We are glad to release OpenAphid-Engine v0.1.1, which adds multitouch support and fixes several issues about touch handling. The detailed change log is following:

  • Supports multitouch events: adds multipleTouchEnabled attribute to Director
  • Adds userInteractionEnabled attribute to Node
  • Fixes incorrect values of event.touches and event.targetTouches in ontouchend callback
  • Adds a new constructor function to Color: new Color(color, [alpha])

Basics of Touch Event Handling

Any instances of the Node class can be the EventTarget of touch events in OpenAphid-Engine. This is different from cocos2d-iphone, in which CCLayer is usually the target of touch event.

Several attributes affect how a node handles touch events: multipleTouchEnabled of the Director class; userInteractionEnabled, visible, touchEnabled, and contentSize of the Node class.

Flow of Touch Event

The flow of a touch event goes through 2 phases: hit-testing and event bubbling.


When a touch happens on the device screen, OpenAphid-Engine follows the routine below to locate its event target:

  1. Hit-testing is used to find the sub-node of the running scene that is under a touch. This method proceeds recursively on each node in the node hierarchy.

  2. Hit-testing fails on a node and doesn’t proceed on its children if either userInteractionEnabled or visible is false.

  3. The testing fails on a node but proceeds on its children if its touchEnabled is false

  4. If the contentSize if a node is zero, hit-testing is delegated to its children nodes; otherwise it proceeds when the touch took place inside the rectangle area defined by the contentSize.

  5. A node becomes the event target when it meets the following conditions: its contentSize is not zero and the touch location is inside it; hit-testing fails on any of its children but succeeds on it.

Event Bubbling

Once the event target of a touch is found by hit-testing, a touch event object is passed to its callback functions, and bubbling up to its ancestors of which touchEnabled is true. event.stopPropagation can be used to stop bubbling.

Interfaces of Touch Event

The APIs of touch event handling in OpenAphid-Engine are implemented to follow the specification of W3C DOM Touch Event Version 1. There are already lots of guides about handling touches in DOM, which can be used as references for OpenAphid-Engine too. We’ve updated the Demos of OpenAphid-Engine to include a TouchTest application, which demonstrates three scenarios of touch handling:

  • Handling a single touch event to drag a sprite.

  • Handling multitouch events to move multiple sprites.

  • Detecting pinch gesture to zoom in/out a sprite.

Please checkout the Demos project for more details. We’re also going to implement gesture detection APIs in the future.