Allen Hsu Allen Hsu - 2 months ago 27
Swift Question

Attributed string with custom fonts in storyboard does not load correctly

We are using custom fonts in our project. It works well in Xcode 5. In Xcode 6, it works in plain text, attributed string in code. But those attributed strings set in storyboard all revert to Helvetica when running on simulator or device, although they look all right in storyboard.

I'm not sure if it's a bug of Xcode 6 or iOS 8 SDK, or the way to use custom fonts is changed in Xcode 6 / iOS 8?


The fix for me was to use an IBDesignable class:

import UIKit

@IBDesignable class TIFAttributedLabel: UILabel {

    @IBInspectable var fontSize: CGFloat = 13.0

    @IBInspectable var fontFamily: String = "DIN Light"

    override func awakeFromNib() {
        var attrString = NSMutableAttributedString(attributedString: self.attributedText)
        attrString.addAttribute(NSFontAttributeName, value: UIFont(name: self.fontFamily, size: self.fontSize)!, range: NSMakeRange(0, attrString.length))
        self.attributedText = attrString

Giving you this in the Interface Builder:

Interface Builder custom font with attributed string

You can set up your attributedstring just as you normal do, but you'll have to set your fontsize and fontfamily once again in the new available properties.

As the Interface Builder is working with the custom font by default, this results in a what you see is what you get, which I prefer when building apps.


The reason I'm using this instead of just the plain version is that I'm setting properties on the attributed label like the linespacing, which are not available when using the plain style.