Monthly Archives: August 2012

BFPageControl (Cocoa Controls)

Posted by Cocoa Controls at Cocoa Controls
A page control for the Mac. It’s usage is similar to that of UIPageControl (iOS).

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NSBKeyframeAnimation (Cocoa Controls)

Posted by Cocoa Controls at Cocoa Controls
jQuery-like animations in CoreAnimation

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GIMP Is Now Available as a Native App for Mac OS X [GIMP] (Lifehacker)

Posted by Melanie Pinola at Lifehacker

OS X: GIMP is a fantastic free alternative to Photoshop for all desktop operating systems, but on Mac it was a bit of a pain to set it up, because you needed to install X11. Gimp now, however, comes with a standard DMG installer. More »


NSKeyframeAnimation (Cocoa Controls)

Posted by Cocoa Controls at Cocoa Controls
jQuery-like animations in CoreAnimation

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Chrome Progress Bar (Cocoa Controls)

Posted by Cocoa Controls at Cocoa Controls
A custom progress bar with Google Chrome style

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5 Third Party iOS Libraries I Have Found Useful Lately (iPhone Programming Tutorials)

Posted by brandontreb at iPhone Programming Tutorials

As I mature as a developer, I try to rely on other people’s code more an more. Why build something from scratch when a solution already exists that you can fit in your project. In Pocket MUD Pro, I used 13 3rd party libraries and am using quite a bit more in the project that I’m currently working on. I figured that I would share some of the libraries that I have been using so that it might save you some time in the future.

1. CocoaAsyncSocket

Link: github.com/robbiehanson/CocoaAsyncSocket

Many of my applications involve TCP or UDP networking. There is a lot of boiler plate code involved in every networked application, and CocoaAsyncSocket solves much of that for you.

2. Appirater

Link: github.com/arashpayan/appirater/

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Hopefully, you have heard of this one or a similar library by now. It’s very challenging to get users to want to review your applications, let alone give you a positive review. AppiRater allows you to prompt a user to rate your application based on either number of launches or “significant events” which you specify.

3. Zip Archive

Link: code.google.com/p/ziparchive/

I try to ship small applications that download assets upon launch. A good way to send these assets over the wire is to zip them up and stick them on your server. I have written an article about this on iCodeBlog.

4. Quick Dialog

Link: github.com/escoz/QuickDialog

Creating forms in iOS is pretty painful. It usually involves custom table cells and a lot of delegate nonsense. QuickDialog takes away some of this pain and allows you to easily create iOS forms. You can even design them using JSON.

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5. TSMiniWebBrowser

Link: github.com/tonisalae/TSMiniWebBrowser

Often times, you want a quick and dirty browser in your application. I generally use it to point to in-app documentation or take the user to a page after tapping on a link. It’s quick and easy.

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I hope you find some value in this list. I’d love to hear about the libraries you use frequently.

Happy Coding!

PSMTabBarControl (Cocoa Controls)

Posted by Cocoa Controls at Cocoa Controls
PSMTabBarControl remains the best way to have Safari-style tabs in your app. This fork makes it easy to use PSMTabBarControl when developing apps for 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 using Xcode 4. It is also Retina-ready.

This fork contains none of the IBPlugin stuff, and removes unnecessary graphics to get a much smaller framework size (about 668kb uncompressed, 232kb deflated).

If you make any improvements, please submit them as pull requests.

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PushBack Animation View (Cocoa Controls)

Posted by Cocoa Controls at Cocoa Controls
Demo of push back animation to display a modal view.

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NMRangeSlider (Cocoa Controls)

Posted by Cocoa Controls at Cocoa Controls
NMRangeSlider is custom iOS control that gives you a UISlider like UI for selecting a range of values.

The range slider can be configured using a set of images in much the same way as UISlider. (Background, Track and Thumbs)

In addition to the regular UISlider features it can:

– Handle stepped values. The handles will snap to points along the slider with a couple different options

– Access to the centre location of handle image. This can be used to arrange subviews.

See the demo application for some examples on how the to configure the slider.

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Make Your Own Enormous Projector Screen Out of Wood and Spandex [DIY] (Lifehacker)

Posted by Adam Dachis at Lifehacker

I recently wrote about how you can put a movie theater in your home on the cheap and noted that the screen for your projector is one of the hidden costs of the whole setup. This is because it’s easy to compare projector prices to TV prices and forget that you have to actually project on something. Redditor dodgeboy solved the pricey screen cost problem with a little wood, spandex, and DIY skills: More »


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