Simple OpenPyro example with source: Image Viewer

Work on OpenPyro goes well, and I keep getting people asking me for examples of the framework in use. After receiving another request today on an OpenPyro example, I figured I’d write a quick widget and release it with the source. So check out this very simple Photo Browser app. The source can be found here. The application is simple on purpose but shows some parts I want to highlight. The widget is a List module on one side and an Image container inside another container on the other side. As you click on a list item, the source of the Image component changes. Here are some key parts of the code:

This of course is the main thing I worked on in OpenPyro. In the main class, the shell lays out a header and a PhotoModule component and a Spacer vertically using a VLayout object. The PhotoModule is sized by setting its percentWidth and percentHeight to 100, and the layout does the rest. Pretty sweet.
The List component within the PhotoModule class is sized similarly with a width of 200 and the ScrollPane is sized at 100% of the unused space.

List with custom renderer:
The List module implementation here is also an interesting example that shows how a List module can work with custom renderers. The code looks like:

var list:List = new List();
var itemRendererFactory:ClassFactory = new ClassFactory(DefaultListRenderer) = { percentWidth:100,
rollOutBackgroundPainter:new FillPainter(0x444444),
labelFormat:new TextFormat(“Arial”, 12, 0xffffff)}
list.itemRenderer = itemRendererFactory;
list.dataProvider = picData;
list.layout = new VLayout() = new AuroraContainerSkin()
list.width = 250;

var listPainter:GradientFillPainter = new GradientFillPainter([0x222222, 0x111111])
listPainter.rotation = Math.PI/2

list.backgroundPainter = listPainter
list.percentHeight = 100;



Automatic scrollbar creation on containers
The module on the right that shows the photo is basically just an Image control within a UIContainer. If you click on the Asterix photo, the photo is bigger than the container and the container automatically puts the scrollbars in. Its also important to realize that the only reason the photo became bigger than the containing UIContainer was because the image did not have a width,height assigned to it. In that case, all UIControls default into a child based measurement strategy and their sizes are determined by the children they contain.

Using BackgroundPainters
I love the backgroundPainter api on the basic control (UIControl). In one or two lines, you can set the entire look of a component. The code looks something like:

var bgPainter:GradientFillPainter = new GradientFillPainter([0,0×333333]);
bgPainter.cornerRadius = 10;
bgPainter.rotation = Math.PI/2
shell.backgroundPainter = bgPainter;

If the shell in the above case resizes, the painter is re-triggered and repaints correctly.

Once again the killer part of the framework is the file size. This example is about 21 K.

There is a lot of stuff here I am pretty proud of, but again, it still needs a lot of work. If you are interested in the project and are coming to MAX San Francisco this year, I would love to meet you. My twitter id is @arpit.


See you at Max

Author: Arpit Mathur

Arpit Mathur is a Principal Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on a variety of topics including Machine Learning, Affective Computing, and Blockchain applications. Arpit has also worked extensively on Android and iOS applications, Virtual Reality apps as well as with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and Ruby on Rails. He also spent a couple of years in the User Experience team as a Creative Technologist.

One thought on “Simple OpenPyro example with source: Image Viewer”

  1. I can’t make it to MAX unfortunately, but I’m super interested in helping out with OpenPyro.

    I’ve taken a look at the example file, and I have some feedback and suggestions, as well as some questions. It would be great if you could email me whenever you’re free from your MAX commitments?


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