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From Idea to App: Creating iOS UI, animations, and gestures

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From Idea to App: Creating iOS UI, animations, and gestures


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  • Copyright 2011
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9"
  • Pages: 264
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-76555-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-76555-0

There may be “an app for that,” but every app starts as an idea. Ideas can come from anyone—designers or developers, marketing managers or CEOs—and this book is about bringing those ideas to life.

iOS is a remarkable platform, both from a technology standpoint and as a pure business opportunity. With over 10 billion apps downloaded through the iTunes App Store, and over 50 million new iOS devices expected to ship in 2011, no other platform puts big business and individual developers on a level playing field like iOS does. Needless to say, if you have an idea for an app, now is the time to make it happen.

Whether you’re a designer or a developer, this book will help you:

  • Create basic user interface elements
  • Understand navigation metaphors and practices
  • Design for multiple devices
  • Customize system UI elements
  • Incorporate system-provided and custom animations
  • Use touch- and motion-based gestures
  • Create UIViews and UIViewControllers using Core Graphics
  • Avoid rejection by the iTunes App Store

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From Idea to App: Creating iOS UI, Animations, and Gestures — Basic User Interface Objects

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction

1. Getting Started with iOS
Why Are We Here?
iOS Devices
iOS Development Tools and Resources
Quick Tips: iOS Development Strategies
Guiding Principles

2. What Makes an iOS App?
iOS: The Big Picture
Application Types
iOS App Blueprint
Introduction and “Hello, World!”
Creating an Xcode Project

Part II T he Basics of iOS User Interfaces

3. Physical Hardware
Physical Input Devices
Device Orientation
iOS Coordinate System
Preparing Image Assets for Multiple Displays

4. Basic User Interface Objects
UIKit and Foundation
iOS Views

5. User Interface Controllers and Navigation
What Is a Controller?
View Controllers, Navigation, and Modal Views

6. User Interface Buttons, Inputs, Indicators,
and Controls
Alert Dialogs and Action Sheets
Controls and Buttons
iOS App Blueprint
The Basics
Creating UIViewControllers
Adding UIControls to Each Tab
Connecting UI Controls to a Controller
Create a UITabBarController
Part III Designing Custom iOS User
Interface Objects

7. Creating Custom Icons, Launch Images,
and Buttons
App Icons
Launch Images
Custom UI Buttons

8. Creating Custom UIViews and
Custom UIViewControllers
Custom UIViews

9. Creating Custom Table Views
UITableView Appearance
Creating Custom Cells
Moving, Deleting, and Inserting Rows
iOS App Blueprint
Custom iOS UI
Changes to the First Tab

Part IV Animating Your UI

10. Introduction to iOS Animations
About Animations Using UIKit
UIView Animation Blocks
System-Provided Animations

11. Creating Custom iOS Animations
About Core Animation
Core Animation Types
Getting Started with Core Animations
Keyframe Animations
Animation Transitions
3D Transforms
iOS App Blueprint
Custom Animations
Animations of CountdownViewController

Part V Human Interaction: Gestures

12. Introduction to iOS Gestures
Understanding Apple-Defined Gestures
Gestures and UIKit

13. Creating Custom iOS Gestures
Detecting Touches in a UIView
Gesture Recognizers
Motion Gestures
iOS App Blueprint
Custom Gestures
Note from the Author


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