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Marcus Zarra, Matt Long
The definitive full-color reference for Core Animation, Apple's powerful new framework for building feature-rich user interfaces • • Shows Mac developers how to use Core Animation to build state-of-the-art user interfaces that previously required intensely complex OpenGL programming. • Task-based coverage ranges from the absolute basics to advanced optimization and integration - and every feature is illuminates with projects and detailed sample code. • Contains a full chapter on using Core Animation on the iPhone. Apple's Core Animation API offers Mac developers a whole new way to think about user interface design - and the opportunity to quickly and easily integrate advanced UI features ranging from transparent windows to head-up displays. Core Animation contains all the goodies Mac UI designers have been craving - and could previously implement only with highly complex OpenGL code. Core Animation is the definitive reference to this powerful API for every Macintosh and iPhone developer. Leading OSX developers Marcus S. Zarra and Matt Long begin with a complete introduction to Core Animation, offering invaluable insights into when it should be used - and when it shouldn't be. Next, the authors drill down to each specific task developers are likely to perform. Building on the essentials, the authors introduce several advanced techniques, including code optimization and leveraging the GPU to run OpenGL, QuickTime, and Core Animation code in tandem. They also present brand-new coverage of Core Animation programming for the iPhone. Each concept and technique is illuminated with usable code, end-to-end sample projects, functional examples, and advanced project suggestions designed to promote even deeper understanding.