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Umbrellas | iOS Universal Minimal Chat App Template (Swift)

Umbrellas | iOS Universal Minimal Chat App Template (Swift)

Umbrellas | iOS Universal Minimal Chat App Template (Swift)



Umbrellas | iOS Universal Minimal Chat App Template (Swift)



Feb 10th 2017
• Added some PFInstallation() code into the 'applicationDidBecomeActive()' function in AppDelegate.swift, in order to reset the app's badge icons to 0 
• Updated the User Guide with a new link for the APN .p12 certificates creation tutorial
Jan 21st 2017
• Updated to XCode 8.2.1
• Updated the User Guide
• Updated GoogleMobileAds.framework and its relative code
Nov 4th 2016
• Updated to XCode 8.1
• Removed all 'contView' UIViews from their ScrollViews since Apple has fixed the bug in Storyboard
Sep 28th 2016
• Changed Push Notifications system into back4app Push | Removed OneSignal
Sep 20th 2016
• Updated to Xcode 8
• We had to embed all the views that are in ScrollViews into a UIView called 'contView' in Storyboard, so the app will keep all layouts ok due to a bug of Xcode 8 on Autoresizing mask. 
You'll find this line of code into viewDidLoad() methods in the .swift files that have a ScrollView:
    contView.frame.size.width = view.frame.size.width
NOTE: Due to the bug on Xcode 8, every time you'll reopen your Xcode project, you will have to select those 'contView' UIViews and set their width to 320 by using the Size inspector panel on the right size
Aug 5th 2016
• We've removed the Report Button in InboxVC.swift because it opens the native Mail app and Apple reviewers don't want it, also that feature is not useless since you can directly block a User from the UsersVC controller
• Updated GoogleMobileAds.framework
Jul 19th 2016
• Accordingly to new EULA Apple terms, we've added an option to Block a user in UsersVC.swift: Now you can instantly block/unblock users by swiping a user's cell left and tap "Block"/"Unblock" button.
Please note that we've added also a new instance in SignUp.swift, into the signupButt:()
      var hasBlocked = [String]()
      hasBlocked.append("")
      userForSignUp[USER_HAS_BLOCKED] = hasBlocked  

That will create a column of type Array in your Parse Dashboard -> User class that will store the objectID's of the users you'll block. So now if you already have some data in your Parse database and it's not the first time you run the app, if must manually add the "hasBlocked" Array column in your Parse Dashboard, then enter all the rows and type [""], as shown in this example: https://s31.postimg.org/l8107xw5n/block.jpg
When you'll be done, remove your app from your real device or Simulator and run it again.

NOTE: If you just purchased the app and run it for the first time, ignore the steps above, the app will automatically create the necessary column while signing up as a new User.
May 10th 2016
• Updated the SignUp.swift code -> signUpButt() method, now it prevents users from signing up wihtout filling all the text fields
May 6th 2016
• Went back to Parse SDK, hosted on back{4}app | removed CloudKit
• Removed iAd banners, left AdMob ones





This app template is a sort of “challenge” against WhatsApp, WeChat and all moderns chat apps :)
Umbrellas is a super minimal, old-fashioned conversations app where you can quickly login/sign up by just choosing a nickname and password, search for other users to chat with, no pictures or media, just text or links!
You can directly block offensive users by a left-swipe on a User’s cell in the Home screen and tap Block/Unblock button

Why calling it Umbrellas? Because we’ve got inspired by an old chat website called Under Debbie’s Blue Umbrella, discovered while reading Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes book :)
We hope you’ll enjoy this challenge as well as we did!



Umbrellas is a native XCode project, Swift language, with Storyboard, Parse SDK hosted on http://back4app.com, super easy to customize.
Check out its video preview to see it in action!


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  • XCode 8.x project – Swift – 64bit
  • iOS 8/9/10+ – Universal – Storyboard
  • AdMob banners
  • Works with Parse SDK hosted on back{4}app
  • Parse Push Notifications for new messages
  • Terms of User .html file and Report feature included
  • PDF User Guide included
  • PSD graphics included
  • Easy to customize, well commented code

Have fun with Umbrellas, and don’t forget to rate it on your Downloads page!





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