Weekly Roundup, 01/09/12

Aaron Brethorst, January 09, 2012

Welcome to another Cocoa Controls weekly roundup! I hope your holidays were happy, safe and (occasionally) productive! We have another great batch of seven new iOS controls for your perusal.

All the best,



This week’s Control of the Week, JGMediaPicker is a terrific replacement for MPMediaPickerController. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had the misfortune of interacting with MPMediaPickerController before. It’s not a particularly fun experience, and I hope not to have to repeat it again any time soon. Having a more flexible alternative like Jamin’s JGMediaPicker just makes life that much more enjoyable.

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You’ve probably seen accordion-style views in the jQuery UI library, among other places before. They’re a handy way to conserve space, present an uncluttered UI to your users, and even liven up your UI with a little more pizazz. Wojtek Siudzinski’s AccordionView for iOS brings this experience to your iPhone apps. Apache 2.0 licensed.

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To be honest, I’m running out of unique ways to introduce new variants on the Path 2/Facebook 4 slide-out view controller doohickey paradigm. Tom Adriaenssen’s IIViewDeckController is another one of those, but it appears to be one of the best thought-out and feature rich versions around. MIT licensed.

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GLTapLabelDemo, from German Laullon, is a UILabel that allows you to tap words within it, kind of like you’d see in apps like (my current Twitter client) TweetBot. MIT licensed.

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AFPickerView a custom version of UIPickerView, which allows you to customize the background, shadow, and picker graphics. I’ve always felt like UIPickerView has tended to stand out like a sore thumb in most of my apps, and this looks like an easy way to fix that problem. BSD licensed.

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Scott White’s SWSnapshotStackView lets you adorn your images with matted borders, drop shadows and simulated stack of underlying photos. Very snazzy-looking. GPL licensed.

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Pier-Olivier Thibault’s PHRefreshTriggerView is an alternative implementation of the old and faithful pull-to-refresh concept. Its primary difference is that it uses a custom gesture recognizer to fire the pull-to-refresh behavior instead of hooking into your UIScrollView’s delegate methods. Well worth the look. Unspecified license, but I’ve opened an issue on GitHub asking Pier-Olivier to add a license.

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