Wednesday, October 21, 2015

New MvvmCross plugin + new iOS view ports

It has been a busy couple of weeks and the result of this is now available to all of you.


Last week I released a new NuGet package called ALRadialMenu, which is a port from Swift to C# of Alex Littlejohn's ALRadialMenu. It is simply a menu which spawns N amounts of UIButton's in a circle around the point you want it to. It is highly configurable.

You can find the source code and instructions in the GitHub repository.


I also released a new NuGet package called SGTabbedPager, which is mimicking a ViewPager and ViewPagerIndicator on iOS. This is a port from Swift to C# as well.

Source code and instructions are on GitHub

DeviceInfo MvvmCross plugin

This week I created a Device Information plugin for MvvmCross. I know there are some other plugins. However, not all of them covered exactly what I needed. The plan is to expand it with more device information, such as batter, storage, connectivity etc. Ideas are welcome and can be submitted as a GitHub issue on the repository.

This plugin can be found on NuGet too as Cheesebaron.MvxPlugins.DeviceInfo and targets Android, iOS and Windows 8 + Windows Phone 8.1 (universal). It should also work in the new Windows 10 UWP apps, although not tested.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Removing shadow from NavigationBar and TabBar on iOS

I am making an app where I don't want to display the shadow underneath the NavigationBar and the top gradient on a TabBar.

For some reason the Apple SDK does not provide a simple boolean Property where you can just disable it. A lot of solutions on StackOverflow requires you to set a background image and a shadow image to remove it entirely.

Digging through solutions a bit I found that these two ways seem to work pretty well.

So for the NavigationBar, what you do is traverse through all subviews to find the UIImageView which is the shadow and simple remove that from showing up. This is done as follows.

For the TabBar it is slightly different. It has a member variable, which is private, so you cannot get hold of it directly. However, using the SetValueForKey() method, which all NSObject's have, you can set that variable to true.

See the difference?