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Mike Penz
Open SourceAndroid Developer and Backend Engineer
Open SourceAndroid Developer and Backend Engineer
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Introducing Shape Shifter v1.0, https://shapeshifter.design

For the past 2 months I've been working tirelessly on merging Shape Shifter and +Roman Nurik​ Android Icon Animator tool into a single web app. Today I am finally ready to release Shape Shifter v1.0, which provides the following features:

* Build layered vector graphics using groups, paths, and clip paths. (https://goo.gl/hHECgH)
* Create property animations for each individual layer and organize them via a timeline. (https://goo.gl/tvXukk)
* Edit the individual properties of each layer/property animation by hand and view how they affect the rendered result. (http://i.imgur.com/e8XqyDR.png)
* Create path morphing animations even if the path strings are incompatible. Shape Shifter will detect whether the path strings are incompatible and will prompt you to either “auto fix” the paths or to fix them by hand. (https://goo.gl/Qcw7Pe) Note that pretty much all of the functionality that existed in previous versions of this tool is hidden behind that “edit paths” button in the screenshot, so don’t miss it! :)
* Export the resulting animation to SVG, VectorDrawable, AnimatedVectorDrawable, and SVG spritesheet format (CSS keyframes coming soon).

In addition to these features, Shape Shifter can also be used as a SVG-to-VectorDrawable converter (better than most of the existing conversion tools out there IMO).

It is also a great educational tool for teaching Android developers about AnimatedVectorDrawables (i.e. the layers make up the VectorDrawable specified in the <animated-vector android:drawable=“…”> attribute and the animation blocks are the AVD’s <target> nodes).

There are several demos available to try under “File” —> “Demo”. If you want to create your own icon animations, I recommend downloading/importing some SVGs from https://material.io/icons/ and seeing what you can come up with.

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting more documentation/videos illustrating how to use the tool. Until then, I would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions/ideas for further improving the tool!

Live version: https://shapeshifter.design
Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/2aq3ljlnQdI
Source code: https://github.com/alexjlockwood/ShapeShifter
Intro to icon animations: https://goo.gl/tSQ3pj
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Android Library for Async Data Loading and Caching:

https://github.com/NYTimes/Store
NYTimes/Store
NYTimes/Store
github.com
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Open source is one of the best experiences I have done in my life. It is so great to be able to give something back to the community, and learn from code others have written, and contributed to your project.

It is also always great to see others also start to do open source.

Check out this project. I am sure there will be some additional cool features in the near future!

https://github.com/GreaseMonk/android-timetable-core
https://github.com/GreaseMonk/SpannableBar

+Wiebe Geertsma
Hello everyone, I'd like to post my (first) github repo for android, SpannableBar.

SpannableBar is a Grid-style spannable bar, that is useful when you need a way to span a bar over columns. The view allows you to set the starting column, the span, the number of columns, and more.

If you have any tips please do PM me. Thank you!

https://github.com/GreaseMonk/SpannableBar
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Android Studio 2.3 canary is now available, with many new features and fixes -- see the release notes for more:
http://tools.android.com/recent/androidstudio23canaryavailable

And here are some more details on the new lint features:
http://tools.android.com/tech-docs/lint-in-studio-2-3
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New Android Wear Developer Preview 3

Today we are launching the Google Play Store on Android Wear in the third developer preview for Android Wear 2.0. In addition, we are releasing a number of enhancements including updates to the Complications API, launching the new WearableRecyclerView to better take advantage of circular displays when displaying vertical lists, inline actions for notifications, Smart Reply as well as fixes for a number of bugs you helped us identify (theatre mode anyone?). Let us know what you think and please send us your feedbacks!

Read more here: goo.gl/l27GJz

#AndroidWear
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Awesome. +Jan-Lk Else just open sourced his great NewsCatchr application written in Kotlin.
Check it out here: https://github.com/jlelse/NewsCatchr-OpenSource

Not only is it an awesome app, but it also uses the FastAdapter which will hit the 1000 stars mark on GitHub soon.

https://github.com/mikepenz/FastAdapter
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