How to use Templates in Xcode for App Design?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by W4nh3d4, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. W4nh3d4 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2016
    Hey guys, im new to iOS developing and im not familiar with using templates. I know there are many templates out here, but there is no tutorial how to use them. I tried little steps with TETHR but i'm not clear about it. How can i implement those beautiful designs which i found on the internet? I'm using swift and Xcode 8, photoshop is available if it helps.
  2. Essenar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2008
    Don't use them.
    They have a lot of junk code that's rarely useful that you usually end up ripping out.
    You'll spend more time cleaning up that extra code to make it a usable template.
    Learn Swift here:
    It's updated for Swift 3 and the go-to for learning Swift until Stanford uploads iOS 10 next Spring.
    You can learn Swift 2.3/iOS 9 from iTunes through the Stanford course but it's going to be a little outdated.
  3. bjet767 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2010
    Actually many, if not the majority, of tutorials use a template to start the program.

    They provide some really useful code
    • Your project setup, plists, basic foundations
    • Starting storyboards
    • Basic files for things like table views, core data, documents
    • Watch files
    • And much more.
    Start playing with the templates in Xcode and see what they do. Also check out the tutorials mentioned in other threads about getting started in programming iOS and see how they use the templates to get an app started.
  4. W4nh3d4 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2016
    I'm talking about Design (UI) not about general things!
  5. 1458279 Suspended


    May 1, 2010
    I just looked at TETHR for the 1st time, didn't dig too deep yet, but i'll look into it.

    I didn't see what you actually get from them, it says "app screens for demo" so do you actually get the source code? Are these templates for some other product?
    If you don't get the source code, I'd pass on it.

    There's other sites that offer complete code or what I consider best, is a tutorial that teaches you how to program it from scratch or using a 3rd party tool.

    I see you're new to app dev. Apps can be programed a number of ways. You can download xcode and write programs in ObjC/Swift and you can add on 3rd party tools to do things or just use it out of the box.

    You can also use engines that do things like game engines (Unity and others). These can work inside of xcode/objC/Swift or they might be stand alone tools like Unity.

    TETHR looks like it has ready made projects that you can modify to fit your needs. These might be in the form of templates and could be well done, save a ton of time and can be a great learning tool.

    I use a number of 3rd party tools for RSS feeds, slide out menus, database, etc...

    One downside is that they might not have good support, they might not be updated to the latest versions of whatever Apple puts out and tutorials might be hard to find.

    Unity has books and tons of tutorials because it's popular. The slide out menu I use didn't have but a few tutorials.

    GitHub has a whole bunch of these add on and there's sites that list off a bunch with an overview of what they offer.

    Before you get too deep into any one thing, I'd search for tutorials and look for what kind of support it has.

    You should evaluate your goals, are you looking for a job or an app or just a hobby?

    Does the add on product give you the source code? If so, it can be a great learning tool.

    I, personally like the Ray's site for tutorials
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    I can't find anything on TETHR about getting the source code or even any other sites that have it.

    I also noticed that they have a "sell your product" on the menu. So it looks like a place to buy other people's work. That's not bad, but what do you actually get?

    I'd want to see the actual source code.

    If you don't get Swift or ObjC source code, I'd look at buying the source code from someone else's app or do some tutorials.
  6. bjet767 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2010

    Ok so what you want is help in making your views look really professional as in layout, font use, button design and such. That's what you mean by templates, pre-made designs you can modify for your app. Kind of like what people do with web pages.

    So far I don't think there is a really good source of such templates available for sale. As far as free goes again there's lots of code samples and demo programs all over the web, and GitHub is a source where people share their projects with others.
  7. 1458279 Suspended


    May 1, 2010
    Here's a site with full apps ready to run, you could use this as a starting point, IDK if this is what you had in mind or not. There's several sites out there that sell these and tons of tutorials as well.

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