Below, Josh from the Miss Pivot dating coach service elaborates on how he brought his vision for a truly interactive eBook using Corona SDK. If you read carefully, you might even be able to catch a hint or two at what may be in the Ansca pipeline…
The story of Fire Cupid started when my business partner, Kevin Emmons, and I, Josh Mitchell, decided we wanted to write and release a book on body language. A text-filled manuscript wasn’t an option though. We are both visual people and get tired of reading thousands of words. We knew our story had to be told in a modern medium.
Our idea was to write a book where our readers were able to interact and have fun while learning the science behind people’s undercover signals. The vision included a book with pictures, videos, and infographics — anything other than standard copy. We really wanted the first interactive book on body language to be able to breathe and come alive for readers.
Enter problem number one: we aren’t coders. In fact, no one at Miss Pivot is a coder. Sigh.
So, we dug in and started looking for a platform that would allow us to build an interactive book on iPad and Android Tablets because both devices are perfect mediums for rich media. Solution: Corona SDK! This program won out because it looked fast, simple and focused on more visual content than others we found.
We immediately started writing and creating. Lucky for us, our experience with JavaScipt and ActionScript helped, and we were able to push a prototype out within a week! It went quickly because every bug or glitch we ran into seemed to be magically fixed through Daily Build releases from Ansca. It was weird — weird enough that we’re pretty sure they had our office bugged… (editor’s note: Ansca Mobile does not comment on alleged office buggings)
Seriously, though, we’ve continued to be impressed by Corona and its ability to deliver just what we needed. This platform is exactly what non-coders need to achieve visual apps with a lot less work than you might think. We’re already working on the last two chapters of the book, and Corona’s new native video element is once again helping tremendously with our interaction plans.
Looking into the future, we’re considering publishing Fire Cupid to Macs and PC’s, and we know Corona just might be the perfect setup to make it happen!