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Show Documents in a Tabbed ViewController in Xamarin

Legacy Viewer
This guide is only valid when using the legacy PTDocumentViewController class in a tabbed viewer. This class is no longer being updated. For the best viewing experience and to take advantage of new developments, the PTDocumentController should be used. Please see this guide for information.

The PTTabbedDocumentViewController class is a container view controller that hosts multiple PTDocumentViewControllers with a tabbed interface. For more information about the PTDocumentViewController class, please see this guide .

Tabbed viewer view controller

The tabbed viewer control is part of the Tools library, so make sure you have added the Tools library to your project .

Show a tabbed viewer controller

The following sample demonstrates how to show a tabbed viewer controller with a document from another UIViewController:

PTTabbedDocumentViewController tabbedController = new PTTabbedDocumentViewController();
UINavigationController navigationController = new UINavigationController(tabbedController);
NSUrl fileURL = NSBundle.MainBundle.GetUrlForResource("sample", "pdf");


this.PresentViewController(navigationController, true, null);

The openDocumentWithURL: method will create a new tab if the URL is not already being displayed, otherwise it will switch to the existing tab.

The tabbed viewer controller currently relies on the UINavigationController to supply a navigation bar for the buttons.

Tab management

For more control over how tabs are added to the tabbed viewer controller, the addTabWithURL:selected:error: and insertTabWithURL:atIndex:selected:error: methods can be used:

// Add the fileURL to the end of the tab bar, without changing the selected tab.
NSError error = null;
bool success = tabbedController.AddTabWithURL(fileURL, false, out error);
if (!success)
    Console.WriteLine("add tab failed...");
// Insert and select the otherFileURL at the start of the tab bar.
NSError error = null;
bool success = tabbedController.InsertTabWithURL(otherFileURL, 0, true, out error);
if (!success)
    Console.WriteLine("insert and select tab failed...");

Configure the tab bar

The behavior of the tabbed viewer controller can be customized with several properties. The tabsEnabled and maximumTabCount properties can be used to disable the tab bar and limit the number of tabs, respectively. By default, tabs are enabled in the tabbed viewer controller and there is no limit on the number of tabs.

Tab bar visibility

The tab bar's visibility is controlled by the tabBarHidden property. To animate the change in visibility, the setTabBarHidden:animated: method can be used.

When the containing navigation controller's navigation bar is hidden, the tabbed viewer also hides its tab bar.

Tabbed viewer controller delegate

To configure a document view controller before it is displayed, conform to and implement the PTTabbedDocumentViewControllerDelegate method willAddDocumentViewController. Note that it is permissible to assign the internal PTDocumentViewController's delegate to an external object.

tabbedDocumentViewController.WillAddDocumentViewController += (sender, e) =>
    // do something with e.DocumentViewController

You can set a delegate to be notified by the tabbed viewer controller when tabs are removed with the PTTabbedDocumentViewControllerDelegate protocol's tabbedDocumentViewController:willRemoveTabAtIndex: method.

The tabbedDocumentViewController:willRemoveTabAtIndex: delegate method can be used to close the tabbed viewer controller when the last tab is closed:

tabbedDocumentViewController.WillRemoveTabAtIndex += (sender, e) => {
    if (((PTTabbedDocumentViewController)sender).TabURLs.Length > 1)
    ((PTTabbedDocumentViewController)sender).DismissViewController(true, null);

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