Weekly Roundup

by Aaron Brethorst | February 16, 2013

Hello everyone, and welcome to our weekly roundup! Ever wondered what it takes to get a top-rated control here on Cocoa Controls? Tope Abayomi, the creator of App Design Vault, had a guest post on our blog last week that gives six great tips on getting a lot of visibility here on our site. Take a look!

Also, I want to thank HelpShift for sponsoring our weekly roundup again. If you need to add support features to your native apps, I highly recommend checking them out.

Until next time,
Aaron

p.s. If you’re interested in guest posting on our blog or sponsoring the roundup, please drop us a line!


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App of the Week: Living Earth

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Just last night, I was playing around with Living Earth, a stunningly beautiful clock and weather app built around a 3D model of the Earth. Accordingly, I was delighted to discover that the creators of the app are readers of Cocoa Controls, and that they use ShareKit in their application.

Enjoy a stunning live 3D simulation of our planet with global weather, forecasts and world clock for cities around the world. View live global cloud patterns, hurricanes and tropical storms. Explore and experience amazing weather dynamics on our planet with real-time 3D weather maps and typhoon and hurricane tracking. Living Earth is the best and most beautiful World Clock, Weather and Alarm available for your iPhone and iPad!

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Control of the Week: REActivityViewController

REActivityViewController

Open source alternative to UIActivityViewController, highly customizable and compatible with iOS 5.0. It allows to create custom activities with ease, you control their appearance and behavior and no longer restricted to single-color icons as with the default UIActivity.

Out of the box activities include:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • VKontakte
  • Tumblr (using XAuth)
  • Message
  • Mail
  • Open in Safari
  • Save to Pocket
  • Send to Instapaper
  • Save to Readability
  • Save to Album
  • Open in Maps
  • Print
  • Copy

All activities are compatible with iOS 5.0.


MIT licensed.

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Weekly Roundup

ACVRangeSelector

ACVRangeSelector

A range selector control for iOS, similar to UISlider but with three handles.

MIT licensed.

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EKNotifView

EKNotifView

A Simple, easily customizable, lightweight notification system for iOS Apps.

MIT licensed.

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CNSplitView

CNSplitView

CNSplitView is an feature enhanced derivative of NSSplitView. It has support for sticky top or bottom toolbars for each of its subviews.

MIT licensed.

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SocialAccounts

SocialAccounts

SocialAccounts is an iOS framework that provides an easy way to manage social network accounts

Apache 2.0 licensed.

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URBSegmentedControl

URBSegmentedControl

URBSegmentedControl is a more flexible alternative to the default UISegmentedControl available in UIKit that offers easier customization and more options for layout orientations with titles and images. However, much of the same functionality and API methods that are available in UISegmentedControl are also available in URBSegmentedControl, making it an easier drop-in replacement within your own projects.

MIT licensed.

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YouTube Search Example

YouTube Search Example

A demo application which makes use of the open YouTube search JSON API. The app showcases good practices like using data models for consuming JSON and advanced techniques for creating 2 column iOS layout.

Comes with a full code-walk-trough at: http://www.touch-code-magazine.com/how-to-make-a-youtube-app-using-mgbox-and-jsonmodel/

MIT licensed.

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DMWebBrowserViewController

DMWebBrowserViewController

A simple web browser view controller instantiated with view blocks.

Custom licensed.

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MNMRemoteImageView

MNMRemoteImageView

MNMRemoteImageView is a simple drop-in replacement for UIImageView that asynchronously shows an image downloaded from an URL. You can use the control as a regular UIImageView.

BSD licensed.

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LDGradientButton

LDGradientButton

LDGradientButton is meant to be a replacement for the Apple stock UIButton. It can easily be created either programmatically or with the Storyboard. It also supports the UIAppearence protocol for setting the tint color.

MIT licensed.

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RNThemeManager

RNThemeManager

Manage themes for iOS apps in an easily changeable, designer friendly, plist. Create themes inherited from a base theme. Notify your app’s views of theme changes for real-time theme swapping.

MIT licensed.

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REDRangeSlider

REDRangeSlider

Two-thumbed slider.

MIT licensed.

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MLPAutoCompleteTextField

MLPAutoCompleteTextField

MLPAutoCompleteTextField is a subclass of UITextField that behaves like a typical UITextField with one notable exception: it manages a drop down table of autocomplete suggestions that update as the user types.

MIT licensed.

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MLPSpotlight

MLPSpotlight

MLPSpotlight is a UIView subclass created to display a spotlight effect over a specific point on the screen in a convenient manner.

MIT licensed.

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CSColorizedProgressView

CSColorizedProgressView

CSColorizedProgressView is a type of progress view that transitions a grayscale image to a full-color image.

MIT licensed.

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Toast

Toast

Toast is an Objective-C category that adds Android-style toast notifications to the UIView object class. It is intended to be simple, lightweight, and easy to use.

MIT licensed.

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