Draw MKPolyline on MapView

This is how I managed to draw a line to my UIMapView. Be sure to set the map delegate to self as this is the main reason why I had a long time implementing the code. This is the code that I inserted inside my didUpdateToLocation method:

// Add new coordinate to coordinates array
[coordinatesArray addObject:newLocation];
CLLocationCoordinate2D allCoordinates[coordinatesArray.count];

int index = 0;
for (CLLocation *location in coordinatesArray) {
allCoordinates[index] = location.coordinate;

self.routeLine = [MKPolyline polylineWithCoordinates:allCoordinates count:coordinatesArray.count];
dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
[self.trackingMap addOverlay:self.routeLine level:MKOverlayLevelAboveRoads];

I also added this new methods for iOS7+ that renders the line to the map:

- (MKOverlayRenderer *)mapView:(MKMapView *)mapView rendererForOverlay:(id<MKOverlay>)overlay
if ([overlay isKindOfClass:[MKPolyline class]]) {
MKPolylineRenderer *renderer = [[MKPolylineRenderer alloc] initWithPolyline:overlay];
renderer.strokeColor = [UIColor redColor];
renderer.lineWidth = 5.0;
return renderer;
else return nil;

Track User Location on Map

This is the code I used to track user location in my map. This is for iOS5+ only. I placed this inside my didUpdateToLocation:fromLocation:

[_mapView setUserTrackingMode:MKUserTrackingModeFollow animated:YES];

Remove UITableView Extra Padding on Top

This is what I did to remove the extra padding on top of my UITableView inside my UITableViewController

self.tableView.tableHeaderView = [[UIView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0.0f, 0.0f, self.tableView.bounds.size.width, 0.01f)];

Create UITableView header That Stretches Below and Sticks on Top

This is how you create a table with a header that is constantly located above and can be stretched downwards:


Set Title Text Attributes in iOS 5 or Later



// Customize the title text for *all* UINavigationBars
[[UINavigationBar appearance] setTitleTextAttributes:
[NSDictionary dictionaryWithObjectsAndKeys:
[UIColor colorWithRed:255.0/255.0 green:255.0/255.0 blue:255.0/255.0 alpha:1.0],
[UIColor colorWithRed:0.0 green:0.0 blue:0.0 alpha:0.8],
[NSValue valueWithUIOffset:UIOffsetMake(0, -1)],
[UIFont fontWithName:@”Arial-Bold” size:0.0],

Or if you prefer literals:

[[UINavigationBar appearance] setTitleTextAttributes:@{
UITextAttributeTextColor: [UIColor colorWithRed:255.0/255.0 green:255.0/255.0 blue:255.0/255.0 alpha:1.0],
UITextAttributeTextShadowColor: [UIColor colorWithRed:0.0 green:0.0 blue:0.0 alpha:0.8],
UITextAttributeTextShadowOffset: [NSValue valueWithUIOffset:UIOffsetMake(0, -1)],
UITextAttributeFont: [UIFont fontWithName:@”Arial-Bold” size:0.0],

Creating Gradients Programmatically

Source: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/422066/gradients-on-uiview-and-uilabels-on-iphone

UIView *view = [[[UIView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 320, 100)] autorelease];
CAGradientLayer *gradient = [CAGradientLayer layer];
gradient.frame = view.bounds;
gradient.colors = [NSArray arrayWithObjects:(id)[[UIColor blackColor] CGColor], (id)[[UIColor whiteColor] CGColor], nil];
[view.layer insertSublayer:gradient atIndex:0];

Disable User Interaction When Menu is Open using SWRevealViewController

This is how I managed to disable user interaction when my left menu is open using SWRevealViewController:

First be sure to set the delegate to self:

self.revealViewController.delegate = self;

Then implement this method:

- (void)revealController:(SWRevealViewController *)revealController willMoveToPosition:(FrontViewPosition)position
if (position == FrontViewPositionRight) { // Menu is shown
self.navigationController.interactivePopGestureRecognizer.enabled = NO; // Prevents the iOS7’s pan gesture
self.view.userInteractionEnabled = NO;
} else if (position == FrontViewPositionLeft) { // Menu is closed
self.navigationController.interactivePopGestureRecognizer.enabled = YES;
self.view.userInteractionEnabled = YES;



Creating Custom Class to Change Font for All UILabels

This is how I managed to create a custom class to format all my UILabels to the custom font I have:


The answer by Atif is the one I used.

Get Date and Time Using NSCalendar

// Get date
NSCalendar *calendar = [NSCalendar currentCalendar];
NSDateComponents *components = [calendar components:NSYearCalendarUnit | NSDayCalendarUnit | NSMonthCalendarUnit fromDate:[NSDate date]];
NSString *currentDate = [NSString stringWithFormat:@”%ld/%ld/%ld”, (long)components.month, (long)components.day, (long)components.year];
// NSLog(@”User’s current date: %@”, currentDate);

// Get time
NSDate *today = [NSDate date];
NSDateFormatter *dateFormatter = [[NSDateFormatter alloc] init];
[dateFormatter setTimeStyle:NSDateFormatterShortStyle];
NSString *currentTime = [dateFormatter stringFromDate:today];
// NSLog(@”User’s current time: %@”, currentTime);

Creating .txt file and sending to Email

This is how I created a txt file and attached it to be sent to an email