Saturday, April 5, 2014 is a new website with links to various resources for iOS and Mac OS X developers. It's still in alpha stage but still worth to be known

Friday, June 7, 2013

Sizes - a really good app to resize retina images

There are many apps to resize retina images in the Mac App Store. The best one I've found is called Sizes. It needs me only to drag my images and drop them on the icon at the dock. And that's it. No distractive windows, no inappropriate messages. I don't even need to name files properly, because Sizes does it for me automatically. For example, if I have a file example.png and it is 200x200, then Sizes will create 2 files: example@2x.png which is 200x200 and example.png which is 100x100. Really simple.
There are also some options to have more controll on this app. Here is how it looks like:

More information and download like on the product website: Really recommended.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

UIWebView and shadow

Last time I was trying to add a shadow to UIWebView. And it wasn't so obvious, because the standard way didn't work:

    webView.layer.shadowRadius = 8;
    webView.layer.shadowOffset = CGSizeMake(00);
    webView.layer.shadowColor = [[UIColor grayColorCGColor];
    webView.layer.shadowOpacity = 1;

But there is a simple solution. You just have to add these 2 lines:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

How to make UIButton text left (or right) aligned?

It's a really common question and the answer is:

[button setContentHorizontalAlignment:UIControlContentHorizontalAlignmentLeft];

Of course, there is also:

[[button titleLabel] setTextAlignment:NSTextAlignmentLeft];

The difference is that the first method sets alignment of the button content, and the second one sets the alignment of the text in the label. But the label frame is as wide as the text is. So if the label has only 1 line, it will always be centered.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How to check if app is run under iPhone 5 (the one with 4" screen)?

Sometimes you need to check if app is run under iPhone 5 which has higher screen resolution than previous models. This code should be helpful:

- (BOOL)isIPhone5
    return [[UIScreen mainScreen] bounds].size.height == 568;

Monday, February 4, 2013

Converting string encoding from NSString to NSStringEncoding

Let's say you have to convert encoding from string representation (NSString) to NSStringEncoding. For instance, it happens when you want to get string from response using NSURLConnection. Here is simple solution:

- (NSStringEncoding)encodingStringToNSStringEncoding:(NSString *)encString
    CFStringRef cfEncoding = (__bridge CFStringRef)encString;
    return CFStringConvertEncodingToNSStringEncoding(

Friday, February 1, 2013

Safari and retina images

Every iOS app developer, and last time Mac OS X app developer, knows that it's not enough to prepare image in one resolution. Now we need 4 times greater (2 times for every dimension) images that can be displayed on Retina displays. But what about websites? These devices also display websites and most of them just doesn't look perfect. And that's right, they also should have 2 version of every image. How to set them? The solution is quite simple. We have to set alternate image using -webkit-image-set function. The following code shows an example that says everything:
.aClass {
    background: url(image.png);
    background: -webkit-image-set(url(image.png) 1x, url
(image_2x.png) 2x);
It's really important to define background the traditional way, because not every webbrowser recognize -webkit-image-set function.

To work with retina images more productively, it's good to use a tool to resize images automatically. I recommend Sizes app, because it alows you to use different suffix (like _2x) instead of @2x and makes image resizing really simple.

More details you can find in Safari Development Library.