Monday, April 4, 2011

Inverted Android Button

Nothing complex. Just a few lines of code to invert your button. A horizontal flip of 180 degrees is pretty simple to achieve. If you want it with a specific angle, it might be a bit tricky.

Lets start with a creating a custom button class that extends the android Button class. Name it as

You will need to override it's onDraw() method to rotate the canvas, so that before any drawing is done, you rotate it by 180 degrees. To make the text-alignment perfect, you will also need to do a few calculations.
    protected void onDraw(Canvas canvas) {
        int left = getPaddingLeft();
        int top = getPaddingTop();
        int right = getPaddingRight();
        int bottom = getPaddingBottom();
        int width = getWidth() - left - right;
        int height = getHeight() - top - bottom;
        int saveCount = canvas.getSaveCount();
        canvas.translate(left + width / 2, top + height / 2);
        canvas.translate((-width / 2)-left, (-height / 2)-top);

There you go. You can now add this button anywhere in your XML layouts and you will always get an inverted button.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:orientation="vertical" android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    <Button android:text="Button" android:id="@+id/button1"
        android:layout_width="wrap_content" android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_gravity="center_horizontal|top" android:textStyle="bold"></Button>
        android:text="Button" android:id="@+id/button2" android:layout_width="wrap_content"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_gravity="center_horizontal|bottom"

You can find the source code here. Happy coding!!!!