Weekly Roundup

by Aaron Brethorst | April 20, 2013

Hi everyone, and welcome to our weekly roundup! I hope you enjoyed all of the developer interviews we’ve posted. If you didn’t have a chance to see them, I highly recommend checking them out!

  • Daniel Amitay – He had a top 25 app banned by Apple.
  • Jonathan Penn – Regular speaker at CocoaConf, and author of the upcoming Test iOS Apps with UI Automation.
  • Nick Lockwood – Creator of the most-favorited control on Cocoa Controls, iCarousel.
  • Tope Abayomi – Creator of App Design Vault.
  • Hon Cheng – Over 2,000,000 app downloads, and creator of the beautiful PaperFold control.

Know someone we should interview? Let us know at [email protected]!

All the best,
Aaron


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App of the Week: Travel Altimeter Lite

Travel Altimeter Lite


Our app of the week is Travel Altimeter Lite, a simple and beautifully-done app that shows you your elevation. I think the author really nailed the experience here, and is successful in the challenging exercise of not trying to do too much.

View your altitude or elevation on stunning landscapes that adjust with the time of day.

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Control of the Week: TSMessages

TSMessages

This framework provides an easy to use class to show little notification views on the top of the screen. (à la Tweetbot).

The notification moves from the top of the screen underneath the navigation bar and stays there for a few seconds, depending on the length of the displayed text. To dismiss a notification before the time runs out, the user can swipe it to the top or just tap it.

BSD licensed.

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WSCoachMarksView

WSCoachMarksView

WSCoachMarksView is an iOS drop-in class that displays user coach marks with a rectangular cutout over an existing UI. This approach leverages your actual UI as part of the onboarding process for your user. Simply define an array of rectangles (CGRect) and their accompanying captions.

MIT licensed.

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UIColor+MLPFlatColors

UIColor+MLPFlatColors

UIColor+MLPFlatColors is a category for UIColor that adds class methods to conveniently produce 20 new colors designed for flat or semi-flat interface designs. It also adds some methods for choosing a random color out of these new colors, and a macro for converting hex values to an RGB color.

Unlike the colors given by the default convenience methods in UIColor, these colors are more suitable as a foundation for real world themes.

MIT licensed.

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KBPopupBubble

KBPopupBubble

Twitter-style popup bubbles with dynamic, animated pointer arrows.

MIT licensed.

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BButton 2.0

BButton 2.0

Twitter Bootstrap (v2.3.1) Buttons for iOS.

Refactored and refined from mattlawer/BButton.

BSD licensed.

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YIDragScrollBar

YIDragScrollBar

Attaches draggable scroll bar on top of original UIScrollView for iOS5+, works like a charm.

License unspecified.

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JNWLabel

JNWLabel

A light-weight CATextLayer wrapper for OS X.

MIT licensed.

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DAAppsViewController

DAAppsViewController

DAAppsViewController is a simple way of displaying apps from the App Store in an aesthetically similar manner. The user is able to view each app’s App Store page by launching an instance of SKStoreProductViewController. Particularly useful for showing an app developer’s other apps.

MIT licensed.

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MVSelectorScrollView

MVSelectorScrollView

Simple Cocoa control that can be used as an alternative for UISegmentedControl in UIKit.

MIT licensed.

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DPTextField

DPTextField

A replacement for UITextField with loads of extras, including auto fill.

MIT licensed.

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KIPullToReveal

KIPullToReveal

Combine a search result’s UITableView with a MKMapView.

Just setup the KIPullToRevealViewController as a UITableViewController with the known delegate methods. Set pullToRevealDelegate to your desired delegate class. If the “Search” button is pressed, your pullToRevealDidSearchFor: selector will be fired containing the user’s search-text.

Feel free to fork and use this controller, if you make any changes useful for others, please feel free to make a pull request.

MIT licensed.

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DMX Dip

DMX Dip

A DMX Dip (switcher) for iOS usefull for adressing DMX devices.
A different toogle/switch control

Implementation example in an iPhone storyboard (binary <==> decimal)

Easy integration (external XIB/Class)
Getter method
Direct editing with keyboard
Toogles

Integration example

Apache 2.0 licensed.

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