They're here! Corona SDK and Corona Game Edition

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Today, we remove the alpha and beta version numbers and bring you the new, cross-platform Corona SDK and a Corona Game Edition pre-release! Back in December, we released Corona for iPhone, which made iPhone app development quicker and easier than ever before without sacrificing any aspect of app performance.Using Lua, Corona took the months-long process of creating iPhone apps and shortened it into a matter of days! Almost immediately after launching that first incarnation of Corona, we set out to support multiple platforms and provide a truly versatile solution for the mobile development community. After being in the works for months, we now present to you the seamlessly cross-platform Corona SDK and Corona Game Edition: Corona SDK continues the original Corona’s tradition of straight-forward, time-efficient app


Corona and the new Apple TOS Agreement Changes

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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


Apple "relaxes all restrictions" on iOS developer tools

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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


Last chance to get Corona for $99

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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


ESP Guitars issues new iPhone app made with Corona

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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


Why Doodle Dash! creator Jonathan Beebe still hasn’t bought that book on Objective-C

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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


Why Doodle Dash! creator Jonathan Beebe still hasn't bought that book on Objective-C

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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


Math with Mathaliens creator talks Corona-made educational apps

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Bohumil Vosicky of Czech Republic-based 22learn talks to us about the extra challenges that go into creating educational apps for children, and why he thinks Corona is the best for doing so. You can check out Bohumil’s recently launched Math with Mathaliens for iPad in the App Store. First off, can you tell me about your background as a developer? What platforms and languages do you have experience in, and which one do you prefer most? It’s been about twenty years now since my wife and I decided to leave our careers as teachers and shifted our efforts towards the development of educational software. Initially, we primarily focused on software for primary schools and eventually succeeded in building one of the most respected companies in


Hop to the Top with Corona SDK: David Fox of Orange Fox Games interview

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Last week, David Fox of Orange Fox Games saw his Hop to the Top iPhone game enter the App Store.  This week, he talks to us about the making of his game, and why he switched to Corona in order to build it. You can learn more about Hop to the Top at the Orange Fox web site. Starting off, what’s your background as a developer? What’s your preferred platform to create for? When I was about 11, I took a summer camp course on the basics of Flash.  This got me interested in the development of games, specifically for the web.  A few years later, I paired up with my development partner Ryan (co-creator of Hop to the Top) in high school and we decided


Ansca Mobile at Casual Connect in Seattle

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With the launch of Corona Game Edition coming up quickly, we decided to attend Casual Connect this past week, meet the people in the casual game industry and listen to what the speakers, panelists, and attendees are saying about casual games. One of the biggest take aways is the refrain, “Yes, we want to be on a mobile platform.” Casual gaming seems to be moving away from downloadable computer game toward the kind of portable games that people can play for a few minutes while waiting in line at the bank. People who were not the target market for a mobile gaming device now have a mobile phone that can double as a game machine with them at all times- and they are starting to