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... is a complete rewrite of NavigationView (from Design Support library) that enables usage of Checkboxes, Switches & Badges in/as menu items. Menus are defined in good-old XML, and parsed using a custom MenuInflater. SublimeNavigationView works with Parcelable menus which means that state retention is built-in. Moreover, it can support multiple menus while preserving their respective states. Groups added to the menu have the added feature of being collapsible/expandable. Along with this, SublimeNavigationView allows a few options for custom styling.

Gradle dependency

compile 'com.appeaser.sublimenavigationviewlibrary:sublimenavigationviewlibrary:0.0.1' 


Screenshots have been taken from the sample application available here:

How the menu looks:

SublimeNavigationView can work with any number of menus. As an example of this, the sample application shows how to handle two of them:

Switching between menus:

First Menu Second Menu

SublimeMenu supports grouping of menu items. In addition to the standard features such as defining a checkable policy, ordering etc., a SublimeGroup can be expanded/collapsed - on user input, through XML definition, or programmatically:

Collapsed Expanded

XML definitions are quite straight-forward. An example:

  android:title="Independent item"
  android:hint="(Optional) hint for this item"/> 

This would translate to:

A Text item with an icon - and another, that shows icon space, but doesn't display an icon:

  android:title="Independent item with icon"
  android:icon="@drawable/archive" />  <Text
  android:title="Indented item"
  android:hint="Show icon space on-demand"


TextWithBadge menu items can be presented in two forms - initialized & uninitialized. In uninitialized form, the item will display an indeterminate ProgressBar in place of badgeText:

  android:title="Text with badge item"

In initialized form, the item will have its badgeText set in XML:

  android:title="Text with badge item"

This feature can be used if the badgeText is being retrieved through a network call, or if some computation needs to be performed before it can be displayed. Once the text is available, you can display it using:



SublimeNavigationView also supports a few styling options. As an example, the sample application uses a custom typeface spicified in the view's xml definition:


Styling info can also be set programmatically by providing a initialized SublimeThemer.

There were some features that were left out on purpose. One of them was the option to define sub-menus. This feature is essential when used within the ActionBar design pattern, but its importance in a navigation view is lost on me.

The NavigationView from design library adds separators automatically. SublimeNavigationView takes a different approach, and lets you decide where the separators should go. So, to create a divider, add a Separator menu item:

  android:id="@+id/separator_item_1" /> 

Since there are no space concerns, orderInCategory & menuCategory have also been left out.


Copyright (c) 2015 Vikram Kakkar  Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
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