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This week, not only are we launching new versions of Corona, but we’re also showing you how to use them! On Saturday, September 18, we’ll be leading a “Beginning iPhone/iPad App Development with Corona” workshop at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont. Our very own CTO Walter Luh and senior engineer Evan Kirchhoff will be running the show, so rest assured you’ll be getting top-quality instruction! Be sure to check out the Meetup page for more details, including RSVP info and a list of software t0 have pre-installed before coming. Admission is $20, to cover the space rental. We only have a few more spots left, so don’t wait to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

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Here at Ansca, we happily welcome the new Apple TOS relaxing the stance on third party developer tools for iOS. What does it mean to you, our current users, and for future users of the Corona SDK? It means that you can now use Corona as the development tool of choice for your cross-platform app development, for both games and non-game apps, on both iOS and Android devices. It also means that you no longer have to worry about our technology not being compliant with Apple, today or in the future. As we have done, we will continue to deliver the best development tool for app creation on iOS and Android devices. We truly believe we are delivering the fastest, easiest way to develop apps

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We all woke up to an interesting announcement this morning: Apple has revised their iOS developer terms again (effective September 27), and they have now removed all the sections that previously seemed to limit development languages. In a new document called “App Store Review Guidelines”, Apple makes their intentions very clear: We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year. In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS

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Imagine you are an EMT, you go on a call to a house and find a person passed out next to an unlabeled bottle of pills. You need to identify what they might have taken — with the Pillbox app you can take out your mobile device, search, and load high resolution photos, and making a positive ID. Pillbox is a visual identification system (still in beta and not yet approved for clinical use) created by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.  It’s a tool for doctors, poison control centers, other medical professionals, and the public to quickly and accurately identify pills. There are also links to FDA data for each entry, giving the user access to side effects, overdose

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Heads up:  this month, we’re formally launching Corona Game Edition and a new version of the Corona SDK. Due to the overwhelming amount of great new features that both releases will include, we will be raising the price to $249/year for the regular Corona SDK and higher for the more heavy-duty Game Edition. However, you can still grab a copy of both for only $99/year by signing up right now for a year’s subscription.  For the regular SDK, you’ll be upgraded for free when it ships next week; for Game Edition, you can download the current beta release (which is still covered in your $99/year) and can upgrade for free to the final release when it launches later this month. Just thought you’d like to

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Animals: Zoo and Farm by 22learn Let your kids explore an amazing world of animals on the iPad by learning and practicing in two separate game modes. This unique app features both common farm and wild animals. Children will love the adorable illustrations, cute photos, and realistic sounds! Dragon’s Keep by Beebe Games From the creators of the wildly popular Doodle Dash!, Dragon’s Keep is a tilt-action arcade game that features 14 unlockable characters and two play modes. Race against the clock in “Fury” mode or see how long you can last in the “Survival” mode! The ESP Experience by Brainmask To help celebrate its 35th year in business, the ESP Guitar Company partnered with Brainmask to create The ESP Experience for iPhone. The app

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We know we have at least one guitar player using Corona, so we thought this would be some great news to announce! Heavy metal guitar powerhouse ESP Guitars just released their app, The ESP Experience, for iPhone.  The Corona-made app features regularly updated free song downloads, a nationwide ESP dealer locator, and even a video guitar lesson from Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne’s new guitarist)  It also includes a built-in chromatic tuner, perfect for guitarists and bassists who don’t want to carry around a stand-alone tuner with their gear! ESP’s artist roster includes James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Tom Araya of Slayer, and Max Cavalera of Sepultura/Soulfly — and the Ansca Mobile team is honored to have been chosen to help contribute to that

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Over the weekend, Beebe Games’ Doodle Dash! game broke into the App Store’s list of top free apps, coming in at #25! This comes just on the heels of it being OpenFeint’s Free Game of the Day honor last Thursday, which brought in over 40,000 downloads for the game. Creator Jonathan Beebe must now be even more thrilled than he was when we interviewed him last week. We would like to extend our congrats and thanks to him for using Corona to build his successful game! You can grab Doodle Dash! over at the App Store right now.

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Over the weekend, Beebe Games’ Doodle Dash! game broke into the App Store’s list of top free apps, coming in at #25! This comes just on the heels of it being OpenFeint’s Free Game of the Day honor last Thursday, which brought in over 40,000 downloads for the game. Creator Jonathan Beebe must now be even more thrilled than he was when we interviewed him last week. We would like to extend our congrats and thanks to him for using Corona to build his successful game! You can grab Doodle Dash! over at the App Store right now.

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Jonathan Beebe recently made a splash with Doodle Dash! for iPhone, his first foray with Corona that just received the honor of being OpenFeint’s Free Game of the Day. Below,  Jon details the process of choosing an SDK, creating Doodle Dash! (twice!) and why he still hasn’t gotten around to buying a book on Objective-C. To kick things off, can you give a background of your experience in game development? What types of platforms and languages can you work with, and which one(s) are your preferred ones to work with? I’ve been “experimenting” with game development for a couple of years now. I have been a self-taught PHP web developer since 2006 (my preferred language, that is, until I discovered Lua through the Corona SDK) and I tried my hand