Tag Archives: iOS

Custom View Controller Transitions in Landscape

Recently, Jerry wrote about a really cool view controller transition we put together, SMLBookshelfTransition. As you can tell from that post, we’re really excited about all the possibilities this new API provides. You might have noticed though that Jerry made … Continue reading

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Compares

Big News. As you may know, in October of 2012 Jerry and I left our day jobs in order to start Spaceman Labs. Our goal was to leverage our extensive knowledge and category-spanning experience on Apple mobile devices to build … Continue reading

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How To Support Old iOS SDK’s in Xcode 5

OH NOES, APPLE REMOVED SUPPORT FOR IOS 6 IN XCODE 5 *FIST SHAKE* !!!! This is a sentiment I’ve seen a on twitter an awful lot in the last few days, and it’s not exactly accurate. The truth is, Apple … Continue reading

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SMSquashView

Why Now? Why Me? Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about adding personality and interest to apps with subtle animation, rather than with complex textures. As an animation guy from old times*, I couldn’t be happier about this new focus … Continue reading

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Spatter and Spark

Another year-and-a-bit, another successful client project! As of a few weeks ago, Polk Street Press shipped a brand-new storybook, Spatter and Spark. It’s a genuinely endearing tale of two best friends solving problems together in a way that five-year-olds will … Continue reading

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SMPageControl, Meet UIAccessibility

A while back we introduced SMPageControl, our drop in replacement for UIPageControl with a slew of extra bells and whistles. It was surprisingly well received, and is by far the most popular bit of open source code we’ve released to … Continue reading

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Mistakes Were Made: Audio and ARC

There’s a mistake I have, to my own great embarrassment, made twice, so I think it’s worth writing up for posterity. This one’s brief: you can laugh at me and move on. Under ARC, AVAudioPlayers don’t retain themselves while playing. … Continue reading

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SMPageControl: UIPageControl’s Fancy One-Upping Cousin

If you’ve ever spent any time at Dribbble, you know how much designers love to customize UIPageControl, normally in the form of custom spacing or fancy inset looking page dots. As a developer, you’re probably also keenly aware of the … Continue reading

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Premature Completion: An Embarrassing Problem

Working on a project recently, Jerry and I came across an odd bug. We have a two-level UI that allows the user to navigate between several different scroll views. For the sake of keeping things pretty, we want to reset … Continue reading

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SMShadowedLayer

Impetus For a recent project, we needed to “simulate” or “fake” the look of pieces of paper in a physical environment. We didn’t need fancy physical modeling or curves and curls and folds, just perspective and shadowing during an animation. … Continue reading

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