I’ve been busy since I fully rewrote SpeakerClock in SwiftUI. That was model 1.2.0.
The App Retailer gives an idea known as Common Buy, which is the place buying an app on one gadget 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 an identical, but all three variations profit from enhancements.
As on the opposite platforms I wished to maintain the UI an identical, 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’re 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 alter it by swiping horizontally in your Apple TV distant.
I wished to keep away from having the white glow being lively whereas the timer is working, it will quickly be annoying to the person. So in the event you begin the timer by way of tapping on the distant, I place focus again on the at present lively 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 isn’t a direct manipulation of a scroll view I experimented with having the person paragraphs be focusable. However that didn’t work out effectively.
Ultimately I discarded the ScrollView and as a substitute put the person person information sections on separate tabs. Since there was a whole lot of empty area 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 considerations the a number of layers of the app icon. The icons are all generated with unique dwell 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 attain this for SpeakerClock I divided the a number of layers such that you’ve the inactive LED bars on the again, the lively LED parts within the center and the site 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 you need to be capable to use the watch as distant management for SpeakerClock working on some other platforms.
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