iOS Dev Tools

The greatest iOS development tools, including websites, desktop and mobile apps, and back-end services. Updated daily by Max Ott.

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Codea

An app that lets you create games and simulations on your iPad using Lua. Codea is a great app for learning about building games, quickly testing out a new graphics idea, or just having fun. It comes with a complete code editor with intelligent syntax highlighting and auto-completion, and visual elements for setting colours, images and sounds. You can use the full physics engine, a fully featured 2D and 3D renderer, and live GLSL shader editor to make your games before running them live on the device. You can even export your finished projects to Xcode to produce real iOS apps.

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Micro Animations

An online marketplace of ready-made animations that you can buy as GIFs to use in your prototypes or apps. Micro Animations provides each animation as a transparent GIF in light and dark themes along with the original Photoshop file for you to tweak. All GIF animations and PNG images are royalty-free, which means they can be used in your App Store apps. And if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for you could at least use the library for a bit of inspiration. […]

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LottieFiles

An online collection of free, high quality animation files for the Lottie animation framework. LottieFiles lets designers and animators share their animations created in Adobe After Effects for developers you use in their iOS and Android apps. All animations can be previewed on the site before downloading the JSON file ready to be used by Lottie. Some are also supplied with the original AEP file so you tweak the animation and re-export for the exact effect you’re looking for. […]

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A library for iOS and Android from the developers at Airbnb that parses Adobe After Effects animations and renders the vector animations natively on mobile. Lottie can handle animations exported as JSON using the bodymovin plugin and as the animations are backed by JSON they can be complex without being huge in size. Best of all, as the animations are rendered as vectors they can be resized, looped, sped up, slowed down, and even interactively scrubbed without any loss in quality. […]

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