Action Tray Quick Start Guide

For iOS and Android development with Xamarin and Visual Studio
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Action Tray Component

Getting Started with Action Trays

To use an Action Tray in your mobile app include the ActionComponents.dll and reference the following using statement in your C# code:

using ActionComponents;

Minimal Setup Required

Whether created as a .xib file in Xcode for iOS or the designer for Android or built directly from C# code the following two properties must be set before the Action Tray is displayed:

// These values MUST be set in code before the view is displayed
tray.trayType = ACTrayType.Popup;
tray.orientation = ACTrayOrientation.Right;

Failure to set the above lines before display can result in an Action Tray that is drawn and/or behaves incorrectly.

If the tray is being created completely in C# code, set the above lines after you have set the tray’s Frame size and added the tray to the parent View so that it can correctly calculate its open and closed positions.

Working with Action Trays in Android

Action Tray was designed to make adding it to a project super easy. Start an Android project in Visual Studio, switch to the Android Designer and add a RelativeLayout to be the parent of the Action Tray. Add one or more Views, switch to the Source view and change their type to ActionComponents.ACTray.

Note: The Action Tray MUST be hosted inside a RelativeView or it will not work correctly! The Action Tray itself is a type of RelativeLayout so add any UI Components to the tray and position them within it using RelativeLayout metrics.

Configuring an Action Tray

Aside from the base, minimal setup above, there are several features that you can use to customize not only the look but the feel of your action trays. Here is an example in iOS for an Action Tray added to a .xib file:

// Set tray type
leftTray.orientation = ACTrayOrientation.Left;

// Style tray
leftTray.icon=ACImage.FromFile ("Images/icon_calendar.png");
leftTray.CloseTray (false);

And the same code for Android for an Action Tray created in the designer:

// Gain Access to all views and controls in our layout
ACTray leftTray = FindViewById<ACTray> (Resource.Id.trayLeft);

// Setup the left side tray
leftTray.trayType = ACTrayType.Draggable;
leftTray.orientation = ACTrayOrientation.Left;
leftTray.tabLocation = ACTrayTabLocation.BottomOrRight;
leftTray.frameType = ACTrayFrameType.EdgeOnly;
leftTray.tabType = ACTrayTabType.IconAndTitle;

// Style tray
leftTray.appearance.background = Color.Gray;
leftTray.appearance.border = Color.Red;
leftTray.icon = Resource.Drawable.icon_calendar;
leftTray.title = "Events";
leftTray.CloseTray (false);

Responding to User Interaction

Action Trays define several events that can be responded to such as Touched, Moved, Released, Opened, Closed or CustomDrawDragTab. The following is an example of handling an Action Tray being opened on either iOS or Android:

// Respond to the tray being opened
rightTray.Opened+= (tray) => {
    // Tell any open palette trays to close
    trayManager.CloseAllTrays ();

Working with Groups of Action Trays

Action Tray provides a ACTrayManager to make working with groups of Action Trayseasier. The ACTrayManager ensures that only one tray in the group is open at any given time and provides events for handling the trays it controls as a group. The following is an example of building a ACTrayManager and responding to any tray being opened in the group for both iOS and Android:

// Create a TrayManager to handle a collection of "palette"
// trays. It will automatically close any open tray when 
// another tray in this collection is opened.
trayManager = new ACTrayManager ();

// Automatically close the left tray when any tray
// in the manager's collection is opened
trayManager.TrayOpened += (tray) => {
    // Animate the tray being closed
    leftTray.CloseTray (true);

Configure your Action Trays as normal and use the following code to add them to the Tray Managers collection. The tray will be automatically close by the manager when added:

// Add this tray to the manager's collection
trayManager.AddTray (paletteTray);

Custom Drawing the DragTab

Action Trays provide several types of built in dragTabs and many properties for controlling their appearance. Sometimes, however, that isn’t enough. That’s why Action Trays allow you to custom draw the dragTab by hand. Here is an example in iOS:

// Set tray type
toolsTray.CloseTray (false);

// Style tray
toolsTray.appearance.background=UIColor.FromRGB (38,38,38);

// Custom draw the tray's drag tab
toolsTray.CustomDrawDragTab+= (tray, rect) => {
    // Mix background color
    UIColor tabColor;

    if (tray.frameType==ACTrayFrameType.None) {
        tabColor=tray.appearance.background.ColorWithAlpha (tray.appearance.tabAlpha);
    } else {
        tabColor=tray.appearance.frame.ColorWithAlpha (tray.appearance.tabAlpha);

    // Save current context
    var context = UIGraphics.GetCurrentContext();

    // Draw tab in the given bounds
    var bodyPath = UIBezierPath.FromRect(rect);

    // Draw icon
    var icon=UIImage.FromFile ("Images/icon_pencil.png");
    var y=rect.GetMinY()+5f;
    var tabIconRect = new RectangleF(rect.GetMinX() + 1, y, 30, 30);
    var tabIconPath = UIBezierPath.FromRect(tabIconRect);
    icon.Draw(new RectangleF((float)Math.Floor(tabIconRect.GetMinX() + 1f), (float)Math.Floor(y + 0.5f), icon.Size.Width, icon.Size.Height),CGBlendMode.Normal,tray.appearance.tabAlpha);

Here is the same example in Android:

// Setup tools tray type
toolsTray.trayType = ACTrayType.AutoClosingPopup;
toolsTray.orientation = ACTrayOrientation.Top;
toolsTray.tabType = ACTrayTabType.IconOnly;
toolsTray.CloseTray (false);

// Style tools tray
toolsTray.tabWidth = 50;
toolsTray.tabLocation = ACTrayTabLocation.BottomOrRight;
toolsTray.appearance.background = Color.Rgb (38,38,38);
toolsTray.tabType = ACTrayTabType.CustomDrawn;
toolsTray.icon = Resource.Drawable.icon_pencil;

// Custom draw this tab
toolsTray.CustomDrawDragTab += (tray, canvas, rect) => {
    //Draw background
    var body= new ShapeDrawable(new RectShape());
    body.SetBounds (rect.Left, rect.Top, rect.Right, rect.Bottom);
    body.Draw (canvas);

    //Define icon paint
    var iPaint=new Paint();

    //Load bitmap
    var bitmap=BitmapFactory.DecodeResource(Resources,tray.icon);

    //Draw image
    canvas.DrawBitmap (bitmap, rect.Left+1, rect.Top+5, iPaint);

Maintain State on Android

Since views are destroyed and recreated on Android devices for events such as screen rotation, Action Trays provide methods for saving and restoring their state. Here is an example:

protected override void OnSaveInstanceState (Bundle outState)
    //Save the state of all trays on the screen

    base.OnSaveInstanceState (outState);

protected override void OnRestoreInstanceState (Bundle savedInstanceState)
    //Restore all trays to their previous states

    base.OnRestoreInstanceState (savedInstanceState);

Trial Version

The Trial version of Action Tray is fully functional however the background is watermarked. The fully licensed version removes this watermark.