Coding Help

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by sethi.hitesh, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2006
    Hi All,

    I am very new to Apple, and presently i am trying to make a screen (somehting like a contact list screen of iChat)

    The problem that i am facing is that i am not able to attach a thumbnail picture of the person along with his name.

    Can anybody help me as to what shall i do to have a contact list with images and name side by side.

    I shall be very greatful if the replies are also CC'ed to my e mail address

  2. macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    I haven't been invlolved with iChat.. but I think you are in the wrong forum section here...
  3. Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    By 'screen' do you actually mean window?

    I'm sorry but it sounds that any answer I give will be really over your head at the moment. But here goes. In Cocoa you need to add the NSImage of the thumbnail as an attachment to an NSAttributedString. In other languages you'd do it differently - you don't say what language you're using.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2006
    Hi Caveman,

    Thanks for the reply, I am using Objective C to design the GUI .

    Since i am new to programming so not clear with it, Is it possible for you to send me small demo along with the code or any kind of help.

    I shall really appreciate the same.

  5. Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK

    Putting an image into an attributed string
    You'll need to use a text attachment.
    - (NSAttributedString *) prettyName
        NSTextAttachment *attachment;
        attachment = [[[NSTextAttachment alloc] init] autorelease];
        NSCell *cell = [attachment attachmentCell];
        NSImage *icon = [self icon]; // or wherever you are getting your image
        [cell setImage: icon];
        NSString *name = [self name];
        NSAttributedString *attrname;
        attrname = [[NSAttributedString alloc] initWithString: name];
        NSMutableAttributedString *prettyName;
        prettyName = (id)[NSMutableAttributedString attributedStringWithAttachment:
                                                    attachment]; // cast to quiet compiler warning
        [prettyName appendAttributedString: attrname];
        [attrname release];
        return (prettyName);
    } // prettyName
    This puts the image at the front of the string. To put the image in the middle of the string, you'll need to create an attributedstring with attachment, and then append that to your final attributed string.
    You would probably need to modify this but a buddy list is basically an NSTableView with the objectFor... datasource method returning the required attributed string. There's loads of stuff you can do with custom cells in TableViews but it's rather complicated and requires custom drawing code.

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