MightyTabBar is a customizable tab bar that doubles as a menu drawer. Instead of being limited to 5 tab bar items, MightyTabBar allows your app to have many more tab bar items, all positioned within the thumb zone and easily accessible via swipe up.
The original tab bar has always been one of the best UI controls for navigation. It's simple, clear and easy to reach on a mobile device. However, one of the main issues with it is the limited space it affords. The current solution uses a 'More...' tab item to reveal a list of additional menu items, often on another screen. Another solution has been the dreaded hamburger menu, of which there have been many, many, many articles written about.
MightyTabBar is a simple solution to this. It uses a UI element which we are all familliar with (the tab bar) and combines it with another UI element we've probably come across before - the card or drawer UI. Drawers are used in apps like Music, Maps and Uber to display more information about an activity in the main view. Combining the tab bar and drawer allows MightyTabBar to have the best of both worlds - a simple, familliar navigation control which can be expanded to show additional tab bar items.
Some ideas for the future of MightyTabBar: • Allow drag and drop to reposition tab bar items • Indicators for selected tab bar items below the fold • Better iPad support • Better horizontal layout support • Testing! 😅 • Refactor to use SwiftUI
As always, if you like where this project is going, please feel free to suggest new features, fixes, improvements and maybe even contribute if you can!