How to: Animate an Object Along a Path (Point Animation)


This example shows how to use a PointAnimationUsingPath object to animate a Point along a curved path.

The following example moves an EllipseGeometry along a path defined by a PathGeometry. The ellipse geometry's Center property, which takes a Point value, specifies its position; to move the ellipse geometry, you animate its Center property. The example uses a PointAnimationUsingPath to animate the EllipseGeometry object's Center property.

  <Canvas Width="400" Height="400">
    <Path Fill="Blue" Margin="15,15,15,15">

        <!-- The EllipseGemetry specifies the shape and position of the Ellipse. The
        Center property is animated, causing the Ellipse to animate across the screen-->
        <EllipseGeometry x:Name="MyAnimatedEllipseGeometry"
          Center="10,100" RadiusX="15" RadiusY="15" />
        <EventTrigger RoutedEvent="Path.Loaded">
          <BeginStoryboard Name="MyBeginStoryboard">
              <!-- Animates the ellipse along the path. -->
                RepeatBehavior="Forever" >
                    Figures="M 10,100 C 35,0 135,0 160,100 180,190 285,200 310,100"
                    PresentationOptions:Freeze="True" />

using System;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Media.Animation;
using System.Windows.Navigation;
using System.Windows.Shapes;

namespace SDKSample

    public class PointAnimationUsingPathExample : Page

        public PointAnimationUsingPathExample()

            // Create a NameScope for the page so that
            // we can use Storyboards.
            NameScope.SetNameScope(this, new NameScope());

            // Create the EllipseGeometry to animate.
            EllipseGeometry animatedEllipseGeometry =
                new EllipseGeometry(new Point(10, 100), 15, 15);

            // Register the EllipseGeometry's name with
            // the page so that it can be targeted by a
            // storyboard.
            this.RegisterName("AnimatedEllipseGeometry", animatedEllipseGeometry);

            // Create a Path element to display the geometry.
            Path ellipsePath = new Path();
            ellipsePath.Data = animatedEllipseGeometry;
            ellipsePath.Fill = Brushes.Blue;
            ellipsePath.Margin = new Thickness(15);

            // Create a Canvas to contain ellipsePath
            // and add it to the page.
            Canvas mainPanel = new Canvas();
            mainPanel.Width = 400;
            mainPanel.Height = 400;
            this.Content = mainPanel;

            // Create the animation path.
            PathGeometry animationPath = new PathGeometry();
            PathFigure pFigure = new PathFigure();
            pFigure.StartPoint = new Point(10, 100);
            PolyBezierSegment pBezierSegment = new PolyBezierSegment();
            pBezierSegment.Points.Add(new Point(35, 0));
            pBezierSegment.Points.Add(new Point(135, 0));
            pBezierSegment.Points.Add(new Point(160, 100));
            pBezierSegment.Points.Add(new Point(180, 190));
            pBezierSegment.Points.Add(new Point(285, 200));
            pBezierSegment.Points.Add(new Point(310, 100));

            // Freeze the PathGeometry for performance benefits.

            // Create a PointAnimationgUsingPath to move
            // the EllipseGeometry along the animation path.
            PointAnimationUsingPath centerPointAnimation = 
                new PointAnimationUsingPath();
            centerPointAnimation.PathGeometry = animationPath;
            centerPointAnimation.Duration = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(5);
            centerPointAnimation.RepeatBehavior = RepeatBehavior.Forever;

            // Set the animation to target the Center property
            // of the EllipseGeometry named "AnimatedEllipseGeometry".
            Storyboard.SetTargetName(centerPointAnimation, "AnimatedEllipseGeometry");
                new PropertyPath(EllipseGeometry.CenterProperty));
            // Create a Storyboard to contain and apply the animation.
            Storyboard pathAnimationStoryboard = new Storyboard();
            pathAnimationStoryboard.RepeatBehavior = RepeatBehavior.Forever;
            pathAnimationStoryboard.AutoReverse = true;

            // Start the Storyboard when ellipsePath is loaded.
            ellipsePath.Loaded += delegate(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
                // Start the storyboard.


For the complete sample, see Path Animation Sample.

The code version of the preceding sample used a Storyboard to animate the EllipseGeometry, even though only one animation was applied. A Storyboard is often the easiest way to apply multiple animations because these animations can be controlled by the same Storyboard. However, an easier way to apply a single animation to a property when using code is to use the BeginAnimation method. For an example, see Animate a Property Without Using a Storyboard.

Path Animation Sample
Animation Overview
Path Animation How-to Topics