Developer: Odosoft
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★☆☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Somewhere in between all the time spent writing, checking out new apps and games, doing household chores and occasionally remembering to sleep, I’m hoping to find the time to create an app of my own. I’m not planning to make the next Angry Birds but I like to know how things work. If I spend my days critiquing apps and games, surely I should know what’s involved in making one. So, the presence of an app that teaches me how to use Xcode immediately stood out. ShowMe Xcode won’t win any prizes for looks or finesse, but it is a helping hand for those in my position.

The app, favoring a vibrant yellow appearance, offers 24 different tutorials to help users get to grips with Xcode. Aimed at complete newbies to the concepts within, it’s more of an introduction to many ideas than a complex deconstruction. There are also a ton of words to take in, throughout each section which can be a little overwhelming. Unfortunately, while links are provided to other sites and guides, none actually work as interactive links and there’s no way of copying them so I found myself having to type them in manually for further reading.

The tutorials themselves are pretty useful, however. Each is written quite clearly with plenty of code to consult and visual examples to see what to expect. Users can also email the code in the .zip format to consult on a PC or Mac. Concepts such as how to build a tab bar or table are included, plus more visually appealing ideas such as rounded corner images, too. Alert views and animations are also deconstructed through the index section that expands upon what the tutorials offer. In all, there are over 400 entries in this section of the app and I found it more useful than the tutorials as it inspires some useful ideas and concepts.

ShowMe Xcode is far from the most visually attractive of apps and it’s frustrating that links can’t be clicked from the app, however, there’s a lot of useful information here. For the beginner to Xcode, it’s a handy introduction that’s written in an informative way. Given that many beginners need all the help they can get, ShowMe Xcode is worth the asking price providing you can look past its amateurish appearance.

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