Top 10 Swift 5 Libraries to Enhance UX of iOS App

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When we are into the generation where all businesses are trying to connect via digital platforms, anything and everything we – developers create needs to be engaging and attractive enough to keep your business going.

We, app developers, use many libraries to make our application perform best and generate endless business profit revenue. Apps are generally developing for two widely used operating systems – Android and iOS. For both platforms, to create any app, we use languages. For example, to develop an Android app, we use Kotlin and Core Java, and to create an iOS app, we use Swift4, Swift 5, Etc.

What is Swift Language?

Swift is a general-purpose programming language built using a modern approach to safety, performance, and software design patterns. Swift is useful among all the developers for ease development of the iOS app.

Our profoundly skilled iOS developers are good at giving born to a new logical algorithm based on the application specifications. All algorithms are independent and efficient to integrate into multiple apps having similar logic. But if we talk about the app layout, it is always needed to be unique for all the apps. How the app will be liked by people using it is decided by how the app presents itself.

Apart from its design, the interaction between one screen and another is also an essential aspect of the app user’s interest. Here are a few Swift 5 libraries we use to keep our app shine the brightest, among others.

Intensify the Glance of your iOS App with 10 Best Swift 5 Libraries

1. ViewAnimator:

View Animator is an animation transaction when any element of screen redirects to another screen.

The ViewAnimator library is for steadily building complex iOS UIView animations. It provides one-line animations for any view included the ones which contain other views like UITableView and UICollectionView with its cells or UIStackView with its arrangedSubviews.

ViewAnimator swift library

2. Spruce-iOS:

Spruce is a lightweight animation library that helps choreograph the animations on the screen. With so many different animation libraries out there, developers need to make sure that each view is animating at the appropriate time. Also, Spruce libraby can help designers request complex multi-view animations and not have the developers cringe at the prototype.

Spruce IOS

3. Loading Shimmer:

Loading Shimmer is nothing but a way to let the user know that the screen content is being loaded and will fall in place once everything gets fetched from its origin.

For the same purpose, the LoadingShimmer library provides an easy way to add a shimmering affect to any view with just a single line of code. It is useful as an unobtrusive loading indicator. This is a network request waiting for the framework, the framework to increase the dynamic effect, convenient and fast, a line of code can be used.

Loading Shimmer swift library

4. Anim

Anim is an animation library written in Swift with a simple, declarative API in mind. It supports a bunch of easing functions and chaining multiple animations. It’s a wrapper on Apple’s UIViewPropertyAnimator on its core and falls back to UIView.animate on versions before iOS and tvOS 10. It uses NSAnimationContext on macOS.

Anim swift library

5. CKWaveCollectionViewTransition

This is a cool custom transition between two or more UICollectionViewControllers with wave-like cell animation. It uses in galleries view. It supports in any iOS 7.0+ versions.

CKWaveCollectionViewTransition

6. Lottie

Lottie is a mobile library for Android and iOS that natively renders vector-based animations and art in realtime with minimal code. It loads and renders animations and vectors exported in the bodymovin JSON format. Since the animation is backed by JSON they are extremely small in size but can be large in complexity! Animations can be played, resized, looped, sped up, slowed down, reversed, and even interactively scrubbed. Lottie can play or loop just a portion of the animation as well, the possibilities are endless!

Animations can even be changed at runtime in various ways! Change the colour, position or any keyframe value! Lottie also supports native UIViewController Transitions out of the box!

Lottie swift Library

7. Hero

Hero is a library for building iOS view controller transitions. It provides a declarative layer on top of the UIKit’s cumbersome transition APIs—making custom transitions an easy task for developers. Hero library doesn’t make any assumptions about how the view has built. It won’t modify any of your views’ states other than hiding them during the animation. This makes it work with Auto Layoutprogrammatic layoutUICollectionView (without modifying its layout object), UITableViewUINavigationControllerUITabBarController, etc.

Hero Swift Library

8. Motion

Motion is a library used to create beautiful animations and transitions for views, layers, and view controllers. This library designs for beginner to expert developers. Generally, It would be hard for beginners to develop this type of powerful APIs. It would also take time and experience to set on your own, and experts will appreciate the time saved by using this library.

Motion

9. IBAnimatable

Design and prototype customized UI, interaction, navigation, transition and animation for App Store ready Apps in Interface Builder with IBAnimatable.

With IBAnimatable, we can design a UI in Interface Builder like what we can do in Sketch, and prototype animations in a Swift playground like what we can do in Framer. Also, we can use the output of the design directly in the production-ready App.

IBAnimatable

10. Advance

An animation library for iOS, tvOS, and macOS that uses physics-based animations (including springs) to power interactions that move and respond realistically.

This list has made based on the overall recommendation of the iOS developers at Capermint Technologies. Their extraordinary features, low level of dependency and versatilities exude perfection in their specification of existence. You can get more such libraries for from Github. Let us know if you use any other libraries other than this.

Get more information about each library using the below links;

  1. https://github.com/jogendra/LoadingShimmer
  2. https://github.com/marcosgriselli/ViewAnimator
  3. https://github.com/willowtreeapps/spruce-ios
  4. https://github.com/onurersel/anim
  5. https://github.com/CezaryKopacz/CKWaveCollectionViewTransition
  6. https://github.com/airbnb/lottie-ios
  7. https://github.com/HeroTransitions/Hero
  8. https://github.com/CosmicMind/Motion
  9. https://github.com/IBAnimatable/IBAnimatable
  10. https://github.com/timdonnelly/Advance

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Jay Kikani
Author: Jay Kikani
He is a former Android Team Lead and now Team Lead of Mobile Department at Capermint Technologies. Apart from his skills in leading, he also has deep knowledge of Android Development. He is a young sharp tech mind of Capermint who believes in sharing his knowledge and always keen to challenge the odds.

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    Serena Martin

    Hey, Jay.
    This article is excellent in virtually every way. I think this is an interesting and engaging material. Thank you so much for taking great care in producing such good quality content.

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    Cloudi5

    Well written! You have covered many points on SWIFT 5 language development. Please keep it up and keep us updated with the latest information. Thanks a lot!

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