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How to Implement Smart App Banners on a Website to Promote App Downloads

Dec 10, 2012 - 3 Comments
Smart App Banner

Have you noticed how some sites promote their own app to download when you visit their website while browsing through Safari on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? This is done through a little pop-up menu that appears at the top of Safari when browsing some sites with iOS 6 onward, and it’s done through … Read More

iPhone 5 & iOS 6 GUI Element PSD Available for Free

Oct 12, 2012 - 3 Comments
iPhone 5 iOS 6 GUI PSD

Designers Teehan+Lax have an excellent habit of releasing free high quality PSD files of user interface elements from iOS, and they’ve done it again for iOS 6 and iPhone 5. Compiled as a very well labeled and layered photoshop document, the latest iOS 6 GUI kit includes virtually all the UI elements from the latest … Read More

How to Enable PHP in Apache for Mac OS X Yosemite & Mavericks

Sep 10, 2012 - 12 Comments
Enable PHP in Mac OS X

OS X Mavericks comes with PHP 5.4.30, and OS X Mountain Lion ships with PHP 5.3.13 preinstalled, though if you start the built-in Apache server, you will find PHP isn’t enabled by default. Changing this is easy, and if you’re a web developer and want PHP running on your local Mac with OS X 10.8 … Read More

Change the iPhone Simulator to 640×1136 Resolution

Aug 8, 2012 - 4 Comments
Modifying the iPhone simulator resolution

With rumors and some new evidence suggesting the new iPhone display will have a 640×1136 screen resolution, developers and designers may find it interesting to alter the iOS Simulator to accomodate such a resolution. This can be done fairly easily by adding a basic text file to a directory, and then altering a plist file … Read More

Get Crash Reports & Logs From iPhone or iPad Without Xcode

Aug 7, 2012 - 4 Comments
iOS Crash Log

Whether you’re troubleshooting app crashes, beta testing an app, or you just want to help an iOS developer out after you’ve discovered a particular bug, you can retrieve crash reports from any app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device once it has been synced to a computer. Finding crash report data for iOS … Read More

How to Install Paramiko and PyCrypto in Mac OS X the Easy Way

Jul 10, 2012 - 7 Comments
Installing paramiko and pycrypto for Mac OS X

Paramiko is an SSH module for python that allows for secure connections to be made, and pycrypto is a cryptography toolkit for python. Whether you need one or the other, or both, the easiest way to get them both installed through Mac OS X is through paramiko. No need to use HomeBrew, MacPorts, or any … Read More

Run iOS Simulator Without Launching Xcode By Using an Alias

Jul 9, 2012 - 9 Comments
iOS Simulator running without Xcode

Apple recently simplified the way Xcode is installed, bundling everything into a single /Applications/Xcode.app/ directory and removing the /Developer directory that used to exist. There are some advantages to this approach, but one of the annoyances is that you now have to launch the iPhone or iPad simulator by opening Xcode first. Well, that’s not … Read More

Manage iOS Devices & Provisioning from the Command Line with Cupertino

Jul 7, 2012 - Leave a Comment
Manage iOS Devices and Provisioning from the Command Line with Cupertino

iOS Developers typically have to login to Apple’s Developer Center website to manage provisioning and devices. That’s not terribly inconvenient, but it certainly could be easier, and that’s where Cupertino comes in. Cupertino is a third party command line interface to the Apple Dev Center and iOS Provisioning Portal, letting you add and list devices, … Read More

Install GCC Without XCode in Mac OS X

Jul 6, 2012 - 4 Comments
Command Line Tools for Mac OS X include GCC, Make, LLVM, and more

If you compile your own software you probably know that GCC comes bundled in the rather large Xcode package, but what if you just want to have gcc and LLVM without installing the entire Xcode package? Apple now offers an option to do just that, and it’s called Command Line Tools, available as a separate … Read More

Highlight Non-Retina Image Assets in Red to Insure High Resolution Images Load

Jun 26, 2012 - 2 Comments
Highlight and tint non-retina images in red

For the developers and UI designers out there, Apple’s developer docs show us how to highlight non-retina images in red, making it easy to determine if the 2x image assets are loading properly for retina displays. You can set the image tinting to occur in all apps, or on a per-app basis. Enable Non-Retina Image … Read More

Enroll in Stanford’s Free iPhone and iPad Development Collaborative Online Course

Jun 20, 2012 - 7 Comments

If you’ve been interested in learning how to develop apps for the iPhone and iPad, this may be the best chance yet. Based on Stanford’s Fall 2011 iOS development course, the new offering from Stanford gets social and lets you work on assignments with the rest of the enrolled class. No more getting stuck or … Read More

iPad Retina GUI Elements PSD Template Now Available for Free

Apr 12, 2012 - 1 Comment
iPad Retina GUI Template PSD

Designers and developers will appreciate the newly released retina iPad GUI elements template available now as a free PSD download from Teehan+Lax. Based on iOS 5.1 and the new iPad’s retina UI elements, these PSD files are an excellent resource for quickly mocking up iPad apps, workflows, and general iOS concepts. You’ll need Adobe Photoshop … Read More

How to “View Source” from Safari on an iPad or iPhone

Mar 30, 2012 - 23 Comments
View Source on an iPad or iPhone

Ever wanted to view source of a webpage from an iPad or iPhone? Unfortunately, mobile Safari doesn’t include the feature on it’s own, but with the help of a custom bookmarklet you can view source of any web page right in iOS. Here is how you can set this up so that you can view … Read More

How to Make & Set a Retina-Ready iOS Bookmark Icon for a Website

Mar 29, 2012 - 8 Comments
Retina Apple Touch Icon

Web developers and website owners pay attention: you need to set a retina-ready iOS bookmark icon. The bookmark icons are called an Apple Touch Icon, and these custom images become the icon that is displayed on a users home screen when they bookmark a website on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch in iOS, or … Read More

Easily Create Beautiful iOS App Icons with this DIY Retina Icon Kit

Mar 26, 2012 - 6 Comments
Free iOS DIY Retina Icon Kit

It’s rare that app developers and web developers double as graphic designers, leaving some apps and websites to include fairly hideous iOS icons. As we’ve said before, icons matter, however superficial they may be, so instead of shipping an app or site with an ugly icon do yourself a favor and download this do-it-yourself retina … Read More

Enable Hidden Debug Settings for iMessage, FaceTime, and Bluetooth, in iOS

Mar 10, 2012 - 5 Comments
Hidden Debug Settings in iOS

Savvy iOS developers and hackers should get a kick out of this; you can enable hidden debug settings in some iOS apps by using a profile… By downloading a few mobileconfig files, you can enable hidden debug settings for Messages, Bluetooth, and FaceTime that log activity and events for each protocol. What you do with … Read More

Retina iOS App Icon Template PSD

Mar 8, 2012 - 14 Comments
Retina iOS App Icon Template

If you’re spending the time and money to develop an iOS app, don’t skimp on the icon. This may sound like silly advice, but the fact is a good icon can make your app stand out in the App Store and on a users home screen, encouraging both downloads and use.

How to Uninstall XCode

Feb 20, 2012 - 16 Comments
Uninstall Xcode

Included below are new simple instructions for uninstalling modern versions of Xcode. Deleting old versions of Xcode is covered as well, this is a thorough guide to uninstall Xcode from any Mac regardless of version and Mac OS X release. Xcode is Apple’s developer suite for iOS and Mac OS X, it’s necessary if you … Read More

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