Latest 1.9.7
Homepage https://github.com/sp71/SnapLayout
License MIT
Platforms ios 9.0, osx 10.11, tvos 9.0, requires ARC
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SnapLayout

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Concise API for Auto Layout. SnapLayout extends UIView and NSView to deliver a list of APIs to improve readability while also shortening constraint code. Internally uses AutoLayout to provide the best experience. With SnapLayout, developers can remove boilerplate code but not at the cost of readability.

Imagine applying any or all of the following constraints in one line of code to a view: top, leading, trailing, bottom, width, height, centerX, centerY. Not enough? Start chaining your snap calls to support adjacents snaps. This is all possible with SnapLayout.

Why Use It?

Lets use a real world example. Lets say the following view needs to be added. It has a centerX, centerY, width, and height constraint.

SnapLayout

Apple:

squareView.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = false
squareView.widthAnchor.constraint(equalToConstant: 50)
squareView.heightAnchor.constraint(equalToConstant: 50)
squareView.centerXAnchor.constraint(equalTo: squareSuperview.centerXAnchor, constant: 0)
squareView.centerYAnchor.constraint(equalTo: squareSuperview.centerYAnchor, constant: 0)

SnapLayout:

squareView.snap(width: 50, height: 50, centerX: 0, centerY: 0)

SnapLayout handles translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints and references the superview of squareView when applying constraints. Built to be flexible, yet readable.

Setup

Requirements

  • Xcode
    • Language Support: Swift (3.0)
    • Fully Compatible With: Xcode 8.0 and higher
  • iOS
    • Fully Compatible With: iOS 9.0 and above
  • macOS
    • Fully Compatible With: macOS 10.11 and above
  • tvOS
    • Fully Compatible With: tvOS 9.0 and above

Installation with CocoaPods

pod "SnapLayout"

Installation with Carthage

github "sp71/SnapLayout"

Usage

Overview

  • All methods are prefixed with snap for quick Xcode autocomplete.
  • Directly uses NSLayoutAnchor under the hood so the API is developer friendly
  • Any view using SnapLayout will not only have its translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints set to false, but also have its constraint activated.
  • Snap offers many default parameters including the view argument. If a view parameter is not supplied, it is assumed your view will be snapping to its superview.
  • Powerful API supporting snapping of adjacent views

Methods

func snap(to view: View? = nil, top: CGFloat? = nil, leading: CGFloat? = nil, bottom: CGFloat? = nil, trailing: CGFloat? = nil, width: CGFloat? = nil, height: CGFloat? = nil, centerX: CGFloat? = nil, centerY: CGFloat? = nil, priority: LayoutPriority = LayoutPriorityRequired, isActive: Bool = true) -> SnapManager
func snap(to view: View? = nil, config: SnapConfig, priority: LayoutPriority = LayoutPriorityRequired, isActive: Bool = true) -> SnapManager
func snapWidth(to view: View, multiplier: CGFloat = 1, priority: LayoutPriority = LayoutPriorityRequired, isActive: Bool = true) -> SnapManager
func snapHeight(to view: View, multiplier: CGFloat = 1, priority: LayoutPriority = LayoutPriorityRequired, isActive: Bool = true) -> SnapManager
func snap(size: CGSize, priority: LayoutPriority = LayoutPriorityRequired, isActive: Bool = true) -> SnapManager
func snap(trailingView: View, constant: CGFloat = 0, priority: LayoutPriority = LayoutPriorityRequired, isActive: Bool = true) -> SnapManager
func snap(leadingView: View, constant: CGFloat = 0, priority: LayoutPriority = LayoutPriorityRequired, isActive: Bool = true) -> SnapManager
func snap(bottomView: View, constant: CGFloat = 0, priority: LayoutPriority = LayoutPriorityRequired, isActive: Bool = true) -> SnapManager
func snap(topView: View, constant: CGFloat = 0, priority: LayoutPriority = LayoutPriorityRequired, isActive: Bool = true) -> SnapManager

Sample Code

let buttonSnapManager = button.snap(top: 50, leading: 50, trailing: 50, width: 30)
buttonSnapManager.top?.constant = 100

Not only has this button applied 4 constraints to its superview, but each individual constraint is accessible through the returned SnapManager type. The beauty of SnapLayout is not only its powerful API interface, but how easy it is to adjust constraints. Other API’s simply return an array, but not SnapLayout. Each constraint is neatly packaged into a SnapManager.

Snapping Adjacent Views

button1.snap(trailingView: button2, constant: 8)

These buttons are now side by side where button2 is now the trailingView. No longer will developers have to think which trailing constraint should apply to which leading constraint. This keeps the code lean and clean.

Chaining

let snapManager = view.snap(top: 8, leading: 8, width: 50)
                      .snapHeight(to: superview, multiplier: 0.5)
print(snapManager.top?.constant)    # 8.0
print(snapManager.height?.constant) # 0.5

Snap calls may also be chained and will continue to return a SnapManager.

Config

A SnapConfig struct is also available where a developer may list all of their constraint constants beforehand and provide this type to the snap method argument.

let config = SnapConfig(top: 50, leading: 50, trailing: 50, width: 30, centerX: 0)
button.snap(config: config)

Priority

SnapLayout assumes required priority (same default as Apple) unless otherwise specified for those created constraints.

button1.snap(trailingView: button2, constant: 8, priority: UILayoutPriorityDefaultLow)

In the following example, the top, leading, bottom, and trailing constraint all have a priority of required; however, the height constraint has a UILayoutPriorityDefaultHigh priority. That’s it!

rectangleView.snap(top: 48, leading: 16, bottom: 16, trailing: 16)
             .snap(height: 40, priority: UILayoutPriorityDefaultHigh)

To Activate or not to Activate

SnapLayout, by default, activates all constraints it creates; however, this can be disabled by passing false to isActive.

button1.snap(trailingView: button2, constant: 8, isActive: false)

Debugging

SnapLayout will also print out errors to log if a snap was not properly applied.

SnapLayout Error - No constraint was applied for view: <UIView: 0x7fcb8f4031d0; frame = (0 0; 0 0); layer = <CALayer: 0x608000036320>>

Safe Area Layout Guide Support

SnapLayout will apply constraints using safeAreaLayoutGuide if the app is running iOS 11; otherwise, it will apply the view’s layout anchors directly.

Example Apps

To run the example project, run pod try SnapLayout.

This example project contains not only an Example-iOS target, but also an Example-MacOS target. This is a great introduction to become more familiar with the library.

Blogs

Author

Satinder Singh, [email protected]

License

SnapLayout is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.

Latest podspec

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    "name": "SnapLayout",
    "version": "1.9.7",
    "summary": "Concise API for iOS Auto Layout",
    "description": "# SnapLayoutnConcise API for iOS Auto Layout. SnapLayout extends `UIView` to deliver a list of APIs to improven readability while also shortening constraint code. Internally uses AutoLayout to provide the best n experience. With SnapLayout, developers can remove boilerplate code but not at the cost of readability.nnImagine applying any or all of the following constraints in one line of code: top, leading, trailing, nbottom, width, height, centerX, centerY. This is possible with `SnapLayout`.",
    "homepage": "https://github.com/sp71/SnapLayout",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    },
    "authors": {
        "Satinder Singh": "[email protected]"
    },
    "source": {
        "git": "https://github.com/sp71/SnapLayout.git",
        "tag": "1.9.7"
    },
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "9.0",
        "osx": "10.11",
        "tvos": "9.0"
    },
    "requires_arc": true,
    "source_files": "SnapLayout/Classes/**/*",
    "pushed_with_swift_version": "3.0"
}

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