iCarousel is a class designed to simplify the implementation of various types of carousel (paged, scrolling views) on iPhone, iPad and Mac OS. iCarousel implements a number of common effects such as cylindrical, flat and "CoverFlow" style carousels, as well as providing hooks to implement your own bespoke effects. Unlike many other "CoverFlow" libraries, iCarousel can work with any kind of view, not just images, so it is ideal for presenting paged data in a fluid and impressive way in your app. It also makes it extremely easy to swap between different carousel effects with minimal code changes.
Special thanks go to Sushant Prakash (https://github.com/sushftw) for the Mac port.
Not all features of iCarousel are currently supported on Mac OS. I hope to address this in future. Please refer to the documentation below for details.
Supported OS & SDK Versions
- Supported build target - iOS 5.0 / Mac OS 10.7 (Xcode 4.2, Apple LLVM compiler 3.0)
- Earliest supported deployment target - iOS 4.3 / Mac OS 10.7 (Xcode 4.2)
- Earliest compatible deployment target - iOS 3.2 / Mac OS 10.6
NOTE: 'Supported' means that the library has been tested with this version. 'Compatible' means that the library should work on this OS version (i.e. it doesn't rely on any unavailable SDK features) but is no longer being tested for compatibility and may require tweaking or bug fixes to run correctly.
As of version 1.6.1, iCarousel automatically works with both ARC and non-ARC projects through conditional compilation. There is no need to exclude iCarousel files from the ARC validation process, or to convert iCarousel using the ARC conversion tool.
iCarousel is derives from UIView and - as with all UIKit components - it should only be accessed from the main thread. You may wish to use threads for loading or updating carousel contents or items, but always ensure that once your content has loaded, you switch back to the main thread before updating the carousel.
To use the iCarousel class in an app, just drag the iCarousel class files (demo files and assets are not needed) into your project and add the QuartzCore framework.
iCarousel is now compatible with the Chameleon iOS-to-Mac conversion library (https://github.com/BigZaphod/Chameleon). To use iCarousel with Chameleon, add
USING_CHAMELEON to your project's preprocessor macros. Check out the Chameleon Demo example project for how to port your iOS iCarousel app to Mac OS using Chameleon - the example demonstrates how to run the No Nib iPhone example on Mac OS using Chameleon. Note that tap-to-center doesn't currently work, and scrolling must be done using a two-fingered scroll gesture, not click-and-drag (both of these are due to features/limitations of the Chameleon UIGestureRecognizer implementation).
iCarousel supports the following built-in display types:
You can also implement your own bespoke carousel styles using
iCarouselTypeCustom and the
carousel:itemTransformForOffset:baseTransform: delegate method.
NOTE: The difference between
iCarouselTypeCoverFlow2 types is quite subtle, however the logic for
iCarouselTypeCoverFlow2 is substantially more complex. If you flick the carousel they are basically identical, but if you drag the carousel slowly with your finger the difference should be apparent.
iCarouselTypeCoverFlow2 is designed to simulate the standard Apple CoverFlow effect as closely as possible and may change subtly in future in the interests of that goal.
The iCarousel has the following properties (note: for Mac OS, substitute NSView for UIView when using properties):
@property (nonatomic, assign) IBOutlet id<iCarouselDataSource> dataSource;
An object that supports the iCarouselDataSource protocol and can provide views to populate the carousel.
@property (nonatomic, assign) IBOutlet id<iCarouselDelegate> delegate;
An object that supports the iCarouselDelegate protocol and can respond to carousel events and layout requests.
@property (nonatomic, assign) iCarouselType type;
Used to switch the carousel display type (see above for details).
@property (nonatomic, assign) CGFloat perspective;
Used to tweak the perspective foreshortening effect for the various 3D carousel views. Should be a negative value, less than 0 and greater than -0.01. Values outside of this range will yield very strange results. The default is -1/500, or -0.005;
@property (nonatomic, assign) CGSize contentOffset;
This property is used to adjust the offset of the carousel item views relative to the center of the carousel. It defaults to CGSizeZero, meaning that the carousel items are centered. Changing this value moves the carousel items without changing their perspective, i.e. the vanishing point moves with the carousel items, so if you move the carousel items down, it does not appear as if you are looking down on the carousel.
@property (nonatomic, assign) CGSize viewpointOffset;
This property is used to adjust the user viewpoint relative to the carousel items. It has the opposite effect to adjusting the contentOffset, i.e. if you move the viewpoint up then the carousel appears to move down. Unlike the contentOffset, moving the viewpoint also changes the perspective vanishing point relative to the carousel items, so if you move the viewpoint up, it will appear as if you are looking down on the carousel.
@property (nonatomic, assign) CGFloat decelerationRate;
The rate at which the carousel decelerates when flicked. Higher values mean slower deceleration. The default value is 0.95. Values should be in the range 0.0 (carousel stops immediately when released) to 1.0 (carousel continues indefinitely without slowing down, unless it reaches the end).
@property (nonatomic, assign) BOOL bounces;
Sets whether the carousel should bounce past the end and return, or stop dead. Note that this has no effect on carousel types that are designed to wrap, or where the carouselShouldWrap delegate method returns YES.
@property (nonatomic, assign) CGFloat bounceDistance;
The maximum distance that a non-wrapped carousel will bounce when it overshoots the end. This is measured in multiples of the itemWidth, so a value of 1.0 would means the carousel will bounce by one whole item width, a value of 0.5 would be half an item's width, and so on. The default value is 1.0;
@property (nonatomic, assign) BOOL scrollEnabled;
Enables and disables user scrolling of the carousel. The carousel can still be scrolled programmatically if this property is set to NO.
@property (nonatomic, readonly) NSInteger numberOfItems;
The number of items currently displayed in the carousel (read only). To set this, implement the
numberOfItemsInCarousel: dataSource method.
@property (nonatomic, readonly) NSInteger numberOfPlaceholders;
The number of placeholder views to display in the carousel (read only). To set this, implement the
numberOfPlaceholdersInCarousel: dataSource method.
@property (nonatomic, readonly) NSInteger numberOfVisibleItems;
The maximum number of carousel item views to be displayed concurrently on screen (read only). To set this, implement the
numberOfVisibleItemsInCarousel: dataSource method. If the dataSource method is not implemented, this will be equal to the numberOfItems + numberOfPlaceholders;
@property (nonatomic, retain, readonly) NSArray *indexesForVisibleItems;
An array containing the indexes of all item views currently visible in the carousel, including placeholder views. The array contains NSNumber objects whose integer values match the indexes of the views. The indexes for item views start at zero and match the indexes passed to the dataSource to load the view, however the indexes for any visible placeholder views will either be negative (less than zero) or greater than or equal to
numberOfItems. Indexes for placeholder views in this array do not equate to the placeholder view index used with the dataSource.
@property (nonatomic, retain, readonly) NSArray *visibleItemViews;
An array of all the item views currently displayed in the carousel (read only). This includes any visible placeholder views. The indexes of views in this array do not match the item indexes, however the order of these views matches the order of the visibleItemIndexes array property, i.e. you can get the item index of a given view in this array by retrieving the equivalent object from the visibleItemIndexes array (or, you can just use the
indexOfItemView: method, which is much easier).
@property (nonatomic, retain, readonly) UIView *contentView;
The view containing the carousel item views. You can add subviews to this view if you want to intersperse them with the carousel items. If you want a view to appear in front or behind all of the carousel items, you should add it directly to the iCarousel view itself instead. Note that the order of views inside the contentView is subject to frequent and undocumented change while the app is running. Any views added to the contentView should have their userInteractionEnabled property set to NO to prevent conflicts with iCarousel's touch event handling.
@property (nonatomic, readonly) CGFloat scrollOffset;
This is the current offset in pixels of the carousel. This value, divided by the itemWidth is the currentItemIndex value. You can use this value to position other screen elements while the carousel is in motion.
@property (nonatomic, readonly) CGFloat offsetMultiplier;
This is the offset multiplier used when the user drags the carousel with their finger. It does not affect programmatic scrolling or deceleration speed. This defaults to 1.0 for most carousel types, but defaults to 2.0 for the CoverFlow-style carousels to compensate for the fact that their items are more closely spaced and so must be dragged further to move the same distance. You cannot set this property directly, but you can override the default value by implementing the
carouselOffsetMultiplier: delegate method.
@property (nonatomic, readonly) NSInteger currentItemIndex;
The index of the currently centered item in the carousel (read only). To change this, use the
@property (nonatomic, retain, readonly) UIView *currentItemView;
The currently centered item view in the carousel. The index of this view matches
@property (nonatomic, readonly) CGFloat itemWidth;
The display width of items in the carousel (read only). This is derived automatically from the first view passed in to the carousel using the
carousel:viewForItemAtIndex:reusingView: dataSource method. You can also override this value using the
carouselItemWidth: delegate method, which will alter the spacing between carousel items (but won't resize or scale the item views).
@property (nonatomic, assign) BOOL centerItemWhenSelected;
When set to YES, tapping any item in the carousel other than the one matching the currentItemIndex will cause it to smoothly animate to the center. Tapping the currently selected item will have no effect. Defaults to YES. This property is currently only supported on the iOS version of iCarousel.
@property (nonatomic, assign) CGFloat scrollSpeed;
This is the scroll speed multiplier when the user flicks the carousel with their finger. Defaults to 1.0.
@property (nonatomic, readonly) CGFloat toggle;
This property is used for the
iCarouselTypeCoverFlow2 carousel transform. It is exposed so that you can implement your own variants of the CoverFlow2 style using the
carousel:itemTransformForOffset:baseTransform: delegate method.
@property (nonatomic, assign) BOOL stopAtItemBoundary;
By default, the carousel will come to rest at an exact item boundary when it is flicked. If you set this property to NO, it will stop naturally and then - if scrollToItemBoundary is set to YES - scroll back or forwards to the nearest boundary.
@property (nonatomic, assign) BOOL scrollToItemBoundary;
By default whenever the carousel stops moving it will automatically scroll to the nearest item boundary. If you set this property to NO, the carousel will not scroll after stopping and will stay wherever it is, even if it's not perfectly aligned on the current index. The exception to this is that if wrapping is disabled and
bounces is set to YES then regardless of this setting, the carousel will automatically scroll back to the first or last item index if it comes to rest beyond the end of the carousel.
@property (nonatomic, assign) BOOL useDisplayLink;
By default on iOS iCarousel will use CADisplayLink instead of NSTimer for animations. On Mac OS, the CVDisplayLink API is used instead. This provides better synchronisation with the screen refresh, but can occasionally prevent the animation working properly when the carousel is combined with other views or animations. If you find that the carousel is not continuing to move after being dragged, try setting this property to NO.
@property (nonatomic, assign, getter = isVertical) BOOL vertical;
This property toggles whether the carousel is displayed horizontally or vertically on screen. All the built-in carousel types work in both orientations. Switching to vertical changes both the layout of the carousel and also the direction of swipe detection on screen. Note that custom carousel transforms are not affected by this property, however the swipe gesture direction will still be affected.
@property (nonatomic, assign) BOOL ignorePerpendicularSwipes;
If YES, the carousel will ignore swipe gestures that are perpendicular to the orientation of the carousel. So for a horizontal carousel, vertical swipes will not be intercepted. This means that you can have a vertically scrolling scrollView inside a carousel item view and it will still function correctly. Defaults to YES.
@property (nonatomic, assign) BOOL clipsToBounds;
This is actually not a property of iCarousel but is inherited from UIView. It's included here because it's a frequently missed feature. Set this to YES to prevent the carousel item views overflowing their bounds. You can set this property in Interface Builder by ticking the 'Clip Subviews' option. Defaults to NO.
The iCarousel class has the following methods (note: for Mac OS, substitute NSView for UIView in method arguments):
- (void)scrollToItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index animated:(BOOL)animated;
This will center the carousel on the specified item, either immediately or with a smooth animation. For wrapped carousels, the carousel will automatically determine the shortest (direct or wraparound) distance to scroll. If you need to control the scroll direction, or want to scroll by more than one revolution, use the scrollByNumberOfItems method instead.
- (void)scrollToItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index duration:(NSTimeInterval)scrollDuration;
This method allows you to control how long the carousel takes to scroll to the specified index.
- (void)scrollByNumberOfItems:(NSInteger)itemCount duration:(NSTimeInterval)duration;
This method allows you to scroll the carousel by a fixed distance, measured in carousel item widths. Positive or negative values may be specified for itemCount, depending on the direction you wish to scroll. iCarousel gracefully handles bounds issues, so if you specify a distance greater than the number of items in the carousel, scrolling will either be clamped when it reaches the end of the carousel (if wrapping is disabled) or wrap around seamlessly.
This reloads all carousel views from the dataSource and refreshes the carousel display.
- (UIView *)itemViewAtIndex:(NSInteger)index;
Returns the visible item view with the specified index. Note that the index relates to the position in the carousel, and not the position in the
visibleItemViews array, which may be different. Pass a negative index or one greater than or equal to
numberOfItems to retrieve placeholder views. The method only works for visible item views and will return nil if the view at the specified index has not been loaded, or if the index is out of bounds.
- (NSInteger)indexOfItemView:(UIView *)view;
The index for a given item view in the carousel. Works for item views and placeholder views, however placeholder view indexes do not match the ones used by the dataSource and may be negative (see
indexesForVisibleItems property above for more details). This method only works for visible item views and will return NSNotFound for views that are not currently loaded. For a list of all currently loaded views, use the
- (NSInteger)indexOfItemViewOrSubview:(UIView *)view
This method gives you the item index of either the view passed or the view containing the view passed as a parameter. It works by walking up the view hierarchy starting with the view passed until it finds an item view and returns its index within the carousel. If no currently-loaded item view is found, it returns NSNotFound. This method is extremely useful for handling events on controls embedded within an item view. This allows you to bind all your item controls to a single action method on your view controller, and then work out which item the control that triggered the action was related to. You can see an example of this technique in the Controls Demo example project.
Returns the offset for the specified item index in multiples of
itemWidth from the center position. This is the same value used for calculating the view transform and alpha, and can be used to customise item views based on their position in the carousel. This value can be expected to change for each view whenever the
carouselDidScroll: delegate method is called.
- (void)removeItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index animated:(BOOL)animated;
This removes an item from the carousel. The remaining items will slide across to fill the gap. Note that the data source is not automatically updated when this method is called, so a subsequent call to reloadData will restore the removed item.
- (void)insertItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index animated:(BOOL)animated;
This inserts an item into the carousel. The new item will be requested from the dataSource, so make sure that the new item has been added to the data source data before calling this method, or you will get duplicate items in the carousel, or other weirdness.
- (void)reloadItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index animated:(BOOL)animated;
This method will reload the specified item view. The new item will be requested from the dataSource. If the animated argument is YES, it will cross-fade from the old to the new item view, otherwise it will swap instantly.
The iCarousel follows the Apple convention for data-driven views by providing two protocol interfaces, iCarouselDataSource and iCarouselDelegate. The iCarouselDataSource protocol has the following required methods (note: for Mac OS, substitute NSView for UIView in method arguments):
- (NSUInteger)numberOfItemsInCarousel:(iCarousel *)carousel;
Return the number of items (views) in the carousel.
- (UIView *)carousel:(iCarousel *)carousel viewForItemAtIndex:(NSUInteger)index reusingView:(UIView *)view;
Return a view to be displayed at the specified index in the carousel. The
reusingView argument works like a UIPickerView, where views that have previously been displayed in the carousel are passed back to the method to be recycled. If this argument is nil, you can set its properties and return it instead of creating a new view instance, which will slightly improve performance. Unlike UITableView, there is no reuseIdentifier for distinguishing between different carousel view types, so if your carousel contains multiple different view types then you should just ignore this parameter and return a new view each time the method is called. You should ensure that each time the
carousel:viewForItemAtIndex:reusingView: method is called, it either returns the reusingView or a brand new view instance rather than maintaining your own pool of recyclable views, as returning multiple copies of the same view for different carousel item indexes may cause display issues with the carousel.
The iCarouselDataSource protocol has the following optional methods:
- (NSUInteger)numberOfPlaceholdersInCarousel:(iCarousel *)carousel;
Returns the number of placeholder views to display in the carousel. Placeholder views are intended to be used when the number of items in the carousel is too few to fill the carousel width, and you wish to display something in the empty space. They move with the carousel and behave just like any other carousel item, but they do not count towards the numberOfItems value, and cannot be set as the currently selected item. Placeholders are hidden when wrapping is enabled. Placeholders appear on either side of the carousel items. For n placeholder views, the first n/2 items will appear to the left of the item views and the next n/2 will appear to the right. You can have an odd number of placeholders, in which case the carousel will be asymmetrical.
- (UIView *)carousel:(iCarousel *)carousel placeholderViewAtIndex:(NSUInteger)index reusingView:(UIView *)view;
Return a view to be displayed as the placeholder view. Works the same way as
carousel:viewForItemAtIndex:reusingView:. Placeholder reusingViews are stored in a separate pool to the reusingViews used for regular carousel, so it's not a problem if your placeholder views are different to the item views.
- (NSUInteger)numberOfVisibleItemsInCarousel:(iCarousel *)carousel;
This is the maximum number of item views (including placeholders) that should be visible in the carousel at once. Half of this number of views will be displayed to either side of the currently selected item index. Views beyond that will not be loaded until they are scrolled into view. This allows for the carousel to contain a very large number of items without adversely affecting performance. The numberOfVisibleItems should be a positive, odd number. If this method is not implemented, all item views and placeholder views will be drawn every frame, which will result in significant degrading in performance and increased memory usage for large numbers of items (e.g more than 50).
The iCarouselDelegate protocol has the following optional methods:
- (void)carouselWillBeginScrollingAnimation:(iCarousel *)carousel;
This method is called whenever the carousel will begin an animated scroll. This can be triggered programatically or automatically after the user finishes scrolling the carousel, as the carousel re-aligns itself.
- (void)carouselDidEndScrollingAnimation:(iCarousel *)carousel;
This method is called when the carousel ends an animated scroll.
- (void)carouselDidScroll:(iCarousel *)carousel;
This method is called whenever the carousel is scrolled. It is called regardless of whether the carousel was scrolled programatically or through user interaction.
- (void)carouselCurrentItemIndexUpdated:(iCarousel *)carousel;
This method is called whenever the carousel scrolls far enough for the currentItemIndex property to change. It is called regardless of whether the item index was updated programatically or through user interaction.
- (void)carouselWillBeginDragging:(iCarousel *)carousel;
This method is called when the user begins dragging the carousel. It will not fire if the user taps/clicks the carousel, or if the carousel is scrolled programmatically.
- (void)carouselDidEndDragging:(iCarousel *)carousel willDecelerate:(BOOL)decelerate;
This method is called when the user stops dragging the carousel. The willDecelerate parameter indicates whether the carousel is travelling fast enough that it needs to decelerate before it stops (i.e. the current index is not necessarily the one it will stop at) or if it will stop where it is. Note that even if willDecelerate is NO, the carousel will still scroll automatically until it aligns exactly on the current index. If you need to know when it has stopped moving completely, use the carouselDidEndScrollingAnimation delegate method. On Mac OS, willDecelerate is always NO when using the scrollwheel because Mac OS implements its own inertia mechanism for scrolling.
- (void)carouselWillBeginDecelerating:(iCarousel *)carousel;
This method is called when the carousel starts decelerating. it will typically be called immediately after the carouselDidEndDragging:willDecelerate: method, assuming willDecelerate was YES. On Mac OS, this method never fires when using the scrollwheel because Mac OS implements its own inertia mechanism for scrolling.
- (void)carouselDidEndDecelerating:(iCarousel *)carousel;
This method is called when the carousel finishes decelerating and you can assume that the currentItemIndex at this point is the final stopping value. Unlike previous versions, the carousel will now stop exactly on the final index position in most cases. The only exception is on non-wrapped carousels with bounce enabled, where, if the final stopping position is beyond the end of the carousel, the carousel will then scroll automatically until it aligns exactly on the end index. For backwards compatibility, the carousel will always call
scrollToItemAtIndex:animated: after it finishes decelerating. If you need to know for certain when the carousel has stopped moving completely, use the
carouselDidEndScrollingAnimation delegate method.
- (CGFloat)carouselItemWidth:(iCarousel *)carousel;
Returns the width of each item in the carousel - i.e. the spacing for each item view. If the method is not implemented, this defaults to the width of the first item view that is returned by the
carousel:viewForItemAtIndex:reusingView: dataSource method.
- (CGFloat)carouseOffsetMultiplier:(iCarousel *)carousel;
Returns the offset multiplier to use when the user drags the carousel with their finger. It does not affect programmatic scrolling or deceleration speed. If the method is not implemented, this defaults to 1.0 for most carousel types, but defaults to 2.0 for the CoverFlow-style carousels to compensate for the fact that their items are more closely spaced and so must be dragged further to move the same distance.
- (BOOL)carouselShouldWrap:(iCarousel *)carousel;
Return YES if you want the carousel to wrap around when it reaches the end, and no if you want it to stop. If you do not implement this method, wrapping will be enabled or disabled depending on the carousel type. Generally, circular carousel types will wrap by default and linear ones won't.
- (CGFloat)carousel:(iCarousel *)carousel itemAlphaForOffset:(CGFloat)offset;
This method lets you control the opacity of views based on their position. This is useful for carousel types where certain views might otherwise obscure the centred view, such as the TimeMachine carousel type. This method is only called if the carousel type is iCarouselTypeCustom.
- (CATransform3D)carousel:(iCarousel *)carousel itemTransformForOffset:(CGFloat)offset baseTransform:(CATransform3D)transform;
This method can be used to provide a custom transform for each carousel view. The offset argument is the distance of the view from the middle of the carousel. The currently centred item view would have an offset of 0.0, the one to the right would have an offset value of 1.0, the one to the left an offset value of -1.0, and so on. To implement the linear carousel style, you would therefore simply multiply the offset value by the item width and use it as the x value of the transform. This method is only called if the carousel type is iCarouselTypeCustom.
- (CGFloat)carousel:(iCarousel *)carousel valueForTransformOption:(iCarouselTranformOption)option withDefault:(CGFloat)value;
This method is used to customise the parameters of the standard carousel types. By implementing this method, you can tweak options such as the number of items displayed in a circular carousel, or the amount of tilt in a coverflow carousel. For any option you are not interested in tweaking, just return the default value. The meaning of these options is listed below. Check the Options Demo for an example of using this method.
- (void)carousel:(iCarousel *)carousel didSelectItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index;
This method will fire if the user taps any carousel item view (not including placeholder views), including the currently selected view. This method will not fire if the user taps a control within the currently selected view (i.e. any view that is a subclass of UIControl). This method is currently only supported on the iOS version of iCarousel.
- (BOOL)carousel:(iCarousel *)carousel shouldSelectItemAtIndex:(NSInteger)index;
This method will fire if the user taps any carousel item view (not including placeholder views), including the currently selected view. The purpose of a method is to give you the opportunity to ignore a tap on the carousel. If you return YES from the method, or don't implement it, the tap will be processed as normal and the
carousel:didSelectItemAtIndex: method will be called. If you return NO, the carousel will ignore the tap and it will continue to propagate up the view hierarchy. This is a good way to prevent the carousel intercepting tap events intended for processing by another view. This method is currently only supported on the iOS version of iCarousel.
These are the tweakable options for standard carousels, and how they are used. Check the Options Demo for an example of the effect that these parameters have.
The number of items to be displayed in the Rotary, Cylinder and Wheel transforms. Normally this is based on the numberOfVisibleItems value, but you can override this if you want to decouple the shape of the carousel from the number of visible items. This property is used to calculate the carousel radius, so another option is to manipulate the radius directly.
The arc of the Rotary, Cylinder and Wheel transforms (in radians). Normally this defaults to 2*M_PI (a complete circle) but you can specify a smaller value, so for example a value of M_PI will create a half-circle or cylinder. This property is used to calculate the carousel radius and angle step, so another option is to manipulate those values directly.
The radius of the Rotary, Cylinder and Wheel transforms in pixels/points. This is usually calculated so that the number of items (count) exactly fits into the specified arc. You can manipulate this value to increase or reduce the item spacing (and the radius of the circle).
The angular step between each item in the Rotary, Cylinder and Wheel transforms (in radians). Manipulating this value without changing the radius will cause a gap at the end of the carousel or cause the items to overlap.
The tilt applied to the non-centered items in the CoverFlow, CoverFlow2 and TimeMachine carousel types. This value should be in the range 0.0 to 1.0.
The spacing factor applied to the items in the CoverFlow, CoverFlow2 and TimeMachine carousel types. This value is multiplied by the item width.
Detecting Taps on Item Views
There are two basic approaches to detecting taps on views in iCarousel on iOS. The first approach is to simply use the
carousel:didSelectItemAtIndex: delegate method, which fires every time an item is tapped. If you are only interested in taps on the currently centered item, you can compare the
currentItemIndex property against the index parameter of this method.
Alternatively, if you want a little more control you can supply a UIButton or UIControl as the item view and handle the touch interactions yourself. See the Buttons Demo example project for an example of how this is done (doesn't work on Mac OS; see below).
You can also nest UIControls within your item views and these will receive touches as expected (see the Controls Demo example project for an example).
If you wish to detect other types of interaction such as swipes, double taps or long presses, the simplest way is to attach a UIGestureRecognizer to your item view or its subviews before passing it to the carousel.
Note that taps and gestures will be ignored on any item view except the currently selected one, unless you set the
centerItemWhenSelected property to NO.
On Mac OS there is no easy way to detect clicks on carousel items currently. You cannot just supply an NSButton as or inside your item view because the transforms applied to the item views mean that hit detection doesn't work properly. I'm investigating possible solutions to this (if you know a good way to fix this, please get in touch, or fork the project on github).
Q. Can I use iCarousel without a nib file? A. Yes, check out the *No Nib Demo* for how to set up iCarousel without nibs Q. How do I prevent iCarousel item views from overflowing their bounds? A. Set the `clipsToBounds` property to YES on your iCarousel view. You can set this property in Interface Builder by ticking the 'Clip Subviews' option. Q. Can I use multiple carousels in the same view controller? A. Yes, check out the *Multiple Carousels* example for how to do this. Q. I can't figure out how to use iCarousel in my project, is there a simple example? A. Yes, check out the *Basic Example* project for a bare-bones implementation. If you're still not clear what's going on, read up about how UITableView works, and once you understand that, iCarousel will make more sense. Q. In the cylindrical carousels, the back-side of the item views is visible. How can I hide it? A. Set the `view.layer.doubleSided` property of your item views to `NO` to hide them when they are facing backwards.