Mark Sigal of Unicorn Labs reveals the 'Anatomy of an eBook'

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Last month, we talked to Mark Sigal of Unicorn Labs about his eBook Rabbit and Turtle’s Amazing Race for iPad. At that time, Rabbit and Turtle had already cracked the Top 10 on the App Store’s list of top free eBooks. Since then, it has been featured by Apple on the iPad front page and gone on to become the #12 top-grossing (that means paid!) eBook for iPad. Naturally, people wanted to know Mark and Unicorn’s secret to making a best-selling eBook. So, yesterday he penned a guest piece for the O’Reilly Radar offering his insight from creating the top-selling Rabbit and Turtle, and gives plenty of praise to Corona in doing so. You can read the full piece by clicking the screenshot below: “Rabbit and


Corona Comics Tutorial: Word Balloons

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After Tim’s introduction to the newly revitalized Corona Comics yesterday, we thought we’d waste no time in showing you how to make your own iPad comics. One of the most important elements of comic books is word balloons. In the video below, artist Dwayne Ferguson of DieHard Studio Entertainment walks you through the process of creating word balloons for your comics using art software that most of you already have. Dwayne will be contributing more tutorials like this from now on, so all you aspiring iComic artists might want to check in regularly for those!


There's a chill in the AIR

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Fall is making a tentative foray into the morning air. It’s a bit chilly but once risen, the sun quickly warms one’s skin. This is California: we don’t have ostentatious seasons, we have ephemeral ones. You might feel a bit of a chill when the leaves turn color, but then the sun returns and it feels like summer again for a few days. Then that euphoria goes too and the fog rolls in. It’s a bit like that with Adobe AIR for mobile. Yay, it’s here for iPhone! No, it’s not. Yay, it’s back on iOS! Yay, it’s shipping for Android!  So, you consider as the sun warms your fingers, is now the time to go mobile with an AIR based strategy? It does, in


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…


Multi-touch and Physics in Corona Game Edition (with Video!)

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In this short video (shot and edited on an iPhone 4) we show multitouch support and physics in the form of collisions. All of this was written in Corona Game Edition by one of our developers in less than half an hour, using an upcoming library that makes any physics object draggable in one line via “touch joints”. We actually think this might be the only multitouch implementation of Box2D 2.1 — at the very least, it’s the easiest one to use! On a techie geeky note, this video was shot and edited entirely on an iPhone 4, Christopher Peri has a short write up on his blog. Download your own 30 day trial of Game Edition, and feel free to use any of our sample


Corona Workshop in the Bay Area This Saturday!

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This week, not only are we launching new versions of Corona, but we’re also showing you how to use them! On Saturday, September 18, we’ll be leading a “Beginning iPhone/iPad App Development with Corona” workshop at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont. Our very own CTO Walter Luh and senior engineer Evan Kirchhoff will be running the show, so rest assured you’ll be getting top-quality instruction! Be sure to check out the Meetup page for more details, including RSVP info and a list of software t0 have pre-installed before coming. Admission is $20, to cover the space rental. We only have a few more spots left, so don’t wait to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!


Targeting your mobile apps? Don’t forget about Asia!

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A couple weeks ago, we blogged how smartphone sales were growing in the U.S. and worldwide, opening up a larger market for mobile apps and gaming. Well, it seems like this is especially true across the Pacific! Earlier this week, the new iPhone 4 went up for presale in South Korea. The resulting avalanche of preorders (130,000 in 13 hours!) crashed the servers of KT Corp., the Korean iPhone carrier. By comparison, the previous iPhone 3GS presold 60,000 units on its first day in Korea late last year. Even though these numbers barely compare to U.S. iPhone 4 preorders from this past June, (600,000 on the first day, which also crashed servers) they illustrate the mobile market that is emerging in the Far East. In


Targeting your mobile apps? Don't forget about Asia!

Posted by & filed under iPad, iPhone.

A couple weeks ago, we blogged how smartphone sales were growing in the U.S. and worldwide, opening up a larger market for mobile apps and gaming. Well, it seems like this is especially true across the Pacific! Earlier this week, the new iPhone 4 went up for presale in South Korea. The resulting avalanche of preorders (130,000 in 13 hours!) crashed the servers of KT Corp., the Korean iPhone carrier. By comparison, the previous iPhone 3GS presold 60,000 units on its first day in Korea late last year. Even though these numbers barely compare to U.S. iPhone 4 preorders from this past June, (600,000 on the first day, which also crashed servers) they illustrate the mobile market that is emerging in the Far East. In


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


New for iPad: Sound Spinner – Barnyard Edition By Trapping Ackbar

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Entertain and educate your toddler with the fun spinning action of Sound Spinner! The Barnyard Edition of the Sound Spinner app, made with Corona SDK from Ansca Mobile, is a fun way for children to learn about animals with illustrations and real animal sounds. Spin the farmer and hear the sound of the animal he points to, or tap an animal directly to hear the sound it makes. Quality, varied animal sounds will delight youngsters! Need a little peace and quiet? Turn the audio off with the touch of a button. Want to quiz your young one? Turn the animal labels off. Combine these two toggles to quiz for audio, visual, and reading recognition. A great and fun way to introduce young ones to technology