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README.md

Tabris.js Lottie Plugin

A Lottie widget for Tabris.js, allowing to display and control Lottie animations. The plugin currently supports Android.

Lottie widget on Android

Example

The following snippet shows how the tabris-plugin-lottie plugin can be used in a Tabris.js app:

new eslottie.LottieView({
  left: 0, right: 0, top: 0, bottom: 0,
  animation: 'lottie-file.json'
}).appendTo(tabris.contentView);

A more elaborate example can be found in the example folder. It provides a Tabris.js project that demonstrates the various features of the tabris-plugin-lottie plugin. Consult the README of the example for build instructions.

Integrating the plugin

The Tabris.js website provides detailed information on how to integrate custom widgets in your Tabris.js app. To add the plugin to your app add the following entry in your apps config.xml:

<!-- Not yet on npm -->
<!-- <plugin name="tabris-plugin-lottie" spec="^1.0.0" /> -->

To fetch the latest development version use the GitHub URL:

<plugin name="tabris-plugin-lottie" spec="https://github.com/eclipsesource/tabris-plugin-lottie.git" />

API

The plugin api consists of the eslottie.LottieView Widget with the following properties, methods and events.

eslottie.LottieView

Properties

animation : string | ArrayBuffer
  • Loads a Lottie animation from either an uri pointing to a json or zip file, or from an ArrayBuffer containing a json or zip file as bytes. After the animation has been loaded the load event is fired.
  • By default the autoPlay property is set to true, starting the animation immediatly. Otherwise the animation has to be started explicitly (by e.g. calling play()). When not started the first frame is rendered.
autoPlay : boolean, default: true
  • If set to true, the animation starts playing immediately after the animation has been loaded and the load event fired.
playing : boolean, read only, default: false
  • Whether the animation is currently playing. A playing value of true translates to being in any of the states play, resume or repeat.
state : string, read only, supported values: play, finish, pause, resume, cancel, repeat, default: finish
  • Represents the current playback state. Using any of the play()/pause() etc. methods or letting the animation reach the end fires a stateChanged event.
speed : number, default: 1
  • Sets the playback speed. If speed < 0, the animation will play backwards.
repeatCount : number | Infinity, default: 0
  • The number of times the animation should be repeated. By default the animation is played only once. To repeat the animation indefinitely the repeatCount can be set to Infinity.
repeatMode : string, supported values: restart, reverse, default: restart
  • Specifies how to repeat the animation. Either by playing it again from the beginning or by playing it backwards when the end has been reached.
scaleMode : string, supported values: auto, fill, default: auto
  • The scaleMode allows to change the size of the animation when it does not match the bounds of the LottieView.
  • The default value auto scales the animation to match the Widget bounds but does not scale the animation up. The value fill scales the animation to the bounds of the LottieView, making it fit inside but not changing its proportions. The two modes work in the same manor as the scaleMode in the Tabris.js ImageView.
  • To retrieve the size of a loaded animation in dp the composition offers the width and height properties.
scale : number, default: 1
  • Allows to render the animation larger or smaller by multiplying the animation dimension with the scale factor. E.g. a scale of 0.5 shows the animation at half its size.
  • The scale factor can also be used when an animation shows performance problems. In such a scenario one could set the scale to a value less than 1 (e.g. 0.5) and set the scaleMode to fill. This would render the animation shrunken down but display it larger. The results would be less cpu usage but also a degradation of visual quality.
composition : object, read only, default: null
  • A composition provides static meta-data about a loaded animation. It is available after the load event has fired. Setting a new animation sets the composition to null. The composition provides the following properties:

    • width : number - the horizontal size of the animation in dp
    • height : number - the vertical size of the animation in dp
    • frames : number - the number of total frames in the animation
    • frameRate : number - the length of one frame in the animation
    • duration : _number: - the total duration of the animation in milliseconds
frame : number, default: 0
  • The current frame that is rendered in the LottieView. When the frame changes a frameChanged event is fired.
minFrame : number, default: 0
  • The minFrame specifies the beginning frame when rendering an animation.
  • An animation is only rendered between its minFrame and maxFrame boundaries. This also affects the way an animation is repeated by also limiting its playback to the range given by the minFrame and maxFrame.
  • The limiting boundaries can be used to control an animation that consists of different phases. E.g. a progress spinner which morphs into a checkmark after the work is done.
maxFrame : number, default: 0
  • The maxFrame specifies the end frame when rendering an animation. If not provided it is set to composition.frames after an animation is loaded, so that by default the entire animation is played.
  • An animation is only rendered between its minFrame and maxFrame boundaries. This also affects the way an animation is repeated by also limiting its playback to the range given by the minFrame and maxFrame.
  • The limiting boundaries can be used to control an animation that consists of different phases. E.g. a progress spinner which morphs into a checkmark after the work is done.

Events

load
  • Fired when an animation is set and has finished loading. At this point the composition property is available.
Parameters
  • composition: object
    • Contains static information about the properties of the loaded animation. See the composition property for details about the provided information.
stateChanged
  • Fired when the animation is played, paused, resumed, canceled, repeated or finished. The event is fired either when the animation triggered it (by e.g. reaching the animation end) or when manually invoking play()/pause() etc.
Parameters
  • event: object
    • The event objects value field contains the new playback state. See the state property for details.
frameChanged
  • Fired when the LottieView is displaying a new frame.
Parameters
  • event: object
    • The event objects value field contains the currently rendered frame index. See the frame property for details.

Methods

play()
  • Starts playing a loaded animation from the first frame as given by minFrame. Can be invoked before the animation has finished loading, so that the playback will start as soon as possible if autoPlay is set to false.
pause()
  • Pauses the a running animation and lets the LottieView show the current frame.
resume()
  • Continues playback at the current location.
cancel()
  • Stops the current playback and resets the current frame to the starting position given by minFrame.

Compatibility

Compatible with Tabris.js 3.0.0

Supported platforms

  • Android

Development of the widget

While not required by the consumer or the widget, this repository provides a project folder that contains platform specific development artifacts. These artifacts allow to more easily consume the native source code when developing the native parts of the widget.

Android

The project provides a gradle based build configuration, which also allows to import the project into Android Studio.

In order to reference the Tabris.js specific APIs, the environment variable TABRIS_ANDROID_PLATFORM has to point to the Tabris.js Android Cordova platform root directory.

export TABRIS_ANDROID_PLATFORM=/home/user/tabris-android

The environment variable is consumed in the gradle projects build.gradle file.

Copyright

See LICENSE notice.

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