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Animating Series

This topic provides information on how to animate Series for both 2D and 3D chart types.

Expanded 2D Animated Charts

In the 2D chart types, there are two approaches to providing an animation effect for the series:

  • all series can be animated simultaneously using the built-in animation effect;
  • the animation effect can be specified for each series individually.

To animate all series and/or Series Points within a chart using the built-in animation effect (depends on a given series type), specify the chart animation mode using the ChartControl.AnimationMode property.


To obtain the list of all animations that are available for a given series, use the Series.GetPredefinedSeriesAnimationKinds and Series.GetPredefinedPointAnimationKinds methods.

To animate a specific series using a custom effect, assign an animation to its SeriesAnimation property (e.g., AreaSeries2D.SeriesAnimation).

The following is a list of animation effects that are available for the AreaSeries2D view type:

The image below shows the Area2DUnwindAnimation effect in action.


For a real-world example on how to animate a chart series, see the following tutorial.

To customize the animation effect, you can use the following properties.

Member Description
Series.AnimationAutoStartMode Specifies the automatic start mode for the Animation. This is a dependency property.
AnimationBase.BeginTime Specifies the time when the Animation is started. This is a dependency property.
AnimationBase.Duration Specifies the duration of the Animation. This is a dependency property.
AnimationBase.EasingFunction Specifies the easing function for the Animation. This is a dependency property.

Expanded 3D Animated Charts

To animate a series of the 3D chart type, add a trigger to a series Triggers collection, which will start the series animation in response to the chart's Loaded event.

The following image shows the BarSideBySideSeries3D chart type animation.


For a real-world example on how this can be done, see the following tutorial.

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