Adding an overlay when there’s no content to show – SwiftUI Empty States

Empty states. Or to put it another way, what do you show when a view is devoid of any content?  This is an area that not all apps account for. The ones that do though, not only improve the end-user experience but also feel more… complete?  Here’s some examples of empty states. 1. NetNewsWire (a great RSS …

Creating a macOS “About” screen the SwiftUI way

If you’re creating a macOS app, the About screen is that place where you get to “sign” your work. It is also the place where most developers will link to their personal web, thank contributors, etc.  For me, it’s one of the areas I work on last… When I get to it, it always feels great.  …

Badges? Gray Badges? Color Badges!

As I was working on cell badges indicating the number of to-dos pending for a given card it hit me…   The approach I was taking was good, it gave relevant and timely information… But could be much better: what if the flag changes color when you have a to-do overdue, due today, tomorrow or soon?   This …

TextField Recommendations / Autocomplete – SwiftUI macOS and iOS

Another weekend, another set of improvements for MarsManaged. This time, I focused on adding an autocompletion feature for Tags. Let me provide some context first… In MarsManaged, cards may be linked to one or multiple tags. In the below example, the “Welcome to MarsManaged!” card is linked to the tag “Samples” (yellow arrow).  To link one …

Expanding TO-DO views for MarsManaged

This weekend I continued working on the TO-DO area, specifically on bringing the context-aware functionality of Cards to “Target Date” & “Last Modified” views.  As most of the code complexities were sorted last weekend, this one I did quite a bit of progress. Here’s the latest: “Sort by Target Date” view:   “Sort by Last …

Working on all new TO-DO views for MarsManaged

This weekend I focused on the TO-DOS view of MarsManaged. Instead of a list, as I originally developed it, working on having multiple context-aware options. In the example below showing the ’Sort by Card’ one, seems to me this makes this view a lot more useful than a list?  In light mode: And dark mode: …

Making an editable Label with SwiftUI

Let’s say you’re showing the user a list of sidebar selectable categories. These categories appear on the sidebar as SwiftUI Labels and, depending on the one selected, the app will show one view or another. So far, so good… But what if the user would like to rename one of the categories? Ideally Label would have …

Iterating on MarsManaged Palette & Icon – First Round

With MarsManaged edging closer to feature-complete, today I took some time to start iterating over color palette & icon concepts.  First, lets talk about the palette: The premise of the app is that you’ll be as productive as future martian generations will be. With that in mind, when it comes to the color palette of …