PhotoView v1.1

As you may or not know, I released a small library as part of the work I did for photup (it was actually created before that) which contained an ImageView which could be scaled, dragged and double-tapped. Even though I released it onto GitHub about 2 months ago, I haven’t really maintained it since. Until now. I’ve spent a good few days improving it, making it better and easier to use, and I think I’ve achieved both in today’s release: v1.1.

Sample Application

I’ve uploaded the sample app to Google Play, meaning you can have a play with it easily.
Download on Google Play

Improving it

I’m not going to go too much into the technical details of how PhotoView has improved (you can look at the GitHub commit log for that), but I’ll outline some of the big points:

Easier to use

Previously PhotoView was a class which extended from ImageView, this allowed very easy access to the callbacks it needed (such as onTouchEvent(), setImageDrawable() & setFrame()). While it was easy for me to implement it this way, it’s not so easy for developers to actually use it. I’d be surprised if you don’t have a large hierarchy of ImageView derivatives in your projects already, so adding another into the mix isn’t very useful at all.

Thus, in v1.1, I decided to refactor the library so that it can work with any***** ImageView easily, and the result is PhotoViewAttacher. The usage of PhotoViewAttacher is actually very simple:

ImageView mImageView;
PhotoViewAttacher mAttacher;

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    // Any implementation of ImageView can be used!
    mImageView = (ImageView) findViewById(;

    // Set the Drawable displayed
    Drawable bitmap = getResources().getDrawable(R.drawable.wallpaper);

    // Attach a PhotoViewAttacher, which takes
    // care of all of the zooming functionality.
    mAttacher = new PhotoViewAttacher(mImageView);

// If you later call mImageView.setImageDrawable, etc
// then you just need to call

Doesn’t get much simpler than that! What actually happens when you create a PhotoViewAttacher is that it attaches a number of listeners to the ImageView:

And that’s it, everything else in the library is concerned with handling touch events, so have a dig in the code!
*any ImageView that doesn’t already have a View.OnTouchListener set on it