Reverse Engineering UI For Fun And Profit (CocoaConf DC, April 2015)

Reverse Engineering UI For Fun And Profit (CocoaConf DC, April 2015)

Learn how to rip apart UI controls, so that you can rebuild them better, stronger, and faster.

The D.C. edition contains a number of updates from my original talk in Boston (available here:, along with the other updates I'd made across versions in Atlanta and Chicago.

Useful things that were only in my demos or speaker notes:
- When logging out recursiveDescripton, copy and paste things into TextWrangler documents. Select two documents in the sidebar and then right click to compare them.
- Use the left/right arrow keys to navigate through QuickTime videos: hold the key down to go in slow-mo, tap the key to go frame by frame.
- When looking at a video in QuickTime, Cmd-C to copy the current frame to the clipboard, and then Cmd-N in Preview to open New From Clipboard.
- If you're on Mavericks or below, the two airplay solutions I mentioned are Reflector ( and AirServer (


Ellen Shapiro

April 10, 2015