Categories to make autolayout (more) readable and less verbose. For iOS and OS X.
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UIView, NSView, UIViewController and NSArray categories to make autolayout (more) readable and less verbose. For iOS and OS X.

###Better semantics with less code

Lyt allows you to express the intent of your constraint. Write this:

[view lyt_centerInParent];

Instead of:

NSLayoutConstraint *centerXConstraint = [NSLayoutConstraint constraintWithItem:view attribute:NSLayoutAttributeCenterX relatedBy:NSLayoutRelationEqual toItem:view.superview attribute:NSLayoutAttributeCenterX multiplier:1.0 constant:0];
[view.superview addConstraint:centerXConstraint];

NSLayoutConstraint *centerYConstraint = [NSLayoutConstraint constraintWithItem:view attribute:NSLayoutAttributeCenterY relatedBy:NSLayoutRelationEqual toItem:view2 attribute:NSLayoutAttributeCenterY multiplier:1.0 constant:0];
[view.superview addConstraint:centerYConstraint];

Or this:

[@[userField, passwordField, repeatPasswordField] lyt_distributeYWithSpacing:10];

Instead of:

NSDictionary *views = NSDictionaryOfVariableBindings(userField, passwordField, repeatPasswordField);
NSDictionary *metrics = @{@"spacing" : @(10)};
NSArray *constraints = [NSLayoutConstraint constraintsWithVisualFormat:@"V:[userField]-spacing-[passwordField]-spacing-[repeatPasswordField]" options:kNilOptions metrics:metrics views:views];
[view.superview addConstraints:constraints];

###Designed for code completion

Type lyt_ and then the layout action you want (e.g., center) to see what's available.

Code completion screenshot

Lyt offers hundreds of convenience methods. Current families are:

  • lyt_align*
  • lyt_center*
  • lyt_place*
  • lyt_distribute*
  • lyt_set*
  • lyt_match*

###Support for dynamic layouts

Each Lyt method returns the corresponding constraint or constraints, which you can then modify or remove from the view hierarchy.

NSLayoutConstraint *leftConstraint = [view lyt_alignLeftToParent];
// Later...
leftConstraint.constant = 10; 

Additionally, each method has an equivalent that doesn't add the constraint to the view hierarchy. This is particularly useful for dynamic autolayouts or setting priorities (as priorities must be set before adding the constraints to the view hierarchy). For example:

_labelLeftConstraint = [_label lyt_constraintByAligningLeftToParent];
_labelLeftConstraint.priority = UILayoutPriorityDefaultLow;
// Later...
[self.view addConstraint:_labelLeftConstraint]; 

###Layout guides

Lyt offers a UIViewController category to leverage layout guides (iOS only). For example:

[viewController lyt_alignTopGuideAndView:titleView];


Using CocoaPods:

pod 'Lyt', '~> 0.6'

Or add the files from the Lyt directory if you're doing it manually.


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