MessagesTableViewController

A messages UI for iPhone and iPad.

Messages Screenshot 1     Messages Screenshot 2

This messages tableview controller is very similar to the one in the iOS Messages app. Note, this is only a messaging UI, not a messaging app. This is intended to be used in an existing app where you have (or are developing) a messaging system and need a user interface for it.

See more screenshots in the Screenshots/ directory. (Surprise!)

About

This is based on work by @soffes SSMessagingViewController.

I developed this to use in Hemoglobe for private messages between users.

Square message bubbles designed by @michaelschultz.

Features

  • Up-to-date for iOS 6.0 and ARC (iOS 5.0+ required)
  • Storyboards support (if that's how you roll)
  • Universal for iPhone and iPad
  • Allows arbitrary message (and bubble) sizes
  • Copy & paste messages
  • Timestamp options
  • Swipe/pull down to hide keyboard
  • Dynamically resizes input text view as you type
  • Smooth hiding/showing keyboard animations with NSNotification
  • Automatically enables/disables send button if text view is empty or not
  • Smooth send animations
  • Send/Receive sound effects
  • Various bubble styles

Installation

From CocoaPods

pod 'JSMessagesViewController'

From source

  • Drag the JSMessagesTableViewController/ folder to your project.
  • Add the AudioToolbox.framework to your project, if you want to use the sound effects

How To Use

Subclass JSMessagesViewController
  • In - (void)viewDidLoad
    • Set your view controller as the delegate and datasource
    • Set your view controller title
Implement the JSMessagesViewDelegate protocol
- (void)sendPressed:(UIButton *)sender withText:(NSString *)text
  • Hook into your own backend here
  • Call [self finishSend] at the end of this method to animate and reset the text input view
  • Optionally play sound effects
    • For outgoing messages [JSMessageSoundEffect playMessageSentSound]
    • For incoming messages [JSMessageSoundEffect playMessageReceivedSound]
- (JSBubbleMessageType)messageTypeForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
  • The type of bubble for this row, options are:
    • JSBubbleMessageTypeIncoming
    • JSBubbleMessageTypeOutgoing
- (JSBubbleMessageStyle)messageStyleForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
  • The style of the bubble for this row, options are:
    • JSBubbleMessageStyleDefault
    • JSBubbleMessageStyleSquare
    • JSBubbleMessageStyleDefaultGreen
- (JSMessagesViewTimestampPolicy)timestampPolicy
  • How/when to display timestamps for messages, options are:
    • JSMessagesViewTimestampPolicyAll
    • JSMessagesViewTimestampPolicyAlternating
    • JSMessagesViewTimestampPolicyEveryThree
    • JSMessagesViewTimestampPolicyEveryFive
    • JSMessagesViewTimestampPolicyCustom
- (JSMessagesViewAvatarPolicy)avatarPolicy
  • How/when to display avatars, options are:
    • JSMessagesViewAvatarPolicyIncomingOnly
    • JSMessagesViewAvatarPolicyBoth
    • JSMessagesViewAvatarPolicyNone
- (JSAvatarStyle)avatarStyle
- (BOOL)hasTimestampForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
  • Returns if this row should display a timestamp or not
  • Required only if using JSMessagesViewTimestampPolicyCustom
Implement the JSMessagesViewDataSource protocol
- (NSString *)textForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
  • The text to be displayed for this row
- (NSDate *)timestampForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
  • The timestamp to be displayed above this row
- (UIImage *)avatarImageForIncomingMessage
  • The avatar image for incoming messages
- (UIImage *)avatarImageForOutgoingMessage
  • The avatar image for outgoing messages
Implement the table view data source method that you should be familiar with
- (NSInteger)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView numberOfRowsInSection:(NSInteger)section
Customize
  • For custom background color, use - (void)setBackgroundColor:(UIColor *)color
  • For custom send button, override - (UIButton *)sendButton
Notes
  • You may present view programmatically, or use Storyboards
  • Your JSMessagesViewController subclass must be presented in a UINavigationController
Demo projects included
  • MessagesDemo.xcodeproj for example of programmatic presentation
  • MessagesDemoStoryboards/MessagesDemoSB.xcodeproj for example of use with Storyboards

Apps Using This Control

Hemoglobe

FourChat

Libraries for developers

Contact me to have your app listed here.

Related Projects

SSMessagingViewController

AcaniChat

MIT License

You are free to use this as you please. No attribution necessary. However, a link back to Hexed Bits or here would be appreciated. If you use this, please tell me about it!

Copyright © 2013 Jesse Squires

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