Category Archives: Blogs

Implementing Handoff In iOS and macOS

03 Aug 17
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Handoff is a neat feature that was introduced in iOS 8 and macOS (then OS X) v10.10. This capability allows an app to pass data across macOS and iOS devices so that a task started on one device can be completed on another device. The difference between this and continuing an activity by saving a file to a place like iCloud and resuming the activity on another device is context. Meaning that when you use handoff, unlike other methods, the user of your app will be in the exact same location, when the app is opened on a second device, as they were on the first device.

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NSAttributedString Enhancements in iOS 11

03 Aug 17
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An NSAttributedString can be a pain to configure in the way that you want. The attributes dictionary has always been a dictionary comprised of StringAny pairs. There have been some nice enhancments in iOS 11, though.

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Implementing Drag and Drop in iOS 11 Part 2

28 Jul 17
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Getting Started

This tutorial picks up where Implementing Drag And Drop As A Destination App In iOS 11 leaves off. If you have already gone through that tutorial, you can continue on with the same source code. Otherwise, check out the code from GitHub.

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Implementing Drag and Drop in iOS 11 Part 1

28 Jul 17
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At WWDC Apple announced that iOS 11 will now support Drag and Drop. This works not only within an app, but also from one app to another. Dragging between apps is only supported on iPads. Drag and Drop between apps works if the iPad is in split view mode, with both the source and destination apps open side by side, or even if the destination app is completely closed.

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Large Titles For Navigation Bars In iOS 11

26 Jul 17
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If you have played with iOS 11 either on a simulator or on a real device, you have probably noticed that most of the first party apps, such as Mail and Settings, use large titles in the navigation bar. We are going to look at how to implement the same navigation bar behavior in our apps. Unsurprisingly, Apple has made this very easy for us.

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Enabling Siri Integration With SiriKit

26 Jul 17
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SiriKit was created for developers in iOS 10. However, there were, and still are, a limited number of intent domains with which you can integrate an app. An intent domain is simply a category of app that can take advantage of Siri. With the release of iOS 11, a few new domains are being made available.

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Handling Keyboard Shortcuts In iOS

20 Jul 17
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The debate as to whether or not the iPad can replace a computer is on going. We do not need to get into the discussion of who this might work for or what kind of work can be done with an iPad. The fact is that for some people this is already happening. Even if people are not using the iPad as a computer replacement, many people are at least using it as a light weight computer. It is a computer that has a pointing device (finger, Apple Pencil or stylus), a spacious screen and a keyboard, which allows us to use shortcuts.

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Bible Binder On Google Play

18 Jul 17
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After a very long wait, Bible Binder is finally available for Android™. At this point it does not have many of the features that are available in iOS. However, the missing features will be added to the app over time until both platforms support the same features.

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New App: Fraction Quizzer

31 Aug 16
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For the past 6 weeks we have been lucky enough to partner with a group of math teachers/researchers from a University in North Eastern U.S. These researchers are trying to find new and effective ways of teaching young students who are falling behind in math. As part of their strategy, they wanted to create an app that quizzes the students about fractions using proportions.

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Swift Initializers

22 Jan 16
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Swift is full of exciting features and it certainly takes a long time of in-depth use to find them all and to build a true appreciation for them. Recently, I have been working with initializers and have found some new tricks, provided by Swift, that have simplified my work. I’m going to focus on Swift 2.1 and share some of the things that have helped me with initializers.
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