Corona SDK: New additions and overhauls

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As our users know, we’re always focused on delivering the best new Corona features for them to use. Since our product is on a subscription basis, we literally work year-round to keep it on top of the latest developments in the rapidly changing mobile space. Earlier this year, we created Corona Game Edition to offer our more advanced features to users who were interested specifically in mobile game development. However, over the past several months, we’ve noticed that everyone (whether they make simple apps or advanced games) wants those heavy-duty features in their utility belts. So, the divided product line is no more!


'Particle Candy' for Corona now available

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About a month ago, we gave you a look at the Particle Candy particle/effects engine from our friends at X-Pressive.com. Now, we’re happy to announce that Particle Candy is available for download. Not only that, but you can get it for 50% off by using the coupon code LetItSnow! You can download Particle Candy now at the X-Pressive purchase page. Also, be sure to check out X-Pressive’s very easy How to Guide to learn how you can start implementing Particle Candy in your Corona creations. Who knows… This could be the thing that pulls your app or game ahead in our new App of the Week/Month contest!


Revamped Corona app showcase, starring YOU!Also, new contest for up to 6 months of free Corona

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We are pleased to announce our new and (much) improved App Showcase page where we will flaunt your Corona creations. Basically, we want your apps and games to be as widely seen and downloaded as possible. So, if you make something particularly awesome, submit to us and we’ll put it on the page! Also, we will now be holding a running contest on the Showcase page. Each week, we will select a submitted app to be the App of the Week, which will win you top promo on the Showcase page (and our Twitter and Facebook pages) and a free 3-month extension to your Corona subscription! It doesn’t stop there — every four weeks, we will choose from the weekly winners an App of the Month


Why did Flash legend Ferry Halim decide to learn Corona?

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Ferry Halim is no stranger to game development. His web site Orisinal boasts an award-winning portfolio of  web games that he’s created with Flash over the past decade. Recently, Ferry started looking to make games for the mobile platform… And to do that, he chose Corona! Ferry has already created Flight of Fire and the newly-launched Winterbells games for iPhone, both using Corona. Below, we talk to Ferry about his journey to the mobile platform, and why Corona stood out to him as the “perfect SDK for a Flash Developer.” Background-wise, I noticed you’re primarily a Flash developer. Do you work with any additional programming languages or platforms? Currently I only work with Flash and Corona. And before Corona, I only made web games in


Ansca and Barnes & Noble's NOOKcolor

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About three weeks ago, I was invited to attend the launch event of Barnes & Noble’s new NOOKcolor. I had read a lot of information about the device, and was eager to see what all the hoopla was about. Three months prior to the B&N event, I had visited Samsung to see the new Galaxy Tab and yet again, here I was at the prospect of yet another Android tablet ready to saturate the already saturated tablet market. While at the launch event, I bumped into some old friends from Adobe as well as the leadership of the mobile unit at B&N. Ted Patrick, Chief Evangelist – Developer Relations for NOOK, had invited me to the event and I was eager to track him down so


New Sample Apps page for Corona

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Piggybacking off the Quick Start Guide and video tutorials that we’ve recently created for you, we now bring you a newly revamped Sample Apps page! Some of the highlights of the Sample Apps page now include: Social Networking: Learn how to add Facebook and Twitter integration to your apps. Storage: These example show you how to create and read API’s. Platform-specific: When you just want to work in one platform, these sample codes that deal only with iPad, iPhone, or Droid will assist you in creating your next app or game. To see the rest, head on over to the page — oh, and let us know how you like its new layout!


Corona wins 'Best Demo' at MobiCASE 2010!

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This past week, we presented our Physics in 5 Lines demo at the MobiCASE conference in Silicon Valley. To our most pleasant surprise, Corona was named ‘Best Demo’ at the conference for its contribution to the field of mobile development! Thanks to the MobiCASE organizers for the honor, and thanks to you — our users — for putting our “5 Lines” demo to everyday use in your creations!


New Toy: TexturePacker for Corona

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Last week, we introduced Zwoptex integration with Corona for more efficiently dealing with sprites and animations in your games. This week, we bring you the TexturePacker command line tool for handling sprites in Corona. It’s not a competitor to our previous Zwoptex integration — just another option we wanted to provide for you, our users. Here are the main specs on TexturePacker, courtesy of  creator Andreas Löw from Code ‘n’ Web: Fully automated layout with detection of the optimal texture size. On-the-fly rescaling of sprites to create high-res and low-res sprite sheets. Automated cropping of transparent pixels for faster rendering and smaller files. Automated creation of aliases using space only once for identical sprites after cropping. Output size optimization for finding the smallest file size.