Tag Archives: UITabbarController

Tutorial: Storyboard in XCode 4.2 with Navigation Controller and Tabbar Controller (Part 1)

Based upon the fact that there are still very few tutorials on how to use the storyboarding stuff in Xcode 4.2 (iOS 5) – I’ve decided to write this second and slightly more complicated tutorial. The output of the tutorial will be an app which uses a tab bar, navigation controllers and a table view controller. It won’t be the most complex of tutorials but should serve to help those who are confused about wiring up a slightly more complex view controller setup. In this part, we will set up the bulk of the work and get some views working. In part 2, we will look at the table side of things.

Before we start, you should download the image pack (below) for the tab bar images I’ll be using. These images are beautifully crafted by Joseph Wain from Glyphish.com. As a side note, Joseph has just released Glyphish Pro 3 which can be purchased from his website for very little money!  It includes 400 icons for iPhone and iPad development that are an absolute must for developers! The images are reused here with permission. Of course, if you’d prefer to have imageless tab bar items then feel free to skip this step (and the image assignment steps later on) but it won’t look as cool!

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Putting a UINavigationController within a UITabbarController

There seem to be quite a few people asking how to use a UINavigationController within a UITabbarController so I decided to put together this very quick tutorial.  We will build a very small (useless) app which will consist of the following…

  • A tab bar with two tab bar items
  • The first tab item will have a standard view controller
  • The second tab item will have a view controller backed by a navigation controller
  • A button which pushes a new view onto the nav controller
  • All of these views will be bound together programatically in the app delegate.

So our application won’t do much – but you’ll get to see one way of making it all fit together.  Okay, here goes. Continue reading