Getting Started with Xamarin Parallax View (SfParallaxView)

19 May 202117 minutes to read

This section explains the steps required to configure the SfParallaxView control and add basic elements to it using various APIs.

Assembly deployment

After installing Essential Studio for Xamarin, you can find all the required assemblies in the installation folders, {Syncfusion Essential Studio Installed location} \Essential Studio\{Version #}\Xamarin\lib.

E.g.: C:\Program Files (x86) \Syncfusion\Essential Studio\19.1.0.54\Xamarin\lib

NOTE

Assemblies can be found in unzipped package location(Documents/Syncfusion/{Version #}/Xamarin/lib) in Mac.

Adding SfParallaxView reference

You can add SfParallaxView reference using one of the following methods:

Method 1: Adding SfParallaxView reference from nuget.org

Syncfusion Xamarin components are available in nuget.org. To add SfParallaxView to your project, open the NuGet package manager in Visual Studio, search for Syncfusion.Xamarin.SfParallaxView, and then install it.

Adding SfParallaxView reference from NuGet

NOTE

Install the same version of SfParallaxView NuGet in all the projects.

Method 2: Adding SfParallaxView reference from toolbox

Syncfusion also provides Xamarin Toolbox. Using this toolbox, you can drag the SfParallaxView control to the XAML page. It will automatically install the required NuGet packages and add the namespace to the page. To install Syncfusion Xamarin Toolbox, refer to Toolbox.

Method 3: Adding SfParallaxView assemblies manually from the installed location

If you prefer to manually reference the assemblies instead referencing from NuGet, add the following assemblies in respective projects.

Location: {Installed location}/{version}/Xamarin/lib

PCL Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms.dll
Syncfusion.Core.XForms.dll
Android Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms.Android.dll
Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms.dll
Syncfusion.Core.XForms.dll
Syncfusion.Core.XForms.Android.dll
iOS Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms.iOS.dll
Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms.dll
Syncfusion.Core.XForms.dll
Syncfusion.Core.XForms.iOS.dll
UWP Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms.UWP.dll
Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms.dll
Syncfusion.Core.XForms.dll
Syncfusion.Core.XForms.UWP.dll

NOTE

To know more about obtaining our components, refer to these links for Mac and Windows.

IMPORTANT

Starting with v16.2.0.x, if you reference Syncfusion assemblies from the trial setup or from the NuGet feed, you also have to include a license key in your projects. Please refer to Syncfusion license key to know about registering Syncfusion license key in your Xamarin application to use our components.

NOTE

If you are adding the references from toolbox, this step is not needed.

Launch an application in iOS

To launch the parallax view in iOS, call the SfParallaxViewRenderer.Init() method in the FinishedLaunching overridden method of the AppDelegate class after the Xamarin.Forms framework has been initialized and before the LoadApplication method is called as demonstrated in the following code sample.

  • c#
  • public override bool FinishedLaunching(UIApplication app, NSDictionary options)
        {
    
            global::Xamarin.Forms.Forms.Init();
            Syncfusion.XForms.iOS.ParallaxView.SfParallaxViewRenderer.Init();
            LoadApplication(new App());
    
        }

    Universal Windows Platform (UWP)

    You need to initialize the parallax view assemblies in App.xaml.cs in UWP project as demonstrated in the following code samples. This is required to deploy the application with parallax view in Release mode in UWP platform.

  • c#
  • // In App.xaml.cs
    
    protected override void OnLaunched(LaunchActivatedEventArgs e)
        {
            
        	rootFrame.NavigationFailed += OnNavigationFailed;
        
            // Add `using System.Reflection;`
            List<Assembly> assembliesToInclude = new List<Assembly>();
        
            // Now, add all the assemblies your app uses                 
            assembliesToInclude.Add(typeof(Syncfusion.XForms.UWP.ParallaxView.SfParallaxViewRenderer).GetTypeInfo().Assembly);
    		
            // Replaces Xamarin.Forms.Forms.Init(e);        
            Xamarin.Forms.Forms.Init(e, assembliesToInclude);	
                 
        }

    Android

    The Android platform does not require any additional configuration to render the parallax view.

    Initialize parallax view

    1. Import SfParallaxView control namespace as xmlns:parallax="clr-namespace:Syncfusion.XForms.ParallaxView;assembly=Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms in the XAML page.

    2. Set the SfParallaxView control as content to the ContentPage.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
        <ContentPage xmlns="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2014/forms"
            xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2009/xaml"
            xmlns:local="clr-namespace:ParallaxSample"
            xmlns:parallax="clr-namespace:Syncfusion.XForms.ParallaxView;assembly=Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms"
            x:Class="ParallaxSample.MainPage">
    
            <ContentPage.Content>
                <parallax:SfParallaxView />
            </ContentPage.Content>
    	
        </ContentPage>
    using Syncfusion.XForms.ParallaxView;
        using Xamarin.Forms;
    
        public class App : Application
            {
                public App()
                {
                    MainPage = new ParallaxSample.MainPage();
                }
    
            }
            
        public class MainPage : ContentPage
        {
            public MainPage()
            {
                InitializeComponent();
                SfParallaxView parallaxView = new SfParallaxView();
                this.Content = parallaxView;
            }
        }

    Add content to the parallax view

    Content

    The Content represents the background view of a parallax view. You can set any kind of view to the Content property such as Image and StackLayout.

    The following code sample demonstrates how to set the content property to the parallax view.

    <ContentPage xmlns="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2014/forms"
                 xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2009/xaml"
                 xmlns:local="clr-namespace:ParallaxSample"
                 xmlns:parallax="clr-namespace:Syncfusion.XForms.ParallaxView;assembly=Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms"
                 x:Class="ParallaxSample.MainPage">
          
        <ContentPage.Content>
            <Grid>            
            <parallax:SfParallaxView x:Name="parallaxview">
                <parallax:SfParallaxView.Content>
                    <Image Source="{Binding Image}" BackgroundColor="Transparent" HorizontalOptions="Fill" VerticalOptions="Fill" Aspect="AspectFill" />
                </parallax:SfParallaxView.Content>
            </parallax:SfParallaxView>       
            </Grid>
        </ContentPage.Content>
    	
        </ContentPage>
    using Syncfusion.XForms.ParallaxView;
        using Xamarin.Forms;
    
        public partial class MainPage : ContentPage
        {
            public MainPage()
            {
                InitializeComponent();
                BindingContext = new ParallaxViewModel();
            }
        }
    
        public class ParallaxViewModel
        {
            public ImageSource Image { get; set; }
    
            public ParallaxViewModel()
            {
                Image = ImageSource.FromResource("ParallaxSample.ParallaxGuitar1.png", typeof(MainPage).GetTypeInfo().Assembly);
            }
        }

    Bind source to the parallax view

    Source

    The Source represents the foreground view of the parallax view. The value of Source should be a scrollable content or the view which implements IParallaxView interface.

    As of now, the SfParallaxView supports the following controls directly. You can simply bind the control to the Source property.

    1. ScrollView
    2. SfListView
    3. SfRotator
    

    The following code sample demonstrates how to bind the SfListView to the Source property.

    <ContentPage xmlns="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2014/forms"
                 xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2009/xaml"
                 xmlns:local="clr-namespace:ParallaxSample"
                 xmlns:list="clr-namespace:Syncfusion.ListView.XForms;assembly=Syncfusion.SfListView.XForms"
                 xmlns:parallax="clr-namespace:Syncfusion.XForms.ParallaxView;assembly=Syncfusion.SfParallaxView.XForms"
                 x:Class="ParallaxSample.MainPage">
          
        <ContentPage.Content>
            <Grid>
              <parallax:SfParallaxView Source="{x:Reference Name = listview}" x:Name="parallaxview" >
                <parallax:SfParallaxView.Content>
                    <Image BackgroundColor="Transparent" Source="{Binding Image}" HorizontalOptions="Fill" VerticalOptions="Fill" Aspect="AspectFill" />
                </parallax:SfParallaxView.Content>
              </parallax:SfParallaxView>
         
                <list:SfListView x:Name="listview" ItemsSource="{Binding Items}" BackgroundColor="Transparent" ItemSize="100">
                    <list:SfListView.ItemTemplate>
                        <DataTemplate>
                            <ViewCell>
                                <Grid Padding="20,0,20,0" RowSpacing="50">                              
                                    <StackLayout BackgroundColor="Transparent" Grid.Column="1" Padding="0,0,0,0" VerticalOptions="CenterAndExpand" HorizontalOptions="StartAndExpand" Orientation="Vertical">
                                        <Label HorizontalOptions="Start" TextColor="White" Text="{Binding Name}" Font="25">
                                        </Label>
                                        <Label HorizontalOptions="Start" Text="{Binding Author}" TextColor="White">
                                        </Label>
                                    </StackLayout>                               
                                </Grid>
                            </ViewCell>
                        </DataTemplate>
                    </list:SfListView.ItemTemplate>
                </list:SfListView>
            </Grid>
        </ContentPage.Content>
    	
        </ContentPage>
    public partial class MainPage : ContentPage
        {
            public MainPage()
            {
                InitializeComponent();
                BindingContext = new ParallaxViewModel();
            }
        }
    
        public class ParallaxViewModel
        {
            public ImageSource Image { get; set; }
    
            public ObservableCollection<Contacts> Items { get; set; }
            public ParallaxViewModel()
            {
                Image = ImageSource.FromResource("ParallaxSample.ParallaxGuitar1.png", typeof(MainPage).GetTypeInfo().Assembly);
                Items = new ObservableCollection<Contacts>()
                {
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Thriller", Author = "Michael Jackson" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Like a Prayer", Author = "Madonna" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "When Doves Cry", Author = "Prince" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "I Wanna Dance", Author = "Whitney Houston" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "It’s Gonna Be Me", Author = "N Sync"},
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Everybody", Author = "Backstreet Boys"},
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Rolling in the Deep", Author = "Adele" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Don’t Stop Believing", Author = "Journey" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Billie Jean", Author = "Michael Jackson" },             
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Firework", Author = "Katy Perry"},               
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Thriller", Author = "Michael Jackson" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Like a Prayer", Author = "Madonna" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "When Doves Cry", Author = "Prince" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "I Wanna Dance", Author = "Whitney Houston" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "It’s Gonna Be Me", Author = "N Sync" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Everybody", Author = "Backstreet Boys" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Rolling in the Deep", Author = "Adele" },
                    new Contacts() { Name = "Don’t Stop Believing", Author = "Journey"},
                };
            }
        }
    
        public class Contacts
        {
            public string Name
            {
                get;
                set;
            }
            public string Author
            {
                get;
                set;
            }
        }

    NOTE

    The size of the Content view will automatically be stretched to the size of the Source view.

    SfParallaxView

    You can find the complete getting started sample from this link: Sample