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Silverlight Page Flip Navigation

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It describes page to page navigation with flip animation in Silverlight


This article describes how to navigate between pages with flip animation in Silverlight.

Using the Code

The flip animation can be done with the help of PlaneProjection from the namespace System.Windows.Media. You must use the below code snippet in all the XAML pages that needs the flip animation:

   <PlaneProjection x:Name="Projection"/>

And in the code base, add a double animation storyboard to flip the page: 

DoubleAnimation daY1 = new DoubleAnimation { From = 0.00, To = 90.00 };
Storyboard.SetTargetName(daY1, "Projection");
Storyboard.SetTargetProperty(daY1, new PropertyPath("RotationX"));
this.Resources.Add("EndOfPage", stb1);
Storyboard stb = new Storyboard();
stb.Duration = new Duration(TimeSpan.FromSeconds(1));
stb.SpeedRatio = 3;
DoubleAnimation daY = new DoubleAnimation { From = -90.00, To = 0.00 };
Storyboard.SetTargetName(daY, "Projection");
Storyboard.SetTargetProperty(daY, new PropertyPath("RotationX"));
this.Resources.Add("StartOfPage", stb);

And use this method to navigate from page to page:

public void SwitchToPage(UserControl p)
    NextPage = p;
    if (CurrentPage != p)
        Storyboard currStb = CurrentPage.Resources["EndOfPage"] as Storyboard;
        currStb.Completed += new EventHandler(currStb_Completed);


  • 21st July, 2009: Initial post


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About the Authors

Venkatesan Jagadisan
Software Developer iSOFT
India India
Working as a Software Engineer in iSOFT at Chennai, India.

Balaji Ganesaan
Software Developer (Senior) iSOFT
India India
Working as a Senior Software Engineer in iSOFT at Chennai, India.

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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
Michael E. Jones27-Jul-09 21:33
memberMichael E. Jones27-Jul-09 21:33 
GeneralRe: My vote of 1 Pin
jasenschmidt3-Aug-09 19:29
memberjasenschmidt3-Aug-09 19:29 
This posting is not really all the valid, if you are going to use the same animation for all the pages. Then you only need to have the MainPage.xaml contain the following:
<UserControl x:Class="SilverlightFlipNavigation.MainPage"



    Width="auto" Height="auto">
    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Opacity="1"> 
            <ColumnDefinition Width="0.167*"/>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="0.681*"/>
        <Border BorderBrush="#FF2DA2AC" BorderThickness="3,3,3,3" VerticalAlignment="Stretch" CornerRadius="5,5,5,5" Background="{x:Null}" Margin="0,0,0,0" Opacity="1"/>
        <StackPanel Grid.Column="0" Margin="10,10,10,10" >
            <Button Content="Page 1" Margin="0,10,0,10" Click="Button1_Click"></Button>
            <Button Content="Page 2" Margin="0,10,0,10" Click="Button2_Click"></Button>
            <Button Content="Page 3" Margin="0,10,0,10" Click="Button3_Click"></Button>
            <Button Content="Page 4" Margin="0,10,0,10" Click="Button4_Click"></Button>

        <Border Grid.Column="1" Grid.ColumnSpan="2" Grid.Row="1" BorderBrush="#FF2DA2AC" BorderThickness="3,3,3,3" Background="{x:Null}" CornerRadius="5,5,5,5">
            <Grid x:Name="PageContainer" RenderTransformOrigin="0.212,0.857" Margin="3,3,3,3">
                    <PlaneProjection x:Name="PageContainerProjection"/>

The other pages would have to have the following:
<UserControl x:Class="SilverlightFlipNavigation.Page3"



    Width="Auto" Height="Auto">
	<Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="Gray">
		<TextBlock Text="Page 3" FontSize="20"></TextBlock>

This removes the need to have the PlaneProjection in each of the pages and therefore you can remove the code from each of the the Page{number}.xaml.cs files

The only thing that you would need to change in the current code is the way the resources are accessed before call begin on the animation and that would be to use the MainPage's resources instead of calling CurrentPage and NextPage

example Storyboard stb = NextPage.Resources["StartOfPage"] as Storyboard; becomes Storyboard stb = this.Resources["StartOfPage"] as Storyboard;

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