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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 Mountain Lion

Sep 10, 2012 - 6 Comments
Enable PHP in Mac OS X

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 or later, follow along to have it working … 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 - 3 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. This can be done outside of … Read More

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

Jul 10, 2012 - 6 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 - 3 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 - 5 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

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