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Animation blueprints for Swing

Posted by kirillcool on May 25, 2009 at 4:02 PM PDT

Over at Pushing Pixels i have ran the series on adding animations to enable rich interactivity expected from modern Swing applications. The code is part of the Onyx project which aims to provide blueprints for animated Swing applications powered by the Trident animation library, and the series has covered the following:

  • Part 1 - adding simple animation behavior to such scenarios as component appearance (fade in), rollovers and window disposal (fade-out) using built in and custom class attributes and setters.
  • Part 2 - adding animated load progress indication while the application is loading data.
  • Part 3 - loading the album art matching the specific search string and asynchronously displaying the associated images.
  • Part 4 - scrolling the album covers showed in the container and adding animations to the scrolling.
  • Part 5 - complex transition scenarios.

How can you run this code locally?

If all went right, you should see the main application running and displaying Sarah McLachlan albums as in this video:

I hope you enjoyed this series. If you

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Gili, There are no Javadocs yet - the partial documentation (the library itself is work in progress) is in the project Wiki. To build Trident with Ant, you'll need the matching platform SWT jars in the classpath - i do not intend to bundle them with Trident. Thanks Kirill

Kirill, I tried building Trident using Ant but ran into a bunch of SWT-related compilation errors. It would be really nice to be able to look at the Trident Javadoc without having to try to figure out the build process. Gili

Thannksss Kirill !!!! What would happen to swing without you ?? really awesome !!! I will try to add trident to my projects !! :-)