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Johann Dowa

Open Source iOS Control Providing An Easy To Implement Messages App Like User Interface

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Previously I mentioned a nice control for creating a UITableView with chat bubbles similar to the Messages app called UIBubbleTableView.

Here’s a similar control with a number of enhancements called MessagesTableViewController from Jesse Squires.  This control provides animations and sound effects along with a dynamically sizing input view for messages.

MessagesTableViewController is built off of SSMessagesViewController and the readme states that the following enhancements were added:

– Brought up-to-date for iOS 6.0 and ARC
– Allows arbitrary message sizes (and message bubble sizes)
– Universal for iPhone and iPad
– Dynamically resizes input text view as you type
– Improved hiding/showing keyboard with NSNotification
– Automatically enables/disables send button if text view is empty or not
– Refactoring, refinements, and fixes

 Here are some images showing the control in action:

MessagesTableViewController

You can find MessagesTableViewController on Github here.

A nice easy way to add a functional chat interface into an app.


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