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iOS Programming Tools And Utilities

This are is for tools related to iOS development. Any developer tools are featured here, although typically only iOS developer tools will be posted. In the past we have posted tools for tile mapping, app tracking, code generation and more.

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PlayAlways – A Mac OS Tool And Xcode Extensions For Quickly Creating Playgrounds

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PlayAlways from Guilherme Rambo is an open source tool operating from the MacOS menu bar allowing you to quickly create iOS, macOS, or tvOS playgrounds and an Xcode extension that allows you to create a playground from a code selection within Xcode.

To create a playground based on a code selection you must have the Mac menu bar tool running.

Here’s an image from the readme showing the plugin options in Xcode.

PlayAlways

You can find PlayAlways on Github here.

A nice tool for quickly creating Swift playgrounds.


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A Visual Listing Of Many Great Xcode 8 Shortcuts

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Bob Lee has put together a list of of many great Xcode shortcuts to help you get the most out of your time in the Xcode 8 environment.

Each shortcut complete with gif animations so you can see exactly what they do.

You can find the guide in 3 parts in the iOS Geek Community: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

A handy series of guides for those looking to increase their efficiency in Xcode.


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Eject – A Tool For Generating Swift Code From A Layout Created In Xcode’s Interface Builder

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Eject is an open source tool allowing you to transition a UI built within Xcode’s interface builder into Swift code.

The Interface Builder is fantastic for laying out an interface, but it can become a hindrance as your interface becomes more complex and dynamic. With Eject you can translate your Xibs into source code with support for constraints, outlets, labels and more.

While you don’t get code that compiles straight out it definitely makes for a fast start.

You can find Eject on Github here.

A handy tool for those taking an interface builder layout and turning it into code.


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AppWage – An Open Source Mac OS Tool For Viewing And Tracking Data Using iTunes Connect

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AppWage is an open source Mac OS based iTunes reporting tool from Hankinsoft with a great interface for viewing app sales information, track competition and more using iTunes Connect data.

With AppWage you can view sales reports, reviews, rankings, and track the competition. You can send daily emails using your own SMTP server, and automatically translate app reviews.

Here’s an image from the readme showing AppWage in action:
appwage

You can find AppWage on the homepage here.

You can find the source code on Github here.

A nice tool for tracking app data.


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IQScreenRule – A Pixel Perfect Screenshot Ruler For Making Sure Your UI Is Perfect

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IQScreenRuler is an open source app from Iftekar Quarashi that provides a pixel perfect ruler to aid in the perfect positioning of any interface elements.

IQScreenRuler provides a 4 side ruler, a free hand ruler that can be rotated, the ability to change the scale factor, and aspect ratio, and more.

This video shows IQScreenRuler in action:

You can find IQScreenRuler on Github here.

You can download the Screen Ruler App on the App store.

A great library to help QA engineers make sure that the interface is laid out perfectly.


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