Weekly Roundup

by Aaron Brethorst | February 09, 2013

Welcome to our weekly roundup! We have a bunch of cool stuff for you this week, ranging from a TechCrunch-featured app that draws heavily from Cocoa Controls, to a beautiful new calendar component from Square, and a ton of other great content.

Speaking of apps…Have you added your apps to the site, yet? Authors love to know who uses their controls, and we love to be able to feature great new apps that take advantage of the rich open source content available to iOS developers. Find the controls your app uses, and add them by clicking the "I use this control" button.

All the best,
Aaron


Commercial Controls Update: MTDirectionsKit

New version: MTDirectionsKit

MTDirectionsKit

Matthias Tretter, released an update for his feature rich directions-mapping framework, MTDirectionsKit, this past week. Check it out!



MTDirectionsKit is a framework to draw routes inside your iOS App on top of MKMapView.

MTDirectionsKit is a full-featured, easy to use solution to show directions in your App, directly on top of MKMapView. Not only will your users thank you for not throwing them out of your App, it will also distinguish your App from all the others that don’t offer this functionality.

See a full list of changes on the website.


App of the Week: Moped

Moped

On Friday, I saw a post on TechCrunch about an iOS app that sounded strangely familiar to me. This app, Moped, rung a bell for me from somewhere, although I couldn’t place where I knew it from. It was only when I was browsing through the newly submitted apps on the site that it finally struck me! Moped, this Ron Conway-backed, ‘better than Twitter’ messaging app, had appeared on Cocoa Controls, and used no less than six open source components featured on the site.

I tend not to agree with TechCrunch on most things, but I will heartily agree with them here: check out Moped, our latest app of the week!

View on Cocoa Controls


Control of the Week

TimesSquare

TimesSquare

TimesSquare is a library to display a calendar in a view in your iPhone or iPad app. We wrote it after searching high and low for a better way and finding none.

Apache 2.0 licensed.

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Weekly Roundup

JNWAnimatableWindow

JNWAnimatableWindow

Custom NSWindow animations use a CALayer.

MIT licensed.

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QBFlatButton

QBFlatButton

Flat Style UIButton

MIT licensed.

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WHMessageActivities

WHMessageActivities

UIActivity is an awesome API for sharing content with built-in iOS services. It’s really easy to share via email and text message with the built-in activities, but for one really fatal flaw: Apple’s API doesn’t allow for customizing content specific to the built-in activities.

Take MFMailComposeViewController: incredibly useful, except that there’s no API for setting the subject and adding attachments. Another example: The text you put on there for a Tweet might be different from the text you put into a text message. But there’s no API to be able to specify special text for the text message.

WHTextActivity and WHMailActivity are UIActivity subclasses that allow you to use these powerful controllers, but be able to customize their content.

BSD licensed.

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QBRefreshControl

QBRefreshControl

An abstract base class for creating a refresh control.

MIT licensed.

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QBImagePickerController

QBImagePickerController

A clone of the UIImagePickerController with multiple selection feature.

MIT licensed.

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action-sheet-blocks

action-sheet-blocks

Category of UIActionSheet that offers a completion handler to listen to interaction. This avoids the need of the implementation of the delegate pattern.

BSD licensed.

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TRVSNavigationControllerTransition

TRVSNavigationControllerTransition

Push/Pop transition for entire UINavigationController views.

The photo is using pushViewControllerWithNavigationControllerTransition:. Now, by using multiple layers we can keep the navigationBar visible in the current view until the transition completes. Keep an eye on the navigation bar.

MIT licensed.

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CPTextViewPlaceholder

CPTextViewPlaceholder

A subclass of UITextView which simulates the effect of an actual placeholder as in UITextField.

When the placeholder is active the cursor remains at the beginning of the text, making it impossible to change its position, select, copy or modify the text, paste text and autocorrect support as in UITextField.

Tested on iOS 5.x and iOS 6.×.

MIT licensed.

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QBPopupMenu

QBPopupMenu

A popup menu for iOS without using image files.

MIT licensed.

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UIBAlertView

UIBAlertView

Basic UIAlertView functionality with block callback. Enjoy :]

http://stavash.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/quick-tip-uialertview-with-a-block-callback/

BSD licensed.

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LAVersion

LAVersion

LAVersion automatically check if there is a new version for your app in the App Store (with delegate or not, with message or not and for ARC and non-ARC projects).

MIT licensed.

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MNMToast

MNMToast

MNMToast is a way to show non-intrusive floating texts at the bottom of the current view. It manages a queue of toast entities, showing a floating view with a text that will be shown at the bottom of the current view of the application window’s root view controller.

BSD licensed.

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AAMFeedback

AAMFeedback

Library that you can add Feedback form in your app on the fly.

AAMFeedback provides an issue selector and automatically embeds device type, OS, and app info.

BSD licensed.

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MKStoreKit

MKStoreKit

In-App Purchases StoreKit for iOS devices.
MKStoreKit is the best framework for implementing In-App purchases in any iOS app today. It’s highly configurable and supports a variety of business model.
ARC and iOS 5+

MIT licensed.

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F3Stepper

F3Stepper

“Flipping” value stepper, similar to the font size selection controls found in iWorks and elsewhere. Easily wired into existing applications using IB and normal control events. Features customizable colors, fonts, value display, and more.

BSD licensed.

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BFWindow

BFWindow

A NSWindow subclass that allows you to apply Core Animation effects to itself.

BSD licensed.

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SOPinnerActivity

SOPinnerActivity

SOPinnerActivity is a UIActivity subclass to save bookmarks to Pinner which are then uploaded to the user’s Pinboard.in account.

MIT licensed.

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