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Icons, Launch Storyboards and the Assets Catalog

From iOS 11 Apple now requires a new process of adding icons to your application, you can no longer simply package them as you have done with previous versions of iOS and AIR. Instead you need to create an asset catalog ( file) and package in the root directory of your application.

Note: The file is needed for iOS 11+ when you are using AIR SDK v28+

Additionallyu from iOS 13 Apple now requires a new process of adding launch / splash screens to your application, you can no longer simply package the "default.png" images in your application you have done with previous versions of iOS and AIR.

Note: Apple will soon enforce launch screens with the iOS 13 requirement so this will be a prerequisite for publishing in the AppStore


Method 1 Command Line


You will need a macOS machine with Xcode 9+ for this method to generate the file

This is the method we prefer as it is simpler to update and create than having to drag files into Xcode. We have a script that downloads the required assets, resizes an icon and launch screen image appropriately and calls the xcode utilities to generate the (and launch screen).

The script is available in the AIR-ImageScripts repository

You will need to have installed imagemagick and the xcode command line utilities (see details in the repository if you need help installing them).

To use it, create an icon.png file that is a high resolution icon file (we suggest 1024x1024) and a launch.png launch screen image (we suggest a large 2732x2732 pixel image). Place them in a directory and open a terminal at this location. You can either clone the repository and use the script directly or call it as below:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Once complete this will have generated an out directory that contains

  • your asset catalogue
  • LaunchScreen.storyboardc directory is your custom launch screen storyboard
  • icons directory containing icon images sized for AIR.

Copy these into your application as you require.

You can use the icons directory in your application descriptor by adding the following:


Method 2 Using Xcode

Note: You will need a macOS machine with Xcode 9+ for this method to generate the file

Firstly you will need to open Xcode and create a new application

  • Start a new project and select the "Single View App" under the iOS section (or tvOS section if you are creating this file for a tvOS application).

  • Fill Product Name, Organization Name and Organization Identifier (no specific names required).

  • Save the project
  • In the left hand panel select the Assets.xcassets file

  • Select the AppIcon

  • Add all the required versions of the AppIcon

  • Build the project ( Product -> Build).
  • Right-click on your ‘.app’ -> Show in finder.
  • Right click on your ‘.app’ -> Show package contents.
  • Now copy and package with AIR application.

If you want to include a launch storyboard see here.

Method 3 Online tool

This is the simplest way if you are a Windows developer.

Simply go to the following url:

and upload a 1024x1024 image of your icon. You will get a zip download containing the file and all the icon sizes needed to embed in your iOS application.

Using this method you will not be able to add the LaunchImage so you will have to add a story board manually.

Packaging Asset Catalog

The file must be placed at the root of your application, this means alongside your swf and other application content.

You do this by ensuring that it is in the root of your applications source and selected as a single file in your application package.

Simple Launch Screen

To simplify migration to launch storyboards we have created a simple storyboard that pulls an image from your and aspect fills it to the screen. You will add a single image to your alongside your application icons. (If you followed the instructions above this will be the LaunchImage.png you added.)

Download this zip file and extract the LaunchScreen.storyboardc. Add it to your application and ensure it is packaged at the root level of your application alongside your

LaunchScreen.storyboardc is a directory but will appear as a "file" (package) on macOS

Add the following to the InfoAdditions node in your application descriptor:


That is all, you have now implemented a launch storyboard.

Supporting previous versions of iOS

You must also make sure that you include the icons in your application using the icon tags in the application descriptor xml. This ensures that older versions of iOS still have the correct icons packaged and that other platforms still have the appropriate app icons.

Launch images

Recently Apple changed the supported names of the files for the default / launch images. Make sure you have correctly added the default images according to the Adobe docs: