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Core Text Label

An iOS class that lets you get started rendering basic Core Text in your apps. It's essentially a subclass of UILabel that allows you to set kerning, line height, & multiple fonts.

A few words

Make sure to add the Core Text framework before adding the class to your project. I built the sample project using iOS 5.1, but there's no reason it shouldn't work going back to iOS 3.2 I think [but I've only tested the class back to 4.3].

As easy as pie

    NMCustomLabel *label = [[NMCustomLabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 100, 100)];
    label.text = @"Tacos are <b>delicious</b>, <i>seriously</i>";
    label.font = [UIFont fontWithName:@"HelveticaNeue" size:12];
    label.fontBold = [UIFont fontWithName:@"HelveticaNeue-Bold" size:13];
    label.fontItalic = [UIFont fontWithName:@"HelveticaNeue-LightItalic" size:12];
    label.kern = -0.5;
    label.textColor = [UIColor colorWithRed:153/255.0 green:153/255.0 blue:153/255.0 alpha:1.0];
    label.textColorBold = [UIColor colorWithRed:53/255.0 green:53/255.0 blue:53/255.0 alpha:1.0];
    label.lineHeight = 12;
    [self.view addSubview:label];

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About this project

This class was introduced as a part Rob's talk at the Brooklyn iOS Dev Meetup. See slides & more at

If you're using this class, I'd love to hear about it!

License Info

Copyright 2012

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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