Wednesday, October 17, 2012

UIActivityViewController iOS 6

Sharing is indeed one of the important concepts when it comes to mobile computing people love to share about the recent events in their life. 

Apple in iOS6 has introduced a class which will help the developers to give multiple options to the users for sharing.

The new class introduced by apple is called UIActivityViewController which will help the developers to do this.

This class makes use of the account settings for various social networks or mail present in your iOS devices.

So let’s see how to make use of this class

Step 1: Open Xcode and create a single view based application, in the viewController.xib add the object of the UIButton class

Step 2: Declare the IBAction method in the viewcontroller.h file and connect it with the UIButton present in the XIB

Step 3: Let’s have a look at the code part of the IBAction method in the view controller.m file.

Code Explanation: In the above code we have to create the object of the UIActivityIndicatorViewController and what so every data you want to post you have to provide it in an array to it.

Step 4: All set and done now run the application and touch the button and when you do you will get the following output.

As i have said earlier it makes use of the accounts that the user has already set up with the iOS device so currently i have not set up any settings for facebook and if i select facebook for sharing then i get a message which asks me to set up my facebook account in the settings option.

If you want to attach an image for sharing then you need to add the image object in the array and leave everything as it is.

Now when you again run the application then you will get the following result

The last part pending is how to tackle completion of a particular posting event by this controller, 

Now when you post using any of the social media then you will receive a pop up which would describe whether the posting was successful or not and in the console you may check which media you have used.

You may download the source code from here.

I hope that this post has helped you out in using the UIActivityIndicatorViewController, in case if you are having any questions or queries then do let me know via mail or via comments.

Until then Happy iCoding and have a great Day.


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  2. But how can you run a IBAction from your viewController from the UIActivityViewController... i open my UIActivityViewController in lets call it MYviewController in that i have a IBAction called inApp.

    how do i run that ?

  3. here is no any option to use image as wallpaper?

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