Weekly Roundup

by Aaron Brethorst | April 27, 2013

Hi all, WWDC is upon us! And, if you didn’t buy tickets in the first two minutes, it sounds like you’re not going to be going. On the plus side of things, Apple will be posting session videos during the conference, so you’ll be able to learn all about what’s coming in iOS 7 and Mac OS X 10.9. (At least, I assume they’re both being announced.)

All the best,
Aaron

p.s. we’re still looking for more folks who’d like to be interviewed for our cocoa developer interview series. Please send us an email if you’re interested!


What We’re Reading

  • Facebook buys Parse – Parse promises this won’t affect their offerings. Here’s hoping this acquisition is more like Heroku than Sparrow.
  • The market for paid iOS apps isn’t dead – A cogent look at selling apps (for real money) on the App Store from Marco Arment.
  • Understanding App Store Pricing: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 – You should read these…Ok, let me rephrase that, drop everything and read these five blog posts from Apple’s Mark Jurewitz.

App of the Week: Distant Suns

Distant Suns

Distant Suns has been your personal guide to the cosmos since 1985. First on the desktop, now right in your hands. While others play games, you can travel to the stars.

Award-winning Distant Suns has the reputation of both having one of the most realistic displays of the night sky, while being one of the easiest to use astronomy apps for casual sky watchers as well as serious astronomers.

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Control of the Week: ChatHeads

ChatHeads

ChatHeads is a new feature in Facebook.app 6.0 where little bubbles appear in the iOS app when somebody sends you a message. It’s a nice little feature and uses very cool animations.

This project is an attempt to re-implement this feature and to figure out how the animations are done. I don’t support this project in a way to completely implement all features of ChatHeads. It should only illustrate how parts of ChatHeads are done.

ISC licensed.

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Weekly Roundup

iOSCombobox

iOSCombobox

Tries to faithfully replicate the “select” tag you see on web pages in Safari. Also incorporates UIPickerView for you so you don’t have to!

MIT licensed.

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JGProgressView

JGProgressView

JGProgressView is a UIProgressView subclass with an animated, OS X inspired ‘Indeterminate’ setting.
JGProgressView is fully customizable: The animation speed and animation direction can be adjusted at any time.
For better performance when using multiple JGProgressViews with equal bounds, animation direction and UIProgressViewStyle, the images used for the indeterminate animation can be shared between instances of JGProgressView by setting the “useSharedImaged” property to YES. An example scenario where you’d want to use shared images is when using a JGProgressView in a custom UITableViewCell.

JGProgressView is used in several Jailbreak Apps: ProTube, Bridge, ProTube Extension for YouTube.

MIT licensed.

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STTimeSlider

STTimeSlider

A custom component like UISegmentedControl highly customizable.

MIT licensed.

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JPSThumbnailAnnotation

JPSThumbnailAnnotation

A simple MapKit annotation view for displaying images with clean design and animations. It is 100% programmatically drawn.

MIT licensed.

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MZDayPicker

MZDayPicker

An iOS day picker to allow users to select date

MIT licensed.

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DMFilterView

DMFilterView

DMFilterView is a subclass of UIView, it look like a UITabBar but it much more lighter to implement. You just init it with an NSArray of strings and then attach it to your view. It provides some easy delegate and customization functions.

License unspecified.

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DeploydKit

DeploydKit

DeploydKit makes it easy to add a professional web backend to your iOS app with Deployd.

MIT licensed.

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LAWalkthrough

LAWalkthrough

A view controller class for iOS designed to simplify the creation of the walkthrough design pattern.

MIT licensed.

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LetterpressPopup

LetterpressPopup

A simple popup that flashes a message to the user through a cool animation that slightly expands the popup past its limit, waits, and then reverses back to nothing.

License unspecified.

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MLPPopupMenu

MLPPopupMenu

This is a menu designed to pop from below or from the top of a UIControl based element.

MIT licensed.

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GGFullScreenImageViewController

GGFullScreenImageViewController

Scales a UIImageView up to full screen size with a simple animation.

MIT licensed.

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SGBDrillDownController

SGBDrillDownController

A parent view controller for the iPad which manages a stack of controllers similarly to UINavigationController while keeping the top two controllers visible similarly to UISplitViewController.

MIT licensed.

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