Animate 3D symbols


This sample demonstrates how to animate a graphic’s position and rotation and have the camera follow it. The sample comes loaded with mission files containing frame by frame data about graphic’s location, heading, pitch and offset. You can pick between different mission files using the drop down button under Mission Settings. Click on the Play button to start or stop the animation. You can change the speed of animation. The progress of the mission is also shown. Under Camera Settings you can changes the distance between the graphic and the camera. You can change the headingOffset, the pitchOffset or the rollOffset of the camera with respect to the graphic. Under Plane Properties you can see the current altitude, heading, pitch or roll of the graphic.

How it works

A model symbol for the plane is created using init(name:extension:scale:) initializer. A graphic for the plane is created using this symbol and added to graphics overlay. A simple renderer AGSSimpleRenderer is created and expressions for heading, pitch and roll are specified on the renderer. These expressions will help rotate the plane graphic based on the values assigned in the attributes property of the graphic. The renderer is then applied on the graphics overlay. An AGSOrbitGeoElementCameraController object is initialized with the plane graphic and distance to maintain between the camera and the graphic, using init(targetGeoElement:distance:) initializer. The camera controller is then assigned to the scene view. When the Play button is clicked, a Timer is created to animate the position and rotation of the plane graphic based on the values in the mission files. The sliders under Camera Settings update the corresponding properties on the camera controller.

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