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MatrixAnimationUsingPath.DoesRotateWithTangent Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the object rotates along the tangent of the path.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Media.Animation
Assembly:  PresentationCore (in PresentationCore.dll)

public bool DoesRotateWithTangent { get; set; }
<object DoesRotateWithTangent="bool" .../>

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the object will rotate along the tangent of the path; otherwise, false. The default is false.

Identifier field


Metadata properties set to true


Use property when you want the animated object to appear to "slide" along the animation path.

This example shows how to use a MatrixAnimationUsingPath and a MatrixTransform to rotate (pivot) an object along a geometric path defined by a PathGeometry object.

The following example uses the MatrixAnimationUsingPath object to animate the Matrix property of a MatrixTransform. The MatrixTransform is applied to a button and causes it to move along a curved path. Because the DoesRotateWithTangent property is set to true, the rectangle rotates along the tangent of the path.

  mc:Ignorable="PresentationOptions" Margin="20">
  <Canvas Width="400" Height="400">

    <!-- The Button that is animated across the screen by animating
         the MatrixTransform applied to the button. -->
    <Button MinWidth="100" Content="A Button">
        <MatrixTransform x:Name="ButtonMatrixTransform">
          <MatrixTransform.Matrix >
            <Matrix />
        <EventTrigger RoutedEvent="Button.Loaded">
              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

    /// <summary>
    /// Shows how to animate an object along
    /// a geometric path.
    /// </summary>
    public class MatrixAnimationUsingPathDoesRotateWithTangentExample : Page

        public MatrixAnimationUsingPathDoesRotateWithTangentExample()
            this.Margin = new Thickness(20);

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

            // Create a button.
            Button aButton = new Button();
            aButton.MinWidth = 100;
            aButton.Content = "A Button";

            // Create a MatrixTransform. This transform
            // will be used to move the button.
            MatrixTransform buttonMatrixTransform = new MatrixTransform();
            aButton.RenderTransform = buttonMatrixTransform;

            // Register the transform's name with the page
            // so that it can be targeted by a Storyboard.
            this.RegisterName("ButtonMatrixTransform", buttonMatrixTransform);

            // Create a Canvas to contain the button
            // and add it to the page.
            // Although this example uses a Canvas,
            // any type of panel will work.
            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 MatrixAnimationUsingPath to move the
            // button along the path by animating
            // its MatrixTransform.
            MatrixAnimationUsingPath matrixAnimation =
                new MatrixAnimationUsingPath();
            matrixAnimation.PathGeometry = animationPath;
            matrixAnimation.Duration = TimeSpan.FromSeconds(5);
            matrixAnimation.RepeatBehavior = RepeatBehavior.Forever;

            // Set the animation's DoesRotateWithTangent property
            // to true so that rotates the rectangle in addition
            // to moving it.
            matrixAnimation.DoesRotateWithTangent = true;

            // Set the animation to target the Matrix property
            // of the MatrixTransform named "ButtonMatrixTransform".
            Storyboard.SetTargetName(matrixAnimation, "ButtonMatrixTransform");
                new PropertyPath(MatrixTransform.MatrixProperty));

            // Create a Storyboard to contain and apply the animation.
            Storyboard pathAnimationStoryboard = new Storyboard();

            // Start the storyboard when the button is loaded.
            aButton.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. An easier way to apply a single animation to a property in code is to use the BeginAnimation method. For an example, see How to: Animate a Property Without Using a Storyboard.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.