Welcome AppCode 3.0: UI Designer, Reveal plugin, code generations for TDD, multiple selections and more

Anastasia Kazakova

Hello everyone,

Big day today as we’ve just released AppCode 3.0, your new favorite IDE for iOS/OS X development!

splashAppCode_30We focused on making v3.0 a more complete and productive development experience for you. We listened to your feedback and introduced the top-voted feature: integrated UI Designer, as well as improvements in target management, code generation actions for TDD, look&feel changes, and a plugin for a fantastic iOS debugging tool from Itty Bitty Apps called Reveal. As a result, less switching between IDEs means more productive coding for you.

So, here are the top highlights in AppCode 3.0:

  • Integrated UI Designer supporting .xib and .storyboard formats, providing all the essential UI editor features and the full component palette supported by iOS SDK:
  • Plugin for Reveal. Inspect view elements and hierarchies of your iOS apps in real time, use the 2D and 3D visualization possibilities, and apply the view’s editing on the fly. All these available with a very simple configuration from AppCode.
  • The code generating action Cmd+N now works for test methods, setUp/tearDown methods and creating Kiwi blocks. See our demo to learn more.
  • New Project Settings UI for adding targets and configuring frameworks, sources and resources simply by dragging.
  • The editor now offers multiple carets and selection. Just place the caret in several locations and edit them all at once. Completion and live templates will also work:
  • Built-in Terminal is available. Now you can start it right in the IDE with Alt+F12.
  • Improvements in C++11 providing support for such important features like initializer lists, raw string literals, variadic templates and type traits.
  • Enhanced look & feel including color schemes from Xcode, and a fully re-worked Xcode keymap.
  • New and enhanced navigation. For example, ‘Search everywhere’ will really search in every nook and cranny (Files, Actions, Preferences, etc.).

The full list of fixed issues can be found in our tracker.

Read more details about what’s new and download AppCode 3.0 free trial for 30 days to evaluate all the new features. Note that AppCode 3.0 is a free update for everyone who purchased their AppCode license after May 20, 2013. Learn more about AppCode 3.0 pricing.

We also want to thank everyone who has evaluated our Early Access Program builds! Your feedback, votes and submissions to the issue tracker were instrumental in getting this release out the door.

Develop with pleasure!
JetBrains AppCode Team

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16 Responses to Welcome AppCode 3.0: UI Designer, Reveal plugin, code generations for TDD, multiple selections and more

  1. Jennifer Kuiper says:

    May 20, 2014

    Welcome AppCode 3. This is awesome!

    • Jennifer Kuiper says:

      May 20, 2014

      I will have to eat my words. I get tons of (designer initialization) errors, also when creating a project from scratch in AppCode. Had to return to 2.5.5. Bummer!

      • Anastasia Kazakova says:

        May 20, 2014

        Could you please report them to our tracker? This can be really helpful.

        • Jennifer says:

          May 20, 2014

          Done 🙂

          • Anastasia Kazakova says:

            May 20, 2014

            Thanks! We’ll have a look as soon as we can.

  2. Matthias says:

    May 20, 2014

    Is there any documentation on the UI designer? I can’t figure out how to create or edit auto layout constraints.

    • Anastasia Kazakova says:

      May 21, 2014

      We are planning to start web help asap. Unfortunately we have not done it with 3.0 release. But hope it will come with the next update.
      About the constraints there is no possibility to edit them manually now. We have a bunch of issues around Auto Layout in our tracker and we are working on them. Feel free to come to http://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issues/OC?q=%23%7BUI+Designer%7D+, vote, comment.

      • Oliver Foggin says:

        May 30, 2014

        Right… so I just renewed my license because of the UI designer… and it’s unusable before I’ve even started.

        I was also looking for how to edit constraints in the UI designer.

        What a waste of £50.

        • Anastasia Kazakova says:

          May 30, 2014

          We are really sorry. Hope to include this in the next update. Vote for the issue if this is important for you.

        • lowell says:

          May 30, 2014


          Happy to have dodged a bullet there.

          Looks like documentation isn’t even a priority and that they only ‘hope’ to include it with the next release.

          • Anastasia Kazakova says:

            May 31, 2014

            We are working on the proper web documentation pages for some time. And there are only some technicals tasks left. And then we need some some time to finish it and to test all together so that you can have a valuable and convenient webhelp. Sorry for delay. We really hope to do it soon.

  3. Bob B says:

    May 20, 2014

    the generated IBOutlets for non-top level views should be weak IMO. Here’s the generated line (which is strong by default). Is this by design?

    @property(nonatomic) IBOutlet UIButton *buttonOutlet;

    • alexander.lobas says:

      May 21, 2014

      Please look to IBOutlet generation

    • nikolaus heger says:

      May 26, 2014

      I don’t mind them being strong – I figure I am planning to use that outlet, I do actually want to hold on to it. It’s a semantic issue more than anything.

      The case for weak would be, the component is actually owned by something else. That never happens, should never happen and will never happen for me, I don’t think.

      The case for strong is, I might remove something from the view hierarchy, then add it back. Don’t want it to be collected before I add it back. That’s also kind of esoteric but I can recall cases where it did happen in my apps.

  4. Charles Guerin says:

    May 26, 2014

    Same problem, getting designer init errors with every xib file 🙁

    • Anton Makeev says:

      May 27, 2014

      Charles, please check this issue for a workaround – you need to manually remove the old version of the plugin.


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