I’ve been busy since I fully rewrote SpeakerClock in SwiftUI. That was model 1.2.0.
The App Retailer gives an idea referred to as Common Buy, which is the place buying an app on one system additionally unlocks it on all different supported platforms. Within the earlier model I added a Mac model. This replace now provides the AppleTV model. Nonetheless a minor replace, as a result of the performance is similar, but all three variations profit from enhancements.
As on the opposite platforms I wished to maintain the UI similar, whereas optimising for the display dimensions at hand. The primary problem was that opposite to the direct manipulation on the opposite platforms (with finger or mouse pointer) you might be controlling concentrate on Apple TV with the distant.
So my spherical LED buttons have a further white circle if they’re in focus. That didn’t look good for the LED digits nevertheless. So there I used the LED digits shadow to offer it a white glow. Whereas the timer is thus focussed you may modify it by swiping horizontally in your Apple TV distant.
I wished to keep away from having the white glow being energetic whereas the timer is working, it could quickly be annoying to the person. So should you begin the timer by way of tapping on the distant, I place focus again on the at present energetic preset.
The second massive change for the Apple TV involved the person information which is proven by way of the button with the query mark. Since there is no such thing as a direct manipulation of a scroll view I experimented with having the person paragraphs be focusable. However that didn’t work out properly.
In the long run I discarded the ScrollView and as an alternative put the person person information sections on separate tabs. Since there was a number of empty house across the textual content, I added some eye sweet. A few of which is definitely interactive.
Lastly, the hidden bonus characteristic which presumably solely builders would care about issues the a number of layers of the app icon. The icons are all generated with authentic reside person interface parts from the app. The non-TV icons had been fairly easy to do like that. On TV nevertheless an app icon has a number of layers that are proven three-dimensionally floating in an superior parallax impact.
To realize this for SpeakerClock I divided the a number of layers such that you’ve got the inactive LED bars on the again, the energetic LED parts within the center and the visitors mild within the entrance.
Subsequent up I’ll be trying right into a Watch app. Though there it’d make sense to attend for the iOS 15 characteristic the place you may proceed to replace the display each second. Additionally it is best to be capable to use the watch as distant management for SpeakerClock working on every other platforms.
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