How to Design an iPod App

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Building an iPod app can be complicated if you're developing it from scratch. There are companies that will build your app for you, all you have to do is tell them what you want (and pay them). But what if you want to design an iPod app yourself? The iPhone Dev Center has all the technical information you need to develop your own app. This is how to design your iPod app interface.

Things You'll Need

  • Xcode Tools (software)
  • Sketch out what you want. Put some thought into what you want your app to do. How many screens should it have? What menu options are you going to provide? Storyboard your app so you know what to build.

  • Download Xcode Tools. This is a bundle of programs used to develop and build software for Apple products. You'll need to register for a free Apple Developer Connection (ADC) account to download it.

  • Create a new Xcode project. This is done when you first open Xcode. It will automatically create blank design files, or "documents," for you to work with.

  • Open Interface Builder. This is the design program within Xcode. With it, you can visually put together all the elements of your app. Want to create windows, controls, and menus? Interface Builder is what you use to create them. This is where your blank documents become your app screens.

  • Build your design. Using your sketches or storyboard as a guide, put your design together. Interface Builder has templates, objects, a font manager, and more options for you to customize.

  • Create your actions, events and bindings. These are the settings that make your app work; they're called "connections." Use the Inspector or drag and drop icons to create these connections. Interface Builder will work with the main Xcode program to integrate the code and the design to create the app.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apple has extensive user guides covering all aspects of app development and design. Go through the tutorials and guides for detailed instructions.
  • You'll be working back and forth between the main Xcode program and Interface Builder to make your app function properly. Keep both programs open so you can build and test your app as you're working on your design.
  • Remember the interface design is only one small part of iPod app development. If you're new to software design, expect a learning curve. However, the Interface Builder software is fairly intuitive and easy to navigate.

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