Yosemite animations

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by beosound3200, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. beosound3200 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2010
    just a quick question. how would you characterise animations in yosemite as opposed to mavericks. are the new animations smoother frame-wise, ios 7 like? i was always curious how could a mobile phone have better, smoother, nicer looking animations than a desktop pc 10 times more powerful. is it about coreanimation or what?
  2. Osullivan1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2011
    I've wondered the same thing, but I usually come to the conclusion that Apple feels they don't need as fancy animations for OS X, and in a lot of places, I agree.

    They are adding more effects in Yosemite though, I'm interested to see how far they go since even the radio buttons and checkboxes are animated now, haha
  3. beosound3200 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2010
    its not actually about the number of different animations, its about fluidity. i dont think they are rendered in 60fps in mavericks, even dragging windows around seems 25fps-ish... finder and safari opening, preview opening and closing, finder scrolling, its not nearly as fluid as in ios 7...

    i know, i know... first world problems
  4. bennibeef macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2013
    Funny thing is, things like dragging windows, scrolling is actually 60fps at most parts and in most "good" developed applications. Apple is pushing always on WWDC sessions the right way to get smooth scrolling at 60fps with minimal CPU cost.

    You can also test this on Mavericks if you are using Quartz debug for example from Apple (xCode developer tools) and start scrolling or dragging things around you see it go to 60fps
  5. Merode macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2013
    Warszawa, Poland
    I would give much to have fluid maximize animations.

    On late 2013 rMBP (2.4, 8, 256) maximizing iMovie (not going fullscreen) is like 2-3 frames TOTAL. I hate it so much..

    Scrolling is in contrast super smooth, unless you're viewing Faces screen in iPhoto which scrolls in epic 2-5 FPS. :)
  6. infernohellion macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2006
    The last time I saw 60fps animation on OS X was on PowerPC-based systems.
  7. Osullivan1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2011
    Hmm dunno, looks pretty smooth on my copy of Yosemite, cba to log back onto Mavericks to compare, but I've not noticed any huge difference. Going full screen in apps still doesn't look anywhere near as smooth as opening apps on iOS.

    I dunno, would it slow the mac down as a whole if they increased the frame rate by a significant amount? Maybe in a later DP/beta they'll update it... hopefully :)
  8. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2014
    As reported by quartz graphic tools FPS meter:

    slow short scrolling*: 30FPS
    continuous or fast scrolling*: 47-60FPS
    changing desktop (scrolling through) with open safari window: 33-45FPS (stutters a bit)
    dragging windows: 50-60FPS
    going back from full screen: 45FPS
    minimizing safari(genie effect): 38FPS (feels smooth)
    mazimizing safari(genie effect): 45FPS
    going back from mission control: 45FPS

    *full screen scrolling is probably faster.

    That's on MBA from sig.
  9. pickaxe macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2012
    Wow, thanks a lot. I've always wondered about these - some have always seemed to have a low fps count to me.

    iOS also has plenty of things like that - like swiping between Springboard pages and especially horizontal swiping in the app switcher.

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