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Comment on "Variations on NanoLife"
by Scott Stevenson — Mar 14
@Patrick Geiller: I've played around with NanoLife and hit problems when using layers in 3d

There's actually a "sphereContainer" sublayer that holds all of the floating orbs. I'm not sure what the exact effect was that you were going for, I changed this line in your copy of the source:

mainLayer.sublayerTransform = transform;

To this:

sphereContainer.sublayerTransform = transform;

And it looks a lot better. I think Core Animation is actually doing exactly what you're asking. The NSView's backing layer had the sublayerTransform applied, so the sphereContainer layer was floating out in space.
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