Weekly Roundup

Aaron Brethorst, May 28, 2012

Hi everyone, and welcome to our latest weekly roundup. We have a pair of projects for you from Synthetic, the makers of Hipstamatic, and another pair from Derek Yang, including our control of the week.

We’re only two weeks from the start of WWDC, and if you’re lucky enough to be going this year, I highly recommend reading Jeff LaMarche’s comprehensive guide on the event.



A simple, flexible iOS rating view control similar to the one used in Apple’s App Store app. New BSD licensed.

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A custom UISegmentedControl that supports custom colors. MIT licensed.

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Our control of the week, DYNavigationController, from Derek Yang (check out his blog, it’s great), is a Backboard inspired iOS control that enables navigation among UIViews based on swipe gestures.

With DYNavigationController, one can simply push and pop UIViews by swiping left or right. It makes it easy to create chromeless iOS apps. New BSD licensed.

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A Pinterest-like masonry view for iOS. Supports asynchronously loading images. MIT licensed.

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Simple paging scroll view to make complicated tasks easier. Used in several of the Synthetic apps including Hipstamatic, D-Series, and IncrediBooth. MIT licensed.

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Easy, flexible drawing in Objective-C. Sometimes dynamically generating Core Graphics drawing code can be a real pain. SYCompositor makes it really simple to do in Objective-C. Simply provide NSDictionary’s for each layer. SYCompositor handles everything else. Drawing, caching, you name it. MIT licensed.

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A UITableView replacement with simplified API. Designed for rapid table creation with minimal code, easy customization, attractive default styling, and with most common design patterns automated without need for fidgety UIView tweaking. BSD licensed.

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