Animation is one of the greatest parts about building (and using) iOS apps. The APIs however, can feel a bit scattered. UIView's animation functions are wonderful, but some animations require using Core Animation directly.

When they do, things get progressively more complex depending on if we need to run multiple animations in succession, or just run code after an animation completes.

Today we'll look at a great library from Marin Todorov called EasyAnimation that improves on all of this. Let's dive in:

EasyAnimation makes animating CALayers that normally would require CABasicAnimation (or one of its siblings) work with the standard UIView.animateWithDuration functions:

UIView.animateWithDuration(0.3, animations: {
  self.view.layer.position.y = 64.0

Under the hood, EasyAnimation does all the heavy lifting of translating our animations back into CAAnimation code and handling all of the implementation details for us. Neat!

Normally, if we wanted to run code after one the animations on a CALayer finished, we'd need to wire up an animation delegate, implement the callback functions, make sure to clean up after ourselves, etc.

With EasyAnimation though, we're able to just use the normal completion closure.

  delay: 0.1,
  options: [.BeginFromCurrentState],
  animations: {
  self.view.layer.borderWidth = 2.0
  self.view.layer.cornerRadius = 12.0
}, completion: { finished in

Last but certainly not least, EasyAnimation makes "chaining" multiple animations together (running one after another) extremely convenient. It also supports cancelling the chain, repeating, delays and more:

let chain = UIView.animateAndChainWithDuration(0.3, animations: { =
}).animateWithDuration(0.2, animations: {
  self.headerView.alpha = 1.0

More info about EasyAnimation can be found at