A UISlider subclass that adds variable scrubbing speeds (as seen in the iPod app on iOS).
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A UISlider subclass that adds variable scrubbing speeds (as seen in the iPod app on iOS) to UISlider.

Written by Ole Begemann, January 2011.


Copy OBSlider.h and OBSlider.m to your project and instantiate an OBSlider wherever you would use a UISlider. If you create the slider in Interface Builder, set its class to OBSlider on the Identity tab.

The slider works with variable scrubbing speeds out of the box. In the action method you have assigned to UIControlEventValueChanged, you can access the scrubbingSpeed variable to get the current scrubbing speed. ScrubbingscrubbingSpeedis afloatwhere1.0f` is the normal scrubbing speed.

To modify which scrubbing speed should be set at which vertical offset position of the user's touch, you can modify the scrubbingSpeeds and scrubbingSpeedChangePositions arrays. Both arrays should contain the same number of objects. scrubbingSpeedChangePositions should indicate the vertical offsets at which scrubbing speed changes should take place in ascending order. The first entry in this array should always be [NSNumber numberWithFloat:0.0f]. scrubbingSpeeds should contain the actual values for the scrubbing speed that correspond to the offset positions.

The default values for the two arrays are:

scrubbingSpeeds = [NSArray arrayWithObjects:
 [NSNumber numberWithFloat:1.0f],
 [NSNumber numberWithFloat:0.5f],
 [NSNumber numberWithFloat:0.25f],
 [NSNumber numberWithFloat:0.1f],

scrubbingSpeedChangePositions = [NSArray arrayWithObjects:
 [NSNumber numberWithFloat:0.0f],
 [NSNumber numberWithFloat:50.0f],
 [NSNumber numberWithFloat:100.0f],
 [NSNumber numberWithFloat:150.0f],

(That is, scrubbing speed changes from 100% to 50% to 25% to 10% when the user moves the finger upward/downward by 50.0/100.0/150.0 points, respectively.)

OBSlider works in iOS 3.0+.


Open the demo project OBSliderDemo.xcodeproj in Xcode and run it on an iPhone or the iPhone Simulator. Drag the slider around and, while dragging, move your finger upwards/downwards to adjust the scrubbing speed.


The class is basically untested. Please report bugs via the issue tracker on GitHub.


Licensed under the MIT license. You can use the code in your commercial and non-commercial projects.