Getting-started

Create an iOS app in Swift

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This page gives you a few hints for integrating the Vidinoti SDK in a Swift application.

See a working demo application: https://github.com/vidinoti/swift-demo-app

Requirement / getting started

Follow the steps described in Create an app - Basics. In summary, do the following:

  1. Connect to V-Director
  2. Download the latest iOS SDK version under “SDK” > “Downloads”
  3. Retrieve your license key under “SDK” > “Licenses”. Copy it somewhere, you will need it later.
  4. Open the section “SDK” > “My Applications”.
  5. Create a new application with your application bundle ID. It is important that the registered bundle ID corresponds to your application otherwise the SDK won’t be able to connect to the backend. If you use several bundle ID (e.g. for staging), add each of them as a new application.

Import SDK into Swift app

  1. Copy VDARSDK.framework into your Xcode project.
  2. Open your project settings and select your app target in the “General” tab.
  3. Add VDARSDK.framework in the section “Linked Frameworks and Libraries”.
  4. Add below required frameworks.

    • Accelerate.framework
    • AudioToolbox.framework
    • AVFoundation.framework
    • AVKit.framework
    • CoreBlutooth.framework
    • CoreGraphics.framework
    • CoreLocation.framework
    • CoreMedia.framework
    • CoreMotion.framework
    • CoreVideo.framework
    • ImageIO.framework
    • JavaScriptCore.framework
    • libc++.dylib
    • libiconv.dylib
    • libicucore.dylib
    • libz.dylib
    • MediaPlayer.framework
    • MessageUI.framework
    • OpenGLES.framework
    • QuartzCore.framework
    • Security.framework
    • Social.framework
    • UserNotifications.framework

    Required frameworks

  5. Open now the “Build Settings” and add -ObjC to “Other Linker Flags”

    ObjC Linker Flag

  6. We will now create a bridging header. Xcode can create one for you. Select “File” > “New” > “File…” and create a new Objective-C file (the filename is not important, we will delete it later).
  7. Xcode will ask you if you want to create a Bridging Header. Click “Create Bridging Header”.

    Xcode create bridging header

  8. Delete the Objective-C file you have just created. You don’t need it anymore. It has just been used for creating the bridging header.
  9. Open the bridging header file. It is usually called <App name>-Bridging-Header.h and add the following line.

     #import <VDARSDK/VDARSDK.h>
    

Initialize the SDK

  1. Open your AppDelegate and add the following into the application(_:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:) method.

     func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplication.LaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
         let documentPath = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(.documentDirectory, .userDomainMask, true)[0] as NSString
         let documentPathString = documentPath.appendingPathComponent("models")
         guard let controller = VDARSDKController.startSDK(documentPathString, withLicenseKey: licenseKey) else {
             fatalError("Error loading Vidinoti SDK")
         }
         controller.imageSender = VDARCameraImageSource()
         return true
     }
    
  2. And the following

     func application(_ application: UIApplication, didReceive notification: UILocalNotification) {
         VDARSDKController.sharedInstance()?.application(application, didReceive: notification)
     }
     func applicationWillResignActive(_ application: UIApplication) {
         VDARSDKController.sharedInstance()?.save()
     }
     func applicationDidEnterBackground(_ application: UIApplication) {
         VDARSDKController.sharedInstance()?.save()
     }
    

Synchronization

The application needs to synchronize with V-Director for retrieving the contents to recognize. For synchronizing, see the following code

    func synchronize() {
        if syncing {
            return
        }
        syncing = true
        VDARSDKController.sharedInstance()?.afterLoadingQueue.addOperation {
            DispatchQueue.main.async {
                VDARRemoteController.sharedInstance()?.syncRemoteModelsAsynchronously(withPriors: [], withCompletionBlock: {result, error in
                    syncing = false
                    if let error = error {
                        print("The system got an error during synchronization: \(error)")
                    }
                })
            }
        }
    }

The synchronization should usually be done when the application starts. For example, it can be called from the method applicationDidBecomeActive of your AppDelegate. You must avoid doing several synchronization at the same time. If you don’t want to retrieve all the contents of your V-Director account, you can use tags for organizing your contents. You can then sychronize only with some tags like shown below.

    let priors: [Any] = [VDARTagPrior(tagName: "MyTag")]
    VDARRemoteController.sharedInstance()?.syncRemoteModelsAsynchronously(withPriors: [], withCompletionBlock: {

Multilingual contents also work with special tags. If you want to retrieve only the content of a given language, you must synchronize with the tag “lang_LanguageCode>”. For instance, if you want to synchronize with the contents in French, use the tag lang_fr.

Add AR view

We will now add the AR scanner view.

  1. For accessing the camera, the application must declare its usage of the camera. Edit your app’s Info.plist and add a description for the key NSCameraUsageDescription

    Camera Info.plist

  2. Modify your application such that your app contains a UIViewController that extends VDARLiveAnnotationViewController. The VDARLiveAnnotationViewController contains the camera view and handles the interaction with the AR contents.

Additional hints

  • Show a progress indicator if the application is synchronizing. The image recognition does not work when the synchronization process is in progress.
  • You will also need to add the key NSLocationAlwaysAndWhenInUseUsageDescription to your Info.plist file if your application may synchronize with GPS or beacon contents.
  • Explore the demo application: https://github.com/vidinoti/swift-demo-app