Time for a quick update on your favorite mobile app development platform.
Last week, Apple announced iOS7 Beta at WWDC. A lot of cool stuff was shown. The interesting thing is that a lot of the “flat” UI that was demonstrated was exactly the kind of thing we saw some of you already creating using Corona’s graphics system.
Today, we had some very special guests visit the Corona office: game legends John Romero and Brenda Romero.
It was really inspiring to meet them. Together, they’ve had a profound influence on the industry that still reverberates today. John designed such seminal games as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake, and co-founded id Software which holds a near mythical place in the pantheon of game development.
Read about our latest and greatest new Public Release 2013.1135
In Corona‘s graphics model, groups have been the workhorse way of organizing objects hierarchically. When you modify a group’s properties, the children are affected. For example, if you set the alpha on a group, then each child’s alpha is effectively multiplied by that alpha of the parent group.
The new graphics engine is going to have a new kind of group called a Container.
Today, I’m happy to announce our first batch of Corona Plugin partners.
It’s great partners like these that enable Corona developers to access the best new functionality and 3rd party services. In particular, today’s batch span a wider variety of services from app advertising to cross-promotion and value-exchange ads, from social campaigns to game controllers.
We’re happy to announce that support for Google Play game services is coming very soon to Corona. We worked with Google to get early access to their services and also with Chip Chain, a great Corona-based app, that supports the new functionality today. Read on!
If you can’t get enough of the the world famous Dilbert comic strip, you’ll love the latest Corona SDK challenge.
Scott Adams, the legendary creator of Dilbert is on the hunt for the hottest mobile game, with the beloved cartoon engineer. We’re joining forces with Dilbert and calling on the Corona SDK community to create the hottest game with Corona SDK Starter, Pro or Enterprise. This contest runs May 14 – July 12, 2013 with winners announced on July 19, 2013.
For a few weeks, we’ve had a closed beta to test out plugins in Corona SDK. There’s more polish to be done, but we think the infrastructure is stable enough for broader use.
So today, we are going to open up that beta starting with daily build 2013.1106.
Okay, ready to get started?
I’ve been doing a lot of talking about why Corona SDK is super for cross-platform app development. And in last week’s Corona SDK staff conversation, I talked about doing 3-D without the z-axis.
Now, it’s time to show you what I mean.
Right now, many of you are probably trying to figure out whether you want to upgrade to Pro right now, and lock in our promotion before it ends and prices go up this Wed (May 1).
So this week, I wanted to sit down and talk to you about the difference between Starter and Pro features.
In addition, I want to talk about cool graphics features coming to Pro developers that will make mobile app development breathtakingly awesome.