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UX development exercise: Android shared element transitions

July 31, 2018
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For a recent exercise, I messed around with shared element transitions in Android. This type transition is useful for selecting an image from one view that will be shown in another.

In this case, I created a gallery view and detail view. The gallery was made up of a grid of thumbnail images cropped to in the same size. The gallery view was a view pager allowing the user to swipe between images as well as zoom to scale each image. I also added in some bonus features like colored status and navigation bars and the ability to tap to show / hide everything in the detail view.

To demonstrate the transitions, I added a pull down menu showing the most common transition types: auto and explode. For explode, I provided two examples: one that just exploded the thumbnails and another that exploded everything including the toolbar, status bar, and navigation bar.

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The hardest part of challenge was changing the scaleType between views. Based on my research, it wasn't possible to switch between scaleToFit and croppedFit. But I had found an exercise where it did work, but the code was convoluted with additional features. It took several attempts, but eventually I was able to work it out.

You can check it out on Github.

Tagged: AnimationsJavaUI
[…] let them know it had been a few years since I’ve done production code and a year since I’ve practiced using Android so I was allowed time to get reacquainted with the platform. The exercise ended up being two […]

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