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November 11, 2008

Core Animation for Mac OS X and the iPhone --New from Pragmatic Bookshelf: Creating Compelling Dynamic User Interfaces

Raleigh, NC—Have you seen Apple’s Front Row application and Cover Flow effects? Then you’ve seen Core Animation at work. It’s about making applications that give strong visual feedback through movement and morphing, rather than repainting panels.

Mac OS X Leopard introduces a fantastic new technology that makes writing applications with animated and cinematic user interfaces much easier. Core Animation for Mac OS X and the iPhone: Creating Compelling Dynamic User Interfaces (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $34.95) will get you up to speed quickly and take you into the depths of this new technology.

Author Bill Dudney explains: "Consider how Apple integrates animation into its operating systems and applications. For example, when users start Front Row, the whole desktop changes to an animation-centric, three-dimensional look and feel with smooth animations and beautiful reflections. You’ll find animation even when you are working on something as simple as preparing a presentation in Keynote. When a slide in Keynote is moved to another spot in a presentation, the rest of the slides move around to get out of the moving slide’s way. Not only does this look great, but it also helps the user understand what their actions are doing. Subtly or dramatically, Keynote and Front Row are keeping their users informed with their use of animation."

We’ll explore this new technology by starting with the familiar concepts you already know from the pre-Leopard development kits. Then we’ll see how they apply to the new frameworks and APIs. We’ll build on your existing knowledge of Cocoa and bring you efficiently up to speed on what Core Animation is all about.

With this book in hand, you can add Core Animation to your Cocoa applications, and make stunning user interfaces that your users will be showing off to their friends.

For a review copy or more information please email pragprogpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Bill Dudney is a software developer and entrepreneur currently building software for the Mac. Bill started his computing career on a NeXT cube with a magneto-optical drive running NeXTStep 0.9. Over the years, Bill migrated into the Java world, where he worked for years on building cool enterprise software. But he never forgot his roots and how much fun it was to write software that did cool things for normal people. Bill is back to AppKit to stay. You can follow him on his blog at bill.dudney.net/roller/objc.

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For more information about the book, including code, errata, discussions, excerpts, a full table of contents, and more, see the catalog page for Core Animation for Mac OS X and the iPhone.

Core Animation for Mac OS X and the iPhone
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Bill Dudney
ISBN: 9781934356104, 188 pages, Book Price: $34.95 USD, £24.99 GBP
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