElement As RadPageViewExplorerBarElement = TryCast(radPageView1.ViewElement, RadPageViewExplorerBarElement)
    For Each i As RadPageViewExplorerBarItem In explorerBarElement.Items
        i.IsExpanded = False
    Next i

    item.IsExpanded = True
End Sub

You can download a VB and C# project from the following link.

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