Xamarin.Tips – Create Your Own Star Wars Intro Text!

Here’s a fun one – let’s make a Xamarin.Forms page that looks like the Star Wars intro scrolling text! I also put the source up here: https://github.com/SuavePirate/StarWarsPage

Here’s the XAML for the page:

StarWarsPage.xaml

<?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:StarWarsPage"              x:Class="StarWarsPage.MainPage">
    <Grid>
        <Image Source="starwarsintrobg.jpg" Aspect="AspectFill" HorizontalOptions="Fill" VerticalOptions="Fill"/>
        <ScrollView x:Name="TextScrollView" Orientation="Vertical" RotationX="24" Padding="16,800">
            <Label x:Name="Text" Text="{StaticResource StarWarsText}" TextColor="Yellow" FontAttributes="Bold" FontSize="30" HorizontalOptions="Fill"/>
        </ScrollView>
    </Grid>
    <ContentPage.Resources>
        <ResourceDictionary>
            <x:String x:Key="StarWarsText">
                It is a period of civil war.
Rebel spaceships, striking
from a hidden base, have won
their first victory against
the evil Galactic Empire.

During the battle, Rebel
spies managed to steal secret
plans to the Empire's
ultimate weapon, the DEATH
STAR, an armored space
station with enough power
to destroy an entire planet.

Pursued by the Empire's
sinister agents, Princess
Leia races home aboard her
starship, custodian of the
stolen plans that can save her
people and restore
freedom to the galaxy....

            </x:String>
        </ResourceDictionary>
    </ContentPage.Resources>
</ContentPage>

The important part here is the RotationX value on the ScrollView. This is going to set the backwards tilt of the scroll. To break down the other parts that make this up – We have a static String resource to use as the text for the intro. In this case I’m using the crawl text from A New Hope. We also wrap the whole thing in a Grid so that we can set up the background Image element.

Now we get a cool view that the user can scroll through at their own reading pace!

StarWars

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