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ActionPack 3.2

Appracatappra, LLC.

A growing suite of customizable UI controls to enhance your mobile apps and excite your end users

About ActionPack

In today's world of ever expanding mobile devices, developers face a challenge when creating high quality, engaging and unique user experiences that not only look great but also work great across the multitude of phones, tablets, and even different operating systems.

That's where Appracatappra comes in. Our ActionPack suite is a collection of professional, highly customizable components that provide a solid foundation to develop rich, visually interesting, yet high performance cross-platform mobile applications quickly.

With ActionPack, we do all the heavy lifting for you, allowing you to spend more time focused on making your mobile app great and less on the details of implementation.

Native Cross-Platform

Nearly every ActionComponent included in the ActionPack suite is fully cross-platform between the iOS and Android mobile operating systems and each ActionComponent renders natively, taking on the look and feel of the OS they are running on. This ensures your mobile application looks and works its best on each system supported.

Great care was taken to keep the calling structures the same across platforms, thus allowing for the maximum of code reuse. In fact, the same code used to populate a component on one OS can be used, many times totally unchanged, on another. Again reducing the amount of time and code required.

Highly Customizable and Pixel Perfect

Because each ActionComponent in the ActionPack suite is rendered completely in vectors they are not only resolution independent, but they are also highly customizable.

By adjusting the values of the component's appearance property, you have full control of nearly every aspect of its appearance. In times when that's not enough, many of the components allow you to take total control and custom render elements of their UI.

And because our ActionComponents are built with vectors they also scale perfectly to match the screen size of any mobile device they are run on, from phone to tablet, which ensures your mobile application will render pixel perfect every time.

iOS 8 Ready

All of our ActionComponents have been completely updated to take full advantage of iOS 8 and the larger screen sizes represented by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Again, this works seamlessly because each ActionComponents is rendered as vectors.

Fully Documented

Every ActionComponent included in the ActionPack suite features a fully documented API so you'll never have to guess what a method or property is used for.

And as an added benefit, the sample app that comes with ActionPack has a local copy of the API reference along with all of the documentation for each component in the suite with a nifty index. It can be compiled and placed on an iPad or Android based tablet and used as a reference while coding.

Included Components

The ActionPack suite includes the following ActionComponents:


ActionAlert

ActionAlert is a highly customizable, cross platform alert and notification system for iOS and Android. Present both modal and non-modal alerts, dialog boxes and notifications with a minimal of code to quickly inform the user of the state of a process or alert them of a situation that needs their attention in your mobile app.

ActionAlert makes it easy include images, activity indicators, progress bars, and interactive buttons to a notification, while providing for a maximum of code reuse across platforms. In many cases the same code used to display an ActionAlert on one platform can be used virtually unchanged on another which not only saves time, but improves code maintainability.

For more detailed on ActionAlert, please see the About and Getting Started documentation here


ActionTable

ActionTable is a custom Table View Controller for iOS and custom ListView for Android that supports a range of features that allow you to create complex Table/List Views quickly, all with a minimum of code. By implementing the RequestData event on the ActionTable's dataSource property you can quickly populate any ActionTable without having to create custom classes.

The ActionTable UIActionTableItem class defines several helper function that make attaching accessory views a snap so you can quickly add things like switches and buttons to your table items without have to code them by hand. ActionTables make easy work of implementing your mobile apps settings.

The following helper function are available:

  • AddAccessorySwitch
  • AddAccessoryStepper
  • AddAccessorySlider
  • AddAccessoryActionImageView
  • AddAccessoryButton
  • AddAccessoryTextField

For more detailed on ActionTable, please see the About and Getting Started documentation here


ActionToast

ActionToast is simple, quick, single line popup notification system for iOS in the style of Toast for Android. ActionToast implements the same calling structure and styles as Toast for Android to assist in cross platform development.

Need to quickly catch a user's attention with a single line notification? ActionToast makes it easy. Either create an object of type UIActionToast and fill out it's properties or use the static MakeText method of the ActionToast class to create a popup. Next call the Show method to display it, just like in Xamarin.Android.

For more detailed on ActionToast, please see the About and Getting Started documentation here


ActionTray

ActionTray is a dockable, customizable, slide-out, tray view controller for iOS and Android that can be attached to the top, left, bottom or right sides of the screen. ActionTray supports three tray types:

  • Draggable - The user can drag the tray out from the edged anywhere between its open and closed positions or double tap it to snap between open and closed.
  • Popup - The tray will snap between its open and closed positions when its Drag Tab is touched
  • AutoClosingPopup - Just like the Popup tray but it will also close if the user taps its content area

You can place individual ActionTrays along any edge of the screen or place several ActionTrays together and attach them to an ActionTrayManager to control them as a group and use them like palettes or menus. The ActionTrayManager provides events to respond to user interaction in any of the trays it controls and it automatically ensures that only one tray in the group is open at a time.

For more detailed on ActionTray, please see the About and Getting Started documentation here


ActionView

ActionView is a collection of custom view controls and helper methods for iOS and Android that take the grunt work out of common user interface tasks. Create stunning experiences with easy by using ActionViews directly or use them as the basis of your own custom controls. If fact, ActionViews are the foundation of our other ActionComponents in the ActionPack suite.

Creating immersive, captivating mobile user interfaces usually means writing similar, repetitive code for common interface tasks. At Appracatappra we say, "Why reinvent the wheel?" That's why we created our ActionView low-level tool suite. They encapsulate the logic to handle common tasks such as tapping, moving, rotating and dragging so you can focus on making your mobile app great and not the details of implementation.

ActionView Subcomponents

ActionView is composed of the following subcomponents:

  • UIActionImage - This static class contains several helper functions for working with UIImages including the ability to detect an iPhone 5 (or greater) images in the form name-568@2x.ext and automatically load them in the place of name.ext or name@2x.ext files and helper routines for easily dealing with rotation.
  • UIActionImageView - Is a custom UIImageView that contains many useful built-in features such as being draggable with optional constraints for it's X and Y axis, user interaction events such as touched, moved and released, and provides methods to make moving, rotating and resizing easier and with less code.
  • UIActionLabel - Is a custom UILabel that containes events such and touched and released and helper methods to easily handle moving, rotating, and resizing.
  • UIActionView - Is a custom UIView that contains many useful built-in features such as being draggable with optional constraints for it's X and Y axis, user interaction events such as touched, moved and released, and provides methods to make moving, rotating and resizing easier and with less code.
  • UIActionViewController - Is an Android component for working with Views that have been inflated from a .axml file by providing a place to hold the code to handle any UI Widgets so you don't have to put it in the Activity class that is loading the view or create a new activity to support it. Create a child of this class, override the Initialize method and place the code to handle your UI Widgets there.
  • UIActionWebView - Is a custom UIWebView that contains many useful built-in features such as being draggable with optional constraints for it's X and Y axis, user interaction events such as touched, moved and released, and provides methods to make moving, rotating and resizing easier and with less code. Helper methods such as LoadFile and LoadURL make working with web views easier and with less code.
  • iOSDevice - Is a static, helper class that returns information about the iOS device your Xamarin.iOS app is running on.

For more detailed on ActionView, please see the About and Getting Started documentation here


ActionViewSplitter

ActionViewSplitter is a draggable, customizable divider between two views that can automatically handle resizing or moving the views attached to it. The ActionViewSplitter supports both horizontal and vertical orientations and has several options to control its behavior such as:

  • minimumBefore - Sets the minimal amount of space for the view before the splitter
  • minimunAfter - Sets the minimal amount of space for the view after the splitter
  • doubleTapAction - Can be set to move the splitter to the minimum before or after position
  • fullSplitterDraggable - Makes the entire splitter draggable and not just its dragThumb area

ActionViewSplitter is fully customizable with user definable appearances for every element of its UI and you can control the location of the dragThumb as: Top or Left, Middle, Bottom or Right (depending on the ActionViewSplitter's orientation).

For more detailed on ActionViewSplitter, please see the About and Getting Started documentation here


DownloadManager

DownloadManager handles the downloading of one or more files from the internet using either HTTP or FTP protocols. All downloads take place in a background thread so your mobile application's interface remains responsive.

DownloadManager provides several events for both the overall batch and for individual files that can be responded to such as:

  • DownloadError
  • DownloadCanceled
  • DowloadFileStarted
  • DownloadFileCompleted
  • FileDownloadProgressPercent
  • OverallDownloadProgressPercent
  • AllDownloadsCompleted

For more detailed on DownloadManager, please see the About and Getting Started documentation here


NavBar

NavBar is a left-side, icon based, customizable navigation strip and view controller for tablet based iOS and Android devices that supports several different types of user definable buttons such as:

  • View - Handles hiding and showing an attached view
  • AutoDisposingView - Handles hiding and showing an attached view and removes the view from memory when it loses focus
  • Tool - A button that has a user defined action when touched
  • Notification - A non-touchable icon displayed in the bar

NavBar has three separate regions that you can add buttons to: Top, Middle and Bottom. NavBar automatically handles the spacing and placement of buttons within the regions and responds to UIInterfaceOrientation events with smoothly animated transitions.

Note: While Navbar will work on small screen devices such as iPhones, iPod Touches and Android phones, it was designed for tablet devices as may not provide the best User Experience in these situations.

For more detailed on NavBar, please see the About and Getting Started documentation here


Trial Versions

The Trial version of ActionPack is fully functional but includes Toast style popups within the individual components. The fully licensed version removes these popups.

Some screenshots created with PlaceIt.

Release Notes

Version 03.02

The following features and bug fixes have been added to ActionPack in version 03.01:

  • iOS 9 - Added support for iOS 9 apps.
  • Download Manager - Fixed crash on cancel for iOS 9.

Version 03.01

The following features and bug fixes have been added to ActionPack in version 03.01:

  • Unified APIs - Updated support for the latest Unified APIs and Xamarin.iOS v8.6.

Version 03.00

The following features and bug fixes have been added to ActionPack in version 03.00:

  • Unified APIs - Support has been added for the Unified APIs.
  • ActionOval Preview - Includes a preview version of the new ActionOval control (currently iOS only).
  • Minor Bug Fixes - Several minor bug fixes.

Version 02.00

The following features and bug fixes have been added to ActionPack in version 02.00:

  • iOS 8 Support - Adds support for iOS 8.
  • Orientation Errors - Fixes issue where the components were not reading the device orientation correctly.
  • Size Errors - Fixes issue where the components were not reading the device screen size correctly.
  • Crashing - Fixes issue that could cause the sample app to crash on some machines.
  • ActionTable - Added delegates to the UIActionTableItem accessories to make them easier to work with (see new sample apps for usage).
  • ActionToast - Added new ShowText static method to create and display a Toast type popup easily.
  • UINavBar - Moves the top collection out from under the status bar on iOS 7 and greater.

Version 01.05

The following features and bug fixes have been added to ActionPack in version 01.05:

  • Export Selectors - Fixes an issue with export selectors in the latest version of Xamarin.
  • iOS Designer - Initial support for the iOS Designer.

Version 01.04

The following features and bug fixes have been added to ActionPack in version 01.04:

  • DisplayDefaultView - Fixes a bug where DisplayDefaultView only worked for the top collection of buttons in iOS.
  • ActionTable Android - Exposes titleColor and subtitleColor to work with the color of the title and subtiles of ActionTable cells on Android.

Version 01.03

The following features and bug fixes have been added to ActionPack in version 01.03:

  • ActionTable Text Size - This version fixes an issue that can occur with ActionTable and some Android devices where the text is cut off half-way in the middle.

Version 01.02

The following features and bug fixes have been added to ActionPack in version 01.02:

  • Custom Subview - Added the ability to attach a custom subview to the ActionAlert in place of the description text. The subview, can in turn, contain other subviews.

Version 01.01

The following features and bug fixes have been added to ActionPack in version 01.01:

  • Static Linking - Fixed an error with static linking in Xamarin.iOS.
  • Auto Select iOS 7 Styling - Automatically selects iOS 7 appearance if running on an iOS 7 device.
  • Color Adjustments - Adjusted several colors to better fit with iOS 7 design language
  • Screen Size Issue - Fixes an issues where the background overlay is incorrectly sized if running on iOS 7
  • Enhancements - Various other minor enhancement and performance tweaks.
Write a Review

2 reviews

Joseph Hanna

This component is not Unified API compliant. It causes a "Release" profile build error regarding missing methods: see http://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/49094/error#latest

I have written to the vendor support but no response. I have had to remove it from all of my apps to be able to be Unified API compliant in time for the iOS 9 release - which requires a new release to the App Store for all Xamarin built applications.

Posted on: August 30, 2015 / Version: 3.1
Dhanush

Hello,

I was trying the Download manager component in my project(iOS Unified). everything is working fine apart from cancel download, upon clicking cancel it is crashing the app. I have checked the sample project given , there also same result.

Could you please check and fix this ASAP?

Thanks in Advance.

Posted on: August 20, 2015 / Version: 3.1