iOS – Just a quick way to create a shadow on any view

This post is a reposting of a blog post I did for my employer.

Sometimes you would want a shadow on a view.

Easiest and quickest way is to just add it on the view’s layer:

-(void)loadView {
    CGRect frame = [[UIScreen mainScreen] applicationFrame];
    self.view = [[UIView alloc] initWithFrame:frame];
    self.view.autoresizingMask = UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleHeight | UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleWidth;
    self.view.backgroundColor = [UIColor blackColor];
    UIView *glowView = [[UIView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(frame.size.width /2 -10, frame.size.height /2 -30, 20, 60)];
    glowView.autoresizingMask = UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleBottomMargin | 
                                    UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleTopMargin |
                                    UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleLeftMargin |
    glowView.backgroundColor = [UIColor whiteColor];
    [self.view addSubview:glowView];
    //Setup the shadow on the view's CALayer.
    CALayer *viewLayer = glowView.layer;
    viewLayer.shadowOffset = CGSizeMake(0, 0);
    viewLayer.shadowColor = [[UIColor yellowColor] CGColor];
    viewLayer.shadowPath = [UIBezierPath bezierPathWithRect:glowView.bounds].CGPath;
    viewLayer.shadowRadius = 10.0f;
    viewLayer.shadowOpacity = 1.0f;
    //Let's animate it while we're at it.
    CABasicAnimation *animation = [CABasicAnimation animationWithKeyPath:@"shadowOpacity"];
    animation.duration = 0.5f;
    animation.timingFunction = [CAMediaTimingFunction functionWithName:kCAMediaTimingFunctionLinear];
    animation.fromValue = [NSNumber numberWithFloat:1.0];
    animation.toValue = [NSNumber numberWithFloat:0.0];
    animation.autoreverses = YES;
    animation.repeatCount = HUGE_VALF;
    [viewLayer addAnimation:animation forKey:@"shadowOpacity"];

I must admit, this is kind of basic stuff. But it seems a lot of people actually forget about the fact that all UIView subclasses are based on Core Animation CALayers.

See the source code and try the example, the interesting bits about this example are all contained within the fourth tab of the application, it’s the XSDFourthViewController in the code.

iOS – Voiceover and view picking

This is a reposting of a blog post I did on my employers blog.

Something that might interest the developers out there working with accessibility on iOS.

If you have strange behavior, as in, being unable to (partially) pick an accessibility frame by just dragging your finger over the screen, I might be able to answer just why.

As it turns out. VoiceOver and sub views being out of bounds of their parent’s view bounds don’t really mix.

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iOS – Animation glitch example

This is a reposting of a blog post I did on my employers blog.

A short while ago we were running into an interesting animation glitch. The actual solution is quite simple.

Here’s what the glitch was about. A table view could be toggled into an edit mode. On performing this toggle a label would be animated out of the view and hidden. The strange thing was, that this label was resizing it’s font size right the second before the actual animation started.

Fortunately we were able to fix this problem.

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