New release: Corona Game Edition, integrated with Zwoptex

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A couple weeks ago, we announced the public prerelease of Corona Game Edition. Today, we’re rolling out some key improvements to Game Edition: Numerous bug fixes! All the SDK fixes are now rolled in, and we’ve paid special attention to Android, previous gaps in the sprite API, and physics API issues. Enhancements to existing features, including an improved OpenFeint API, laying the foundation for further social features. A new “gameUI” library, for easy cross-platform sound effects, cross-platform fonts, and the ability to make any physics objects multitouch-draggable with just one line of code (see the new “Multipuck” sample). Custom font support for both iOS and Android. A new welcome window that provides easy access to common development tasks such as opening projects in the Simulator, starting a device build, running sample


Heads up: Samsung's Galaxy Tab is just around the corner!

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Word on the street is that Sprint will be releasing the Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tab around November 14. Pricing points reportedly will run at $399 for a 2-year contract and $599 without contract. This couldn’t come at a much better time for us and, most importantly, for you! A week ago, we told you about how Corona successfully ran on the Galaxy Tab: I snagged one of the two Tab demo units in the room. These are still pretty rare, so we had literally never tested Corona on one, and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. It’s always a bit dangerous to try a demo in public for the first time, but in front of the live audience I pulled down some Game Edition samples


Corona Tutorial: Display Objects and Texture Memory (Part 1)

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In part 1 of this tutorial, I talk about the demo program used to explore Corona Display Objects and how it affects texture memory on mobile devices. I demonstrate how adding display objects (images) affects texture memory, and show the best practices for removing display objects to avoid app crashes. You can download the Corona program used in this video here.


Unicorn Labs discuss creating a Top 10 eBook with Corona

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This past week, Unicorn Labs’ first eBook Rabbit and Turtle’s Amazing Race reached #6 on the App Store’s list of top free eBooks! The Corona-created children’s eBook is available for the iPad, and Unicorn says there surely will be more coming in the future. Down below, Unicorn talks to us about making their first eBook…


Corona demoed on Samsung Galaxy Tab at SF Android Meetup

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This week, Eric presented Corona to the San Francisco Android User Group. It’s a pretty big group (80+) that meets near Ghirardelli Square, and I tagged along to help with Q&A. Also presenting were Martin Tannerfors and Hod Greeley from Samsung, showing off Samsung’s cool new Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab. Even though the device was announced quite recently, support for the Galaxy Tab has become a much-requested feature from our users. It’s also my current favorite Android device — bigger than a phone, holdable in one hand, and highly polished in both hardware and customized UI. It’s shipping soon on all four U.S. carriers, so it should be pretty popular. Of course, we already support Android 2.2, but what our users specifically want is


Randy Shepherd of Werd Interactive discusses how Corona brought on Armageddon

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Randy Shepherd of Werd Interactive was already a veteran in the mobile app development space when the Corona SDK was launched in late 2009. So, what made him stick with Corona after taking it for a test-drive to create the Astral Arcade game for iPad? Below, Randy answers that question and talks about the development process of Werd’s latest Corona creation, the dueling strategy game Warlords Armageddon for iPad. To start off, what’s your background as a developer? I started creating shockwave games for NASA in later half of 1996 and founded Werd Interactive in the fall of 1998, which later became incorporated in 2000. We had just started developing for the Sega Dreamcast and SNK Neo Geo Pocket handheld when we had heard though


Corona SDK bundle for TextMate

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Darren from Ludicrous Software just sent over this video of a new Corona bundle that he created for the TextMate code editor. On his blog, he explains how the bundle includes functions like autocomplete, one-key simulator running, and built-in snippets for many common Corona codelines.  All of this lets users to code in Corona even faster than it already allows. Take a look for yourself: You can pick up Darren’s new Corona bundle for free over at GitHub, and be sure to keep tabs on him via Twitter for whenever he rolls out new bundle features. (Game Edition support, more snippets, etc.) And if you’ve made anything cool with Corona, be sure to send it over to us!


Corona SDK Welcome Screen and On-Device Simulator

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Since we just shipped it as a feature in the latest version of Corona, here’s a video explaining the new welcome screen in Corona SDK. Also, I use a couple sample apps (included with the SDK) to demonstrate how you can use the Corona Simulator to test-drive your creations on the iPhone, iPad, and the Android platforms. Have you found the new welcome screen to be helpful?


Two teams at TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon powered by Corona

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Two members of the Ansca team attended the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco this past Saturday, along with a few hundred other developers, designers, and entrepreneurs.  We ended up joining a team to help build an app merging the mobile and social spaces, (sound familiar?)  and supporting another two-person team to create a fun, image-sharing iPad app developed using Corona SDK. Shannon Clark and Curtis Schofield made Mosart, a way to display your photos or art on the iPad.  The app was complete with multi-touch, and didn’t have a single line of code written before 2:00pm on Saturday. Despite that (and with no prior experience in Lua or Corona)  Shannon and Curtis were able to put in a full night of coding and have a working