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MacRuby in Action by Brendan G. Lim with Jerry Cheung and Jeremy McAnally

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Chapter 8. Core Animation basics

 

This chapter covers
  • Cocoa animations
  • Using the CALayer class
  • 2D views in 3D space
  • Adding animations to a Twitter client

 

Great Mac OS X applications not only look beautiful, but also have subtle touches that make them stand out to the user. Think about maximizing and minimizing a window and the associated animation effect: Apple paid amazing attention to detail for that simple, common task. Even hovering your mouse over the dock applies an impressive magnification effect to the application icons.

Apple includes this attention to animation detail throughout most of its applications. As you watch a movie on QuickTime you’ll notice that the frame of the window fades away to give you a better viewing experience. ...

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