Animated Windows System UI Example

Learn how to animate windows to appear and disappear.

The Animated Windows example with two applications running.


This example shows you how to animate windows to appear and disappear, in a System UI.

Prerequisites: You're already familiar with the concepts and topics introduced in the "Hello World!" System UI Example.

Unlike with the Hello World example, most Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) avoid making sudden, abrupt, changes as they can confuse the user and are not visually pleasant. So, when the WindowManager creates a new WindowObject, we want to animate its appearance instead of simply having it pop up on the screen. Likewise, once a WindowObject loses its surface - because the application closed this window or stopped altogether - and is removed from the WindowManager's model, we want to animate its disappearance instead of having it vanish immediately.

If you're using a ready-made, advanced layout such as ListView, you can assign Transitions to different actions like add, remove, displaced, and so on, and keep using WindowManager as your model. But in many situations this is not the case. Instead, you have to create your own model, such as a ListModel, so that a WindowObject only leaves the model when you have finished animating its delegate's disappearance. This example showcases this technique.

The Windows Model

The model we use to instantiate our windows is the key point in this example.

Instead of using WindowManager directly as our model we use a plain ListModel:

    Repeater {
        model: ListModel { id: windowsModel }

        delegate: Rectangle {

We remove a WindowObject from that model only after it has reached its end state: WindowObject.NoSurface and is no longer being shown on screen; any state transition has already finished.

            readonly property bool safeToRemove: fullyDisappeared && model.window && model.window.contentState === WindowObject.NoSurface
            onSafeToRemoveChanged: if (safeToRemove) windowsModel.remove(model.index, 1)

Then, we add a WindowObject to it, and display it on screen as soon as WindowManager creates a WindowObject.

    Connections {
        target: WindowManager
        onWindowAdded: windowsModel.append({"window":window})

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