Adding an Overlay to a View
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This topic explains, with a code example how to create a basic instance of the IGOverlayView™ control and display an overlay on a view.

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Adding the IG Framework File

This topic explains how to add the IG framework file to a project.

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Displaying an Overlay with IGOverlayView – Code Example


The IGOverlayView’s power lies in the simple to use API to easily animate in and out views. In this code example you will:

  • Create an instance of the IGOverlayView
  • Add a UIView containing a label to the IGOverlayView
  • Animate the IGOverlayView into view


The screenshot below shows how the IGOverlayView looks as it renders along the bottom edge of the device.


To start, set the background color of the view controller’s view to white.

In Objective-C:

self.view.backgroundColor = [UIColor whiteColor];

In C#:

this.View.BackgroundColor = UIColor.White;

Next, default constructors create an instance of the IGOverlayView.

In Objective-C:

IGOverlayView *overlayView = [[IGOverlayView alloc] init];

In C#:

IGOverlayView overlayView = new IGOverlayView();

Having created the overlay instance, create the UIView to act as the message container.

In Objective-C:

UIView *messageView = [[UIView alloc] init];
CGRect viewBounds = self.view.bounds;
messageView.frame = CGRectMake((viewBounds.size.width / 2) - 125, viewBounds.size.height - 20, 250, 50);
messageView.autoresizingMask = UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleTopMargin|UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleLeftMargin|UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleRightMargin;
messageView.backgroundColor = [UIColor blackColor];
messageView.layer.cornerRadius = 8.0;
messageView.layer.shadowOffset = CGSizeZero;
messageView.layer.shadowOpacity = 0.5;
[overlayView addSubview:messageView];

In C#:

UIView messageView = new UIView();
RectangleF viewBounds = this.View.Bounds;
messageView.Frame = new RectangleF((viewBounds.Size.Width / 2) - 125, viewBounds.Size.Height - 20, 250, 50);
messageView.AutoresizingMask = UIViewAutoresizing.FlexibleTopMargin | UIViewAutoresizing.FlexibleLeftMargin | UIViewAutoresizing.FlexibleRightMargin;
messageView.BackgroundColor = UIColor.Black;
messageView.Layer.CornerRadius = 8.0f;
messageView.Layer.ShadowOffset = Size.Empty;
messageView.Layer.ShadowOpacity = 0.5f;

Having added the message view to the overlay, add a label with your message to the message view.

In C#:

UILabel *label = [[UILabel alloc] init];
label.frame = CGRectInset(messageView.bounds, 5, 5);
label.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];
label.textColor = [UIColor whiteColor];
label.font = [UIFont fontWithName:@"TrebuchetMS-Bold" size:17.0];
label.textAlignment = NSTextAlignmentCenter;
label.text = @"Overlay Message";
[messageView addSubview:label];

In Objective-C:

UILabel label = new UILabel();
label.Frame = messageView.Bounds;
label.Frame.Inflate (-5, -5);
label.BackgroundColor = UIColor.Clear;
label.TextColor = UIColor.White;
label.Font = UIFont.FromName ("TrebuchetMS-Bold", 17.0f);
label.TextAlignment = UITextAlignment.Center;
label.Text = "Overlay Message";
messageView.Add (label);

Lastly, on the overlay view, call the showInView:withAnimation: method to animate and show the message view.

In Objective-C:

[overlayView showInView:self.view withAnimation:IGOverlayAnimationSlideBottom];

In C#:

overlayView.ShowInViewWithAnimation (this.View, IGOverlayAnimationType.IGOverlayAnimationSlideBottom);

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This topic provides a conceptual overview of the IGOverlayView control and its key features.