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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cobwebs and drawing with code

Trying to clear out some cobwebs.. so today I cleaned up (minimally, made sure it built and ran, converted to ARC, replaced CTGradient with NSGradient but not much else) an old project and put it up on GitHub. Waaay back when, I spent a lot of time drawing with code, I found it very compelling and eventually the results were reasonably rewarding. I’ve also long held this belief that if you can draw it in code, you might as well. You can avoid all sorts of hassles with sizing, resizing, scaling, etc. While that’s not always the best approach on iOS, for OS X it is still often the route I would take. Perhaps this is just residual legacy pain from trying to deal with media in older version control systems or just the horror from looking in resource folders with 1000s of items or even that most everything I’ve ever worked on had a non-trivial localization task involved.. or perhaps I just liked drawing with code.

When Time Machine was introduced I thought the bezeled ring on the icon looked pretty cool. (and no.. I don’t want to get into any kind of discussion about skeuomorphism.. the fact that I can actually spell that word without looking it up is testament enough to how much time I’ve spent on the subject) I wanted to see what I could do along those lines. I was also doing some tests in representing sound input.

The result was stunningly named Sound Level Test. I’ve just placed it on GitHub for your pleasure, be that usefulness to you or just for reminiscence to see something from almost 7 years go.

Here’s the project.

posted by ganyard at 8:38 am  

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The most stylish are often running a little late…

I finally opened this back up and added some things and fixed some things. Thanks in part to some contributions by Mark Hill over at MachineCodex and it really was long overdue.

I expect that 10.5 might change some things with windows *wink, wink* but this is probably still a useful class. Once 10.5 has shipped I’ll try to find some time to revisit this and make sure it behaves correctly.

Until then here it is – 2 significant changes:
1 – toolbars are maybe really actually finally at last working correctly, possibly
2 – separate gradients for top and bottom borders
3 – thanks to Mark Hill’s example, gradients are drawn directly into the bg image
4 – the files have been cleaned up
(the astute will note that I don’t really feel 2 of the items above are significant, that might as well be left as activity for the reader)

Note: In order to avoid extra work from adding a second gradient, I chose to break the old API (just a little bit). So this is not a drop in replacement but you will know that right away.

StyledWindow is now on GitHub <30 Apr 2013>

posted by ganyard at 5:36 pm  

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Those stinkin’ NewApplication menu items.

I feel pretty bad.. it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I had such good intentions about doing this regularly, didn’t quite keep that up. To allay my guilt, here’s something (I think is) useful.

Why can’t I just have some kind of substitution token for my App name in my menus? It would be so nice if this was just handled for you. Or even just use preprocessor macros. Or something so I don’t have to build things programmatically.

I’m working on a project which produces various targets, why would I want a separate MainMenu.nib for each target, when except for the App name they are the same (or at least nearly so).

So here’s what I did in my AppController’s AwakeFromNib:

NSEnumerator *menuEnumerator = [[[NSApp mainMenu] itemArray] objectEnumerator];
id menuItem;
  while (menuItem = [menuEnumerator nextObject]) {
    if ([menuItem hasSubmenu]) {
      NSEnumerator *subMenuEnumerator = [[[menuItem submenu] itemArray] objectEnumerator];
      id subMenuItem;
      while (subMenuItem = [subMenuEnumerator nextObject]) {
        NSString *menuTitle = [subMenuItem title];
        [subMenuItem setTitle:[[menuTitle
            componentsJoinedByString:[[NSProcessInfo processInfo] processName]]];

Maybe you’ll find a use for it somewhere.

posted by ganyard at 10:30 pm  

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Now even more Stylish!

(Alright, I found something that was broken that I had overlooked in my implementation. Thanks to Matt Gemmell for helping me resolve the error of my ways.)

StyledWindow now plays properly with Toolbars.

Download now available on GitHub

posted by ganyard at 2:06 pm  

Sunday, November 12, 2006

A smattering of Pixie dust.

Pixie is a great tool. If you’re interested in using StyledWindow to recreate existing Polished Metal implementations here are some values for you.


[styledWindow setBorderStartColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.7686 alpha:1.0]];
[styledWindow setBorderEndColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.5922 alpha:1.0]];
[styledWindow setBorderEdgeColor: [NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.2510 alpha:1.0]];

iMovie HD & iDVD:

[styledWindow setBorderStartColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.7686 alpha:1.0]];
[styledWindow setBorderEndColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.5922 alpha:1.0]];
[styledWindow setBorderEdgeColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.2549 alpha:1.0]];


[styledWindow setBorderStartColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.7686 alpha:1.0]];
[styledWindow setBorderEndColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.5922 alpha:1.0]];
[styledWindow setBorderEdgeColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.4039 alpha:1.0]];

iTunes 7:

[styledWindow setBorderStartColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.7725 alpha:1.0]];
[styledWindow setBorderEndColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.5882 alpha:1.0]];
[styledWindow setBorderEdgeColor:[NSColor colorWithDeviceWhite:0.2510 alpha:1.0]];

You can use the Demo App to figure out the heights of the borders.

posted by ganyard at 12:14 pm  

Friday, November 10, 2006

Establish some momentum

Being new to this whole blogging thing… I’m going to try make frequent posts. Attempt to establish the habit of putting stuff up or at least writing about putting stuff up.

Those that know me know that talking about stuff isn’t usually a problem, so I’ll just need to work on the discipline of writing about stuff.

But this will really just be a post about posting… not quite. I forgot I had something to share.

And a little workflow you might find useful. I got annoyed about the number of steps required to get an Xcode project posted, so I built an Automater workflow: “Archive Xcode Project”.

Just put it in ~/Library/Workflows/Applications/Finder/ (create the path if needed) and you can control-click on an Xcode Project folder and get a nice clean archive ready for distribution. It strips .svn dirs, Build dirs and [username].* foo from your projects and then zips. Nice clean archives for sharing with friends and family.


posted by ganyard at 6:25 pm  

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Reflections Upon a Blog

Ok, that’s pretty cheap.

Everyone loves the glossy table top reflections in iChat’s video conferencing. Right? Ok, you have to at least admit that you like showing it to your Windows using associates.

So here’s my contribution to virtualizing real life: a category on NSImage that provides you with a reflection of an image. And it comes with a spiffy Demo App so you can fine tune it to get just the right amount of reflection without having to recompile every time.

Download and Enjoy

posted by ganyard at 7:45 am  

Sunday, November 5, 2006

NSImage Reflection

A Category on NSImage to produce a reflection, with the ability to set how much of the reflection is shown.

Download now available on GitHub <30 Apr 2013>

posted by ganyard at 7:42 am  

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Stylish Windows

NSWindow. Very flexible stuff. It’s used *everywhere*. I mean it, everywhere, look for yourself, hit cmd-shift-4 and then press the spacebar. Move that camera icon around, over Desktop icons, Dock items, Menu Extras, etc, etc. Everywhere.

Pretty versatile.

But most of us still just use what IB provides. Matt Gemmell released TunesWindow a while back and it provided a great solution to making something a bit more unique. I just thought it could be even more flexible so I built StyledWindow based on it. (thanks Matt!)

And since John Gruber delivered the obituary on the Apple HIG at C4 (and everyone is talking about it: Daniel Jalkut, Uli Kusterer, Michael Tsai, Scott Stevenson, et al), it seems time to release this so everyone can now define their own HIG.

Download and Enjoy. now available on GitHub <30 Apr 2013>

posted by ganyard at 4:18 pm  

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