Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tutorial: How To Extract iPhone App Artwork Downloaded From iTunes - Example Using Path's iOS App

1. Search for the app in the iTunes store and download it.

2. Click on Apps in the left toolbar and search for the app. Then right click and select "Show in Finder".



3. Open the following web page in Apple's Safari web browser http://www.raisedtech.com/iphone-ipa-png/index.php?r=site/index. Then upload the iOS App ipa file to the website. The images stored in the ipa are compressed, and the website searches the ipa archive for all images, decompresses them, and then displays them for you. 


4. The file upload and decompression takes a while, so in the mean time create a new folder to download the extracted artwork. I'll call mine "test-artwork".

5. Download this web page image downloader script that I made using Mac Automator. It grabs the current page in Safari, retrieves all of the image urls, and then proceeds to download all of the images. 

6. Once the app is finished uploading, it refreshes the page and here you see all of the artwork for the page. 

7. Open the Mac Automator script downloaded in step 5. Leave the extracted artwork page as the front most Safari page, select the destination folder for the images, and then click run. The image downloads take a while if there are a lot of images. 

8. Complete! Once complete you should see a successful workflow and open the destination folder and there should be images that you can use for research purposes.



Artwork Here: http://bit.ly/YDM8g1




















4 comments :

Rock Den said...

Once you have your application built you can test it on your iPhone App Test or iPod touch to see exactly what your potential customers will see. Test in real time using the xCode application to help you debug the program and test through the 3G connection on your iPhone to see the true experience of your new and exciting app.

MondoCooler said...

Awesome ! Thanks a lot for the workflow

city said...

thanks for share..

Laurice said...

Thanks for the very helpful tutorial. It proved to be very helpful and easy to follow! Thanks for the share!

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