Category Archives: iPhone

iPhone – transparent imageview tint

Drop-in solution for a tintable/blendable “imageview”:

The .h file:


@interface UIBlendableImageView : UIView

- (id)initWithImage:(UIImage*)image andTintColor:(UIColor*)tintColor;


The .m file:

#import "UIBlendableImageView.h"

@implementation UIBlendableImageView

- (id)initWithImage:(UIImage*)image andTintColor:(UIColor*)tintColor
    self = [super initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, image.size.width, image.size.height)];
    if (self) {
        UIImageView *maskImageView = [[[UIImageView alloc] initWithImage:image] autorelease];
        [maskImageView setFrame:[self bounds]];
        [[self layer] setMask:[maskImageView layer]];
        [self setBackgroundColor:tintColor];
    return self;


Remove all accents in NSString

// convert to a data object, using a lossy conversion to ASCII
NSData *asciiEncoded = [yourOriginalString dataUsingEncoding:NSASCIIStringEncoding

// take the data object and recreate a string using the lossy conversion
NSString *other = [[NSString alloc] initWithData:asciiEncoded
// relinquish ownership
[other autorelease];


Preventing backup to iCloud

5.1 and up

- (BOOL)addSkipBackupAttributeToItemAtURL:(NSURL *)URL
    assert([[NSFileManager defaultManager] fileExistsAtPath: [URL path]]);
    NSError *error = nil;
    BOOL success = [URL setResourceValue: [NSNumber numberWithBool: YES]
                                  forKey: NSURLIsExcludedFromBackupKey error: &error];
        NSLog(@"Error excluding %@ from backup %@", [URL lastPathComponent], error);
    return success;


- (BOOL)addSkipBackupAttributeToItemAtURL:(NSURL *)URL
    assert([[NSFileManager defaultManager] fileExistsAtPath: [URL path]]);
    const char* filePath = [[URL path] fileSystemRepresentation];
    const char* attrName = "";
    u_int8_t attrValue = 1;
    int result = setxattr(filePath, attrName, &attrValue, sizeof(attrValue), 0, 0);
    return result == 0;


Runtime iOS Version Checking

Simple preprocessor macros to detect the current iOS version at runtime.

The NSNumericSearch compare option is very clever and can evaluate various types of numeric strings, including period separated integer strings!


 *  System Versioning Preprocessor Macros

#define SYSTEM_VERSION_EQUAL_TO(v)                  ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] == NSOrderedSame)
#define SYSTEM_VERSION_GREATER_THAN(v)              ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] == NSOrderedDescending)
#define SYSTEM_VERSION_GREATER_THAN_OR_EQUAL_TO(v)  ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] != NSOrderedAscending)
#define SYSTEM_VERSION_LESS_THAN(v)                 ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] == NSOrderedAscending)
#define SYSTEM_VERSION_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL_TO(v)     ([[[UIDevice currentDevice] systemVersion] compare:v options:NSNumericSearch] != NSOrderedDescending)

 *  Usage



Reachability with ARC and GCD

This is a drop-in replacement for Apples Reachability class. It is ARC compatible, uses the new GCD methods to notify of network interface changes.

In addition to the standard NSNotification it supports the use of Blocks for when the network becomes reachable and unreachable.

Finally you can specify wether or not a WWAN connection is considered “reachable”.

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Parsing date fields with NSDateFormatter ignoring locale

In many cases if the iOS device international settings is not set to US, you may have errors parsing text-based dates from e.g. RSS feeds.
The solution is to set the NSDateFormatter locale to en_US_POSIX.

NSLocale *locale = [[NSLocale alloc] initWithLocaleIdentifier:@"en_US_POSIX"];
[dateFormatter setLocale:locale];
[locale release];

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