An object that provides a flexible method of defining animated transformations.


class CAValueFunction : NSObject


You can use a value function to specify the individual components of an animated transform.

For example, to create a basic animation that rotates a layer from 0° to 180° around its z-axis, you would create a CABasicAnimation object with a fromValue of 0, a toValue of pi, and a valueFunction of a CAValueFunction with a function name of rotateZ.

Listing 1 shows how you would create such a rotation and apply it to a CALayer named rotatingLayer.

Listing 1

Animating a layer's rotation

let rotateAnimation = CABasicAnimation()
rotateAnimation.valueFunction = CAValueFunction(name: kCAValueFunctionRotateZ)
rotateAnimation.fromValue = 0
rotateAnimation.toValue = Float.pi
rotateAnimation.duration = 3
                  forKey: "transform")

The value functions scale and translate require 3 values, for the individual x, y and z components. When working with these value functions, you specify the animation's fromValue and toValue as arrays.

Listing 2 shows how you could animate a layer's scale from 0 to 1 using a value function.

Listing 2

Animating a layer's scale

let scaleAnimation = CABasicAnimation()
scaleAnimation.valueFunction = CAValueFunction(name: kCAValueFunctionScale)
scaleAnimation.fromValue = [0, 0, 0]
scaleAnimation.toValue = [1, 1, 1]
scaleAnimation.duration = 3
                 forKey: "transform")


Getting Value Function Properties

var name: CAValueFunctionName

Returns the name of the value function.

Creating and Initializing Value Functions

init?(name: CAValueFunctionName)

Returns the value function object identified by the name.


Rotate Value Functions

Rotate value transform functions construct a 4x4 matrix that represents the corresponding rotation matrix.

Scale Value Functions

Scale value transform functions construct a 4x4 matrix that represents the corresponding scale matrix.

Translate Functions

Translate value transform functions construct a 4x4 matrix that represents the corresponding translate matrix.


Inherits From

See Also


class CAAnimation

The abstract superclass for animations in Core Animation.

protocol CAAnimationDelegate

Methods your app can implement to respond when animations start and stop.

class CAPropertyAnimation

An abstract subclass of CAAnimation for creating animations that manipulate the value of layer properties.

class CABasicAnimation

An object that provides basic, single-keyframe animation capabilities for a layer property.

class CAKeyframeAnimation

An object that provides keyframe animation capabilities for a layer object.

class CASpringAnimation

An animation that applies a spring-like force to a layer's properties.

class CATransition

An object that provides an animated transition between a layer's states.