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PinpointKit is an open-source iOS library in Swift that lets your testers and users send feedback with annotated screenshots using a simple gesture.
ScreenshotDetectordepends on the
Photosframework to access the user’s photo library. This requires you to add an entry for the
NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescriptionkey in your
Info.plistfile describing your app’s use of the user’s photo library. As of iOS 10, failure to provide a value for this key could cause your submission to the App Store to be rejected by Apple, or cause your app to exit upon attempting to access the user’s photo library.
ScreenshotDetectoris excluded by default when installing via CocoaPods, but is included otherwise.
CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Cocoa projects. You can install it with the following command:
$ gem install cocoapods
CocoaPods 1.0.0+ is required to build PinpointKit.
To integrate PinpointKit into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, specify it in your
platform :ios, '9.0'
target 'YOUR_TARGET_NAME' do
pod 'PinpointKit', '~> 1.5.0'
Then, run the following command:
$ pod install
We also offer a convenience class,
ScreenshotDetector that is available via the
ScreenshotDetector subspec. This class provides delegate callbacks when the user takes a screenshot while using your app. Please see the Requirements section regarding inclusion of
ScreenshotDetector. You can add this to your project by adding the following line in your
Podfile, in addition to the one for
pod 'PinpointKit/ScreenshotDetector', '~> 1.5.0'
Carthage is a decentralized dependency manager that builds your dependencies and provides you with binary frameworks.
You can install Carthage with Homebrew using the following command:
$ brew update
$ brew install carthage
To integrate PinpointKit into your Xcode project using Carthage, specify it in your
github "Lickability/PinpointKit" ~> 1.5.0
carthage update to build the framework.
PinpointKit.framework from the Carthage build folder into the “Embedded Binaries” section.
If you prefer not to use either of the aforementioned dependency managers, you can integrate PinpointKit into your project manually.
cd into your top-level project directory, and run the following command if your project is not initialized as a git repository:
$ git init
$ git submodule add -b master https://github.com/Lickability/PinpointKit.git
Open the new
PinpointKit/PinpointKit folder, and drag the
PinpointKit.xcodeproj into the Project Navigator of your application’s Xcode project.
It should appear nested underneath your application’s blue project icon. Whether it is above or below all the other Xcode groups does not matter.
PinpointKit.xcodeproj in the Project Navigator and verify the deployment target matches that of your application target.
Next, select your application project in the Project Navigator (blue project icon) to navigate to the target configuration window and select the application target under the “Targets” heading in the sidebar.
In the tab bar at the top of that window, open the “General” panel.
Click on the
+ button under the “Frameworks, Libraries, and Embeeded Content” section.
You may see two different
PinpointKit.xcodeproj folders each with two different versions of the
PinpointKit.framework nested inside a Products folder.
Select the top
PinpointKit.framework for iOS.
And that’s it!
PinpointKit.framework is automatically added as a target dependency, linked framework and embedded framework in a “Copy Files” build phase which is all you need to build on the simulator and a device.
Once PinpointKit is installed, it’s simple to use.
Initialize an instance of
PinpointKit, specifying an array of feedback recipients used to pre-populate email addresses to which feedback can be sent:
let pinpointKit = PinpointKit(feedbackRecipients: ["[email protected]"])
To display a feedback view controller, add the following code where you want the feedback to display, passing the view controller from which
PinpointKit should present:
Note: Be sure to keep a strong reference to your instance of
PinpointKitfor the duration of its use.
If you want to have the feedback view display from a shake gesture, simply add the following to your application delegate, replacing
["[email protected]"] with your array of email recipients and
AppDelegate with your application delegate’s name:
private static let pinpointKit = PinpointKit(feedbackRecipients: ["[email protected]"])
var window: UIWindow? = ShakeDetectingWindow(frame: UIScreen.main.bounds, delegate: AppDelegate.pinpointKit)
PinpointKit uses a protocol-oriented architecture which allows almost everything to be customized. Here are some examples of what’s possible:
JIRASender that conforms to
Sender, allowing users to send feedback directly into your bug tracker.
For more information on what you can customize, take a peek at the documentation of
Here are just a few of the apps and companies using PinpointKit to collect feedback. If your app does too, submit a pull request!
PinpointKit is available under the MIT license. See the
LICENSE file for more information.
PinpointKit is built and maintained by Lickability, a small software studio in New York that builds apps for clients and customers. If you or your team need help building or updating an app, say [email protected]. We’d love to hear more about your project.