Useful Tools and services for iOS development 


I’d like to share a few tools I use when I work on iOS projects.

Fabric

Consist of a set of great tools that you can easily integrate to your app , one of the most valuables tools for me is Crashlytics where you can send Beta builds and receive crashes when they occur. You can add as many apps freely and manage them, and you can have teams with ability to manage their access. Also service hooks is really handy e.g. send a slack message when a crash reaches some level on some App. Answers tool will give you Analytics with many options as setting events ,observing retention, engagement and many more.. All you need is download the fabric app and it will guide you through the integration seamlessly. There is an iOS app for fabric for tracking your apps.

Fastlane

Automate your deployment from generating certificates to uploading to the App Store , it’s wonderful and time saving. One of my favorite tools is match which will automate certification and provisioning for the whole team using git, along with register_devices action you will be able to add new devices , recreate certs and profile without even visiting developer.apple.com (you still need to have access to the apple account). It has many actions and the docs is neat, you may check the many examples as well. (Having some knowledge of ruby will be very handy to you).

Cocoapods

The famous dependency manager for swift and Obj-c. It allows you to use open source / private libraries easily, few commands and your up to go. It makes it easy to update your dependencies and easy for Pods makers to update their Pods, so when there is new swift version , all you have to do is to update the Pods and you should be fine (JK you still have to suffer 😂😅, but it will be easier 😄). Another important feature is private pods that you may share with your team privately.

Another famous dependency manager is Carthage which I don’t use a lot, but one thing good about it is that it makes build time faster, so if you are using a big and well known frameworks you may consider using carthage for them, and leaving smaller and less complete libraries in Cocoapods so that you can change and experiment on them on Spot.

R.swift

An awesome tool for code generation from static files such as fonts , images , string files , nibs/storyboards, colors from .clr files.. which means no miss spelling errors and you get compile time assistant. I made this script that will generate Obj-c class from localizable.string which is a good practice to have your Strings encapsulated in methods or properties ..

JSONExport

It allows you to generate Model classes from JSON Objects, which is very useful for mapping API responses. It supports Java,Obj-C, and Swift, with number of libraries like Mappable, Realm, CoreData … JSON Accelerator is another amazing tool with the same goal for obj-c ,java, and Python.

Makeappicon

To generate app icons including icons for App Store, all you need is to upload 1024 icon and you will get all icon sizes for ios,android, and watch os.

Appetize

Upload an IPA and send it to the customer and they can view it on the web, no UDID needed!!!. Its great for demoing an example of a library or framework you made instead of asking the user to download and integrate or making a gif!!!. Really useful and amazing.

Sourcetree

This is the best GUI tool you can get to deal with Git and its free!!. It make working with Git a breeze. You get many options  like commit,push,merge,rebase,stash,resolve conflicts,reset , log all commits for certain file and revert to any version , add to index ,remove ,ignore ,checkout from any commit and more without the need to use terminal… though you still have terminal button to use terminal for more advanced operations .
If you use bitbucket like me, you get clone in sourcetree button for faster cloning as bonus, but you can have account added in the App and you can fetch all your repositories and clone any without going to bitbucket website.

Another tool is Github Desktop but with way less feature than sourcetree. Still useful to have it to use the open in desktop button in github !!.

CocoaControls

Its awesome website that you should check if you have not, where you can find amazing controls for iOS, macOS, watchOS,and tvOS. there are thousands of useful open source projects mainly as UI Components. Most of the New Projects have appetize embedded and you can try the control before using it. I would suggest to keep checking it from time to time , and to try to contribute in the projects.

xliff.brightec

awesome website for importing and generating xliff files for iOS, you simply import your xliff file, update the translation on the website and then export it to be used in Xcode.  Localise.biz  is not free but you can generate android xml and iOS .string localization files altogether.


Commercial

Paw (trial)

Best API Tool I ever used , what makes it great is that it can generate code for you in many languages, which you can use for fast prototyping. Paw has ability to add extensions for Importers (e.g. API blueprint, swagger, postman) and Exporters (curl, swift , java ..). and many other features.

Sketch (trial)

The best tool to design a mobile app, its simple to use for developers, where you can easily explore the design given by the designer and export its elements, figure out the sizes and colors , and modify the design easily. It’s even simpler for non-designers like me to use and make nice designs with help of free resources like this amazing website https://www.sketchappsources.com .

One amazing thing is that its pluggable where you can find many plug ins that do awesome features like AutoLayout by anime . Another nice thing is that it’s vector based where you can design in 1x and export in 3x and more , plus with the ability of Xcode to handle pdf you can export sketch resources in pdf :).

PaintCode (trial)

Will convert your SVG drawings and designs into Code ,swift/objc/android/javascript . Having the design in code will give you more abilities , simply you can customize anything like fill color, border colors/width/shape, etc.. and one important thing is Animation, PaintCode have a feature called Variable which makes it easy play with things like colors, positions, rotations …

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These are useful subset of tools That I use always and works perfectly for me. There are many great tools out there that can make your life better and it’s good to try and see, one website that can help in that is thoughtworks.com.

Xcode : Create color Palette in Interface builder

Every project has its own set of colors, and if you use Interface builder like me, then you probably would like to create a color set for each project so you don’t get mad when you want to set a color for some text and not finding it in the “Recently used Colors” Section !.

You can simply create your own color palette in IB by clicking on the color picker -> Color palettes -> Click on the settings icon and click on new. 🙂

After that you can click on the settings icon again and rename the palette. And then you can add the colors related to the project you want.

And here you can see how it’s done in pictures . Have fun.

 

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Puzzpic : Share Puzzles


Puzzpic

Share, Solve, And Have Fun 🎉

Puzzpic

WHAT IS PUZZPIC

Puzzpic is an amazing app to share images with a riddle where users can post an image and it get shuffled as a challenge for others to solve. And you can explore others’ puzzles and solve them to gain the original Images.

The Idea

You Get what You Solve.

You have a time limit for each puzzle where you thrive to solve the puzzle.
If you make it !! you get the solved Image and have the power to save it or share it as a prize.
Otherwise you lose it and you won’t be able to see it again!!.

Sounds Fun right !!! 😀 😀

Features

Here I will talk about the features you get in the app and how to use them.

Login/Register

Simulator Screen Shot May 16, 2016, 10.54.12 PMWe need you to register first in the app which will allow you to Post Puzzles, like puzzles , follow other users, and to be identified when you solve a puzzle, and give you Points.

In version 1.1 you can Login with Facebook as well. Although the normal register/Login is simple since all am asking for is an email, username, and a password.

Explore Puzzles

In the main Screen, you can view other users or your puzzles categorized in three categories.

MainLATEST

Where the latest updated puzzles appear, these puzzles are public.

TOP

Where the most liked puzzles in the last 7 days(although this may change) appears. These puzzles also are public.

Following

Where puzzles of the users you follow appear, these puzzles might be public or set to be only to Followers.

You can solve and/or like any of these puzzles unless they are yours then you only can like them.

SOLVER

SolverWhen you tap on the Solve button under a puzzle of your choice you get the SOLVER Screen, which is a very simple screen , where you will see a shuffled image and try to solve it within the time limit.

You can swap any two blocks (not only adjacent)of the image by Tapping on each Block. Dragging is not supported right now but It’s on the RoadMap.

If you Solve it by the time the image will not be shown anymore in the Explore (main) screen and will be shown in a different screen called Solved-puzzles screen where you can access it from the Left Menu.

Otherwise the puzzle will be deleted from the main screen and not shown anymore!! 🙁 .

THE MAKER

 

makerThe Maker Screen is where you create your own puzzle and it’s dead simple with a nice design.

You can access this screen by tapping on the plus button in the main screen.

You will see the camera running in a box which exactly the size of the puzzle.

Above The Camera Box there is a Level chooser , you need to choose the level before taking the image since the Camera Box will resize based on the chosen level.

You can Snap the Image by tapping on the big circular button, and then magically the image will be shuffled instantly and the upload button along with other button will appear, I call it the Editing Box where you can add caption or shuffle the puzzle again or retake it or upload the puzzle.

 Always add caption to your puzzles to make them more attractive.

When you tap the upload puzzle you will get a nice uploading view indicating the progress, in this view you can choose to cancel the upload or continue using the app while uploading.

Solved Puzzles View

Solvedpuzzlers

From the Left Menu you can open the Solved puzzles View, and this is where you find the puzzles you successfully solved. You can tap on each puzzle and save and/or the share the solved puzzle.

you can also heart/unheart the puzzle and check the user behind it profile.

Profile Page

This is where you can see your profile and edit your profile image or edit your Name.

When you visit other users’ profile pages you can Follow them and check their puzzles as well .

OTHER

There are other features including Reporting a puzzle or user , block other users you don’t want to see their puzzles.

ROADMAP

Am continuously working to improve the App by fixing issues, adding new features and making sure it’s still nice looking and easy to use.

Some of the features am intending to add

iPad Version 

LeaderBoard

Notifications and Notification Center

Private Users

GRID View For showing more puzzles on screen

Private Puzzles Where user can send a private puzzle to another user

Points And Reward Systems By giving points to another actions not only solving the puzzle.


I Hope You enjoy the app , you can install it from here.

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