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    Unhappy Draw Animation

    Hi! I'm currently using Java for a simple game (card game). But I have a lot of trouble with animating the elements. Right now, I want a simple 'draw card' animation. I am using Swing and NetBeans form designer. I used null layout then add a panel called "playerDrawPath". This panel is a vertically oriented panel [110, 430]. When a function is called, this panel should add a label (it's a label without text, just image) to itself. Then the label should animate bit by bit changing it's bounds lower the frame. When the bottom is reached, the panel should clear it's contents (which in my case, the only content is the label that holds the image of the card). But when I click the deck, the card won't animate (nor appear on the panel). What's wrong?

    Java Code:
        int bottom = 2;
        private void
                drawAnim(int position)
            java.awt.Rectangle rectangle;
            javax.swing.JLabel lblBack = new javax.swing.JLabel();
            lblBack.setIcon(new javax.swing.ImageIcon(getClass().getResource("/Resources/gallery/DECK_BACK.png").getPath()));
            if (position == top) {
            } else if (position == bottom) {
                for (int count = 0; count < playerDrawPath.getHeight(); count++) {
                    rectangle = lblBack.getBounds();
                    lblBack.setBounds(lblBack.getBounds().x, lblBack.getBounds().y + count, lblBack.getWidth(), lblBack.getHeight());
                    try {
                        System.out.println ("set bounds"); // check if the program reaches this code.
                        Thread.sleep (50);
                    } catch (InterruptedException ie) {
            } else if (position == left) {
            } else {
    Then when the deck has been clicked:
    Java Code:
         private void playerDeckMouseClicked(java.awt.event.MouseEvent evt) {                                            
            // TODO add your handling code here:
    So far the code reaches the System.out.println() statement. But still it doesn't show or even animate the card. Why? What should I do?
    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Bryan_James; 07-17-2016 at 10:04 AM. Reason: added status checking

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    Default Re: Draw Animation

    Can you make a small, simple program that compiles, executes and shows the problem?
    If you don't understand my response, don't ignore it, ask a question.

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    Default Re: Draw Animation

    It looks to me like you are doing that on the Swing thread (properly known as the Event Dispatch Thread, or EDT).

    This is the thread that Swing uses to pass event information around.
    By doing all your animation work in this thread (including your sleep()) the EDT never gets a chance to actually do any of the drawing.

    Your animation should launch its own thread (possibly SwingTimer?) on which the calculations are done, and that then tells your GUI to repaint().
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