Which template to use?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by inspirations365, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. inspirations365 macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2008
    Hey everyone,

    I'm working on this idea for an app, and now that I have the SDK, I'm jumping right in.

    Something that confuzzles me, though: I'm not sure which template to use for what I'm trying to do. The whole Navigation Bar vs. Toolbar vs. Tab Bar thing is kinda hindering my progress.

    What I want is much like the Facebook app kind of layout with a Tab Bar (that has five buttons) at the bottom and a toolbar at the top with different buttons for every tab. Also, if possible, I'd like to have a sort of title/loading screen too. I was going with title screen, but I'm not sure which dimensions I would use for the picture (since the Tab Bar and Toolbar would take up parts of the screen, whereas with a loading screen they wouldn't).

    One more question: I don't understand how the Tab Bar icons, the actual pictures, are supposed to be formatted. Again, going with the Facebook app as an example, should I make the .png's a certain size/color? Are there standard icons? Same question for the Toolbar icons.

    Thank you to anyone willing to help me out a bit.
  2. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    I'd either start with a Tab-Bar template or a Windows-based one and roll all your own tab bar controllers, etc. The latter is my recommendation since you get better control over how everything is put together.

    Normally a title/loading screen is achieved by just adding a Default.png to your app bundle. It should be 320x480.

    It sounds like you haven't looked through the iPhone Application Programming Guide or the iPhone Human Interface Guidelines doc. You should.
  3. inspirations365 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2008
    Thanks a lot for your help.

    I've come quite a way because of it. Now, I've run into another speedbump, however.

    I've made my TabView controller-based app, but for one of the tabs I want to make a webview. Because I've started and built my entire project with Interface Builder, it makes it difficult to follow this very helpful tutorial: http://www.iphonedevcentral.org/tutorials.php?page=ViewTutorial&id=40&uid=5142498.

    I do want the finished product to look like the one in the tutorial, but I'm not sure how to go about making an effective WebView using IB. Can anyone help me with that?

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