R – how to get around lack of ‘add’ button in ABPeoplePickerNavigationController


My app needs to associate instances of a custom class with contact records in the iPhone's AddressBook. Everything's all well and good when I present the ABPeoplePickerNavigationController and allow the user to pick an existing contact. Problem is there's no obvious way to allow a user to easily ADD a contact record if the one they're looking for doesn't already exist in their AddressBook.

How are people getting from ABPeoplePickerNavigationController to ABNewPersonViewController in a way that's easy & intuitive for the user?

Best Solution

You can create a UIBarButton and add it to the UINavigationBar of the ABPeoplePickerNavigationController like so.

    peoplePicker.topViewController.navigationItem.rightBarButtonItem = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithBarButtonSystemItem:UIBarButtonSystemItemAdd target:self action:@selector(addPerson:)];

    ABNewPersonViewController *view = [[ABNewPersonViewController alloc] init];
    view.newPersonViewDelegate = self;
    UINavigationController *nc = [[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController:view];
    [self.picker presentModalViewController:nc animated:YES];

The issue that i came up against was that the ABPeoplePickerNavigationController has a cancel button placed in the rightBarButtonItem slot and I had to update the navigation bar on the

- (void)navigationController:(UINavigationController *)navigationController willShowViewController:(UIViewController *)viewController animated:(BOOL)animated{

I have documented the entire process on my blog with a worked example that should allow you to create a contacts style application similar to that on the iPhone. Hope this helps.

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