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Johann Dowa

Open Source Control Providing A Customizable MKUserLocationView Replacement

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I’ve seen a number of people asking how to customize MKUserLocationView – that blue dot that is used to illustrate the user’s location on a map view.

Here’s a custom control from Sam Vermette called SVPulsingAnnotationView that you can use to replace MKUserLocationView that is created using Core Graphics so you can easily tweak the color.

You can also adjust the speed of the pulse, and the delay between each pulse.

Here’s an image from the readme showing SVPulsingAnnotationView along side the default MKUSerLocationView:

SVPulsingAnnotationView

You can find SVPulsingAnnotationView on Github here.

Sam has also placed a nice writeup on his site about how he created the control.

A nice customizable implementation of an otherwise unchangeable native UI control.


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