MegaManX MegaManX - 1 month ago 12
iOS Question

UIProgressView not updating?

I have started playing with UIProgressView in iOS5, but havent really had luck with it. I am having trouble updating view. I have set of sequential actions, after each i update progress. Problem is, progress view is not updated little by little but only after all have finished. It goes something like this:

float cnt = 0.2;
for (Photo *photo in [Photo photos]) {
[photos addObject:[photo createJSON]];
[progressBar setProgress:cnt animated:YES];
cnt += 0.2;
}


Browsing stack overflow, i have found posts like these - setProgress is no longer updating UIProgressView since iOS 5, implying in order for this to work, i need to run a separate thread.

I would like to clarify this, do i really need separate thread for UIProgressView to work properly?

Answer

Yes the entire purpose of progress view is for threading.

If you're running that loop on the main thread you're blocking the UI. If you block the UI then users can interact and the UI can't update. YOu should do all heavy lifting on the background thread and update the UI on the main Thread.

Heres a little sample

- (void)viewDidLoad
{
    [super viewDidLoad];

    [self performSelectorInBackground:@selector(backgroundProcess) withObject:nil];

}

- (void)backgroundProcess
{    
    for (int i = 0; i < 500; i++) {
        // Do Work...

        // Update UI
        [self performSelectorOnMainThread:@selector(setLoaderProgress:) withObject:[NSNumber numberWithFloat:i/500.0] waitUntilDone:NO];
    }
}

- (void)setLoaderProgress:(NSNumber *)number
{
    [progressView setProgress:number.floatValue animated:YES];
}