A Cocoa framework for rendering SVG files as Core Animation layers
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SVGKit is a Cocoa framework for rendering SVG files as Core Animation layers. All shapes are represented by instances of the CAShapeLayer class, and are, by design, animatable. SVGKit is compatible with the latest iOS SDK's.



git submodule init && git submodule update

iOS (iPhone/iPad):

  1. Open the project "XcodeProjects/SVGKit/SVGKit"

  2. Select the target "SVGKit Library" from the dropdown build selector at top left

  3. Build

  4. Look in your output directory for a folder named "debug-universal" - this contains a library + headers for: iPhone, iPad, iOS Simulator

  5. Drag/drop the library file, and the headers folder (should be called "usr") into your iPhone/iPad project.

  6. Edit your build settings and set "C/C++ Compiler Version" = "LLVM Compiler 2.0"

  7. Edit your build settings and add "Other Linker Flags" = "-ObjC"

  8. (Optional but recommended): Edit your build settings and add "Header Search Paths" = "/usr/include/libxml2"

  9. (Optional but recommended): Add the framework "libxml2.dylib"

OS X: ...this needs updating; some minor code changes are needed to "fix" this project. The OS X framework currently DOES NOT BUILD because iOS classes are being referenced in a couple of places.

Usage - iPhone/iPad

To use this, you must:

  1. Load an SVG file, using SVGDocument (this parses the SVG)
  2. Convert the document to CALayer's which Apple can render, using SVGDocumentView

NB: if you want to render the same SVG in different places on screen, create an additional SVGDocumentView for each instance. That way, you don't have to re-parse the SVG source file each time.

  • (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions { // Override point for customization after application launch. [self.window makeKeyAndVisible];

    NSString* svgFilename = @"Monkey";

    NSLog( @"[%@] Loading SVG document, filename = %@", [self class], svgFilename );

    /** Optional: if you're using the parser extensions, add them here [SVGDocument addSVGParserExtension:[[SVGParserConquest alloc] init]]; */

    SVGDocument* svgDocument = [SVGDocument documentNamed:svgFilename];

    SVGDocumentView* docView = [SVGDocumentView documentViewWithDocument:svgDocument];

    [self.window.layer addSublayer:docView.rootLayer];

    return YES; }

Usage - OS X

First, initialize an instance of SVGDocument, the model object which encompasses the entire SVG element tree. This can be accomplished using the initWithContentsOfFile: initializer. To load a SVG file which resides in your application bundle, use the documentNamed: class method and pass in a file name (without the extension). The SVGDocument class encapsulates certain document metadata, including width, height, version, title, and description.

SVGDocument *document = [SVGDocument documentNamed:@"Monkey"]; // located in the application bundle

On Mac OS X, make sure your instance of NSView is layer-backed. The layer tree can be accessed using the layerTree method on SVGDocument, for example:

NSView *ourView = ... ;
[ourView setWantsLayer:YES];
[ourView.layer addSublayer:[document layerTree]];

Your SVG file should now be rendered on-screen. You can query for specific layers by using the layerWithIdentifier: method, also defined on SVGDocument. The identifier corresponds to the id attribute defined on elements. Once a reference to a subclass of CALayer is returned, its properties can be animated using implicit or explicit Core Animation animations.

Feel free to report any issues or suggest improvements in the issue tracker