Corona, now with a lot more Android

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I am unofficially changing my title from Director of Engineering to Director of non-iPhone platforms. This has got to be the worst kept secret ever. We have been getting lots of requests for Android support in Corona. One user wrote that he purchased Corona, on the expectation that we’d add cross-platform support. I guess it’s pretty obvious, right? We have a grainy home video of a prototype of Corona running on Symbian posted to youtube. We have a flexible, high performance engine written from the ground up for portability. It doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination to connect the dots, and you’re all very smart people. Well, it’s my distinct pleasure to confirm that, yes, indeed, actually we are actively working on an


Presenting Ansca Corona SDK 1.1

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Join The iPhone Network Lounge, hosted by Bamboudesign, Inc for an iPhone networking event and hear Carlos Icaza (that would be me!) from Ansca, Inc., present the latest release of Corona, an amazing alternative iPhone SDK that makes developing iPhone apps a breeze to seasoned developers and accessible to Flash and web developers alike ! Visit the iPhone Network Lounge for details to this event. When: Februay 25, 2010 Where: San Francisco, Miami Ad School, 415 Jackson Street. Time: 6.30pm-9pm Attendance: unlimited Cost: contributions only Thanks and we hope to see you there. Event organized by Bamboudesign and hosted by Marine Leroux, CEO and Founder of Bamboudesign, Inc. Bamboudesign is Ansca’s authorized training partner.


Eating Our Own Dogfood: How we built the Photoshop 20th Anniversary app in three days

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By Evan Kirchhoff When Russell Brown of Adobe approached us about doing a Photoshop 20th Anniversary app, we were immediately excited (if you’ve seen Russell’s show, you know that his enthusiasm is what you might call highly infectious). His proposal was to boil the functionality down to the 1990 “Levels” control panel, which he felt was the original soul of Photoshop. The app would load an image from the user’s iPhone photo library, allow multiple changes with live previews, and then let them save the modified image back to their library. In short, it would combine the nostalgia of seeing old-school Photoshop UI running on today’s iPhone with a genuinely useful photo-manipulating function. However, we had to ship the Corona 1.1 update in early February, with a lot of


Now it can be told: Photoshop and Corona

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At this moment, the Ansca Mobile team is stationed at the Photoshop 20th Anniversary event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, where the following commemorative iPhone app, built by Ansca, has just been unveiled onstage by Russell Brown of Adobe: If you’re not familiar with Russell, you’ll notice him as the 4th name on the original Photoshop 1.0 splash screen above, which we reproduced faithfully in the app. You can also see him demoing the app in this video. The function of the app is to load any photo from your iPhone library, and then manipulate it using any aspect of the original Photoshop 1.0 “Levels” panel (which lets you adjust white point, black point and gamma, in separate red/green/blue or combined


Experience Matters: Flash, iPhone, and Beyond

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A lot of speculation, opinion, passion and even war mongering surrounds Flash’s conspicuous absence from the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and now the iPad. So much in fact that Adobe’s CTO felt compelled to defend Flash and discredit HTML5 video warning that “users and content creators would be thrown back to the dark ages of video on the Web with incompatibility issues.” Once Upon a Time Sitting on the sidelines, I can’t help but think back to my time on Flash. Before the iPhone arrived (a.k.a. the pre-smartphone era), several of us here at Ansca worked on mobile Flash. We worked on devices with as little as a megabyte or two of RAM, with computing power comparable to one of the original Power Macs, and with so little space for binaries that


Corona 1.1 is now shipping

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Corona 1.1 is now shipping and features GPS, Compass, Native Keyboard support, Twitter API, plus more. Purchase your copy for the unbelievable introductory price of $99.00 at http://bit.ly/7Z1bVn. We have also added new sample code, and more content will be up on our site as well. Read what the Corona buzz is all about: Flash and Flex Developer’s Magazine Wanna Play Here? Get Corona! (pg. 15 of the pdf) The iPhone App Review “I love games that use the accelerometer in unique and interesting ways… Core Damage [a Corona-powered app] is a really fun and addictive game. Well worth a look!” InformationWeek “Corona allows for faster development and therefore allows for a reduced development cycle” Marine Leroux, Bamboudesign, Inc.


Box of Sox running on iPad Simulator

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As I mentioned earlier, we are fully supporting the new Apple iPad and here is a link showing off one of the most popular built with Corona iPhone Apps, Box of Sox, running in the new iPad Simulator, Box Of Sox. Today, you can start using Corona as is, and your apps will work on the iPad. We will also take advantage of the lead time to add iPad features into Corona and above all, we will continue to keep a small footprint, take advantage of hardware accelerated graphics, and run at 30FPS or better. Carlos


Ansca Corona to fully support the iPad

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Just want to let you all know that we are fully, 100% committed in supporting the new Apple iPad. Apple, again, delivers what could be a new and exciting product and we are feverishly working on updating out Corona SDK to fully support the iPad. As we get closer to a release for the new Corona SDK with support fo the iPad, we will let you know. All current Corona based apps should work and future apps done on the current SDK should work on the iPad as well. And our very own Walter Luh, CTO and Co-founder of Ansca, has been quoted on InformationWeek regarding the new Apple iPad. http://bit.ly/bHUXTW. Carlos


The next 15 $50 contributors to Mobile Orchard get Corona for free!

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Need a last-minute gift for somebody, or for yourself? We’re giving away free copies of the Corona SDK 1.0 (a $99 value) to the next 15 people who contribute $50 to Mobile Orchard. This is in addition to the other $600 worth of goodies that their $50 contributors will receive. Apart from the obvious value of this holiday offer, Mobile Orchard is a site worth contributing to, and reading regularly. It’s a great resource for all iPhone developers, with useful news, tutorials, and interesting podcasts. Check it out! (Update, Jan. 1: The Mobile Orchard promotion has ended. Happy New Year!)


Missing a library from the “Button” sample project?

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Our apologies! For the first 12 hours of Release 1.0, we were shipping an SDK that was missing a library named “ui.lua” in the “Button” sample project. If you happened to be one of the very early adopters, you can download the project from our Sample Code archive.