Creating Awesome iOS Interfaces
Essential Foundations from Prototyping to Animation and UI to Gesture Recognizers
By Joshua B. Smith, Jonathan Penn
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2014
Run time: 2 hours 47 minutes

If you want to create iOS interfaces that feature robust interactions and animation, this video course is the perfect way to get started. Josh Smith and Jonathan Penn of Rubber City Wizards teach beginning and intermediate iOS developers the foundational skills necessary to bring your app’s user interface to life through creative interaction, transitions, and animation.

By the end of this video course, you’ll be able to prototype interactions and UIs, use gestures more effectively, and debug and test your designs with Apple’s Instruments tool.

  • Learn how to prototype your application and gain feedback from real users
  • Delve into the basics of implicit animation and advanced techniques for explicit animation
  • Build a dynamic scene with the UI Kit Dynamics API
  • Understand the difference between discrete and continuous gesturese
  • Learn how to write your own gesture recognizers
  • Use Instruments and the LLVM Debugger to find and fix problems
  • Capture and test interactions in your application with UI Automation
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  • Not comprehensive enough

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Comments about oreilly Creating Awesome iOS Interfaces:

First, I will say that I'm not an iOS developer. This video is obviously a part of a series. This was not apparent when I bought this video. It should provide links in the description to the other videos.

Second, the title suggested to me that it would focus on the visual UI design (and possibly best practices). Instead, it only touches how to use paper design for basic layouts. I expected more discussion on advanced layouts.

Third, two of the videos were too low quality and resolution. If I watched this on an iPhone, I might not have noticed. But since I watch videos on my big screen, it is useless. This meant that the section on the physics engine was a waste of time since it was unreadable.

Finally, I was annoyed by the random red-screen flashes in the videos.

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