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


Game Edition Update: “SimplePool”

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While working out last-minute issues with deploying Game Edition Alpha, we’ve used the time to produce a stack of cool sample projects. (I often find it easier to learn from code samples than from documentation, and from what we’ve heard, a lot of our users feel the same way.) So far, my favorite Game Edition sample code is “SimplePool”, which uses our new physics engine to literally implement an entire game of billiards for iPad in just 200 lines of code! Better yet, the majority of that code is used to position the objects and initialize their physical properties; the physics engine then takes over and manages most of the game automatically. This is the nice thing about physical simulations: you just need to set


Corona SDK 2.0 Public Beta

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In case you missed last week’s email: Corona SDK 2.0 Beta 4 is now available as a public trial, featuring multi-platform authoring for iPhone, iPad and Android. Both subscribers and trial users can download the beta here. If your Corona trial period has already expired and you’d like it extended for another 30 days to try the new features, that’s no problem: simply email your request to beta@anscamobile.com. Until our 2.0 beta period ends later in June, you can still subscribe to Corona at the introductory rate of $99 — and, as we previously announced, you will also receive an upgrade to the full version of Corona SDK 2.0 (a $249 value) at no additional charge. What’s New in Corona? New Corona simulators for iPad and Android, including zoom


Introducing Corona Game Edition

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Our recently announced Corona roadmap features a new section named “Corona Game Edition”. I’d like to describe exactly what that is and how  it differs from Corona SDK 2.0. As Walter discussed in a previous post, Corona apps are actually built around a classic game-development structure: an Objective-C/C++ engine driven by compiled Lua. This architecture is common not only on iPhone, but on console games in general. After looking at the number of apps that our customers have written, as well as apps currently in progress, we learned that more than 50% were game apps. We therefore started to add features to Corona that are primarily of interest to game developers — the most obvious examples being a physics engine, texture-memory optimization techniques, social gaming APIs, and


Corona and iPhone OS 4.0

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UPDATE: Go here to learn more about how Corona apps are no different from #1-selling iPhone apps. First and foremost I want to thank all of our Corona developers, friends and family for their support regarding the new Apple 4.0 OS Terms of Service Agreement (TOS) on how it could affect you, our developers, and us, as a tools company. Let me reassure all of you that we will do whatever it takes to make this work, just like we have been doing since Corona first started shipping. I believe that Corona will be fine, and we are committed to delivering the best tool for multi-platform game and app creation for Apple and Android devices, and we will continue to add new features to Corona


Do Apple’s new rules affect you?

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UPDATE: I discuss the Corona app architecture in more detail here Everyone’s up in arms today about the new iPhone SDK 4.0 rules: developers, startups, bloggers, and even our neighbors! The speculation is out of control. Seemingly innocuous phone calls we had with other developers are being tweeted about. So, in this post, I’m going to keep speculation to a minimum and talk largely about facts. Here’s the short story: The executable binaries you build using Corona are 100% Objective-C/C++. So based on our current best understanding, if you’re a Corona developer, you don’t have much to worry about! The full story: It is true that when you develop your app, you’re initially developing in Lua. But when you click “Build”, you are getting a


6 Corona-powered iPad apps accepted for Grand Opening (so far!)

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(Update: it’s now 6!) We’ve just heard from another Corona developer whose iPad app was approved by Apple, and will be included in this Saturday’s Grand Opening of the iPad App Store. This brings the total to 6 Corona-powered iPad apps in the store so far, and we know of others submitted right around Apple’s deadline that should also make it in. Again, these are native iPad apps compiled for Apple’s new “A4″ processor, not upscaled iPhone apps. We’re very excited that Corona developers have managed to hit this important milestone, even though the available development time was very short — and even though nobody had a physical iPad to test on. Well done, everybody! (The Corona SDK for iPad is currently in beta, and


Corona, now with a lot more iPad

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Our Corona for Android beta isn’t the only one going out this week! Yesterday, the first beta of Corona SDK for iPad was distributed to the Corona subscribers who volunteered for the “Warp 9″ beta program. (To clarify a frequent question: Corona builds native iPad applications — these are NOT iPhone apps running in compatibility mode.) Here’s our demo video of what is, as far as I know, the only 3rd-party iPad Simulator available on planet Earth today: Since the iPad is taller than many normal monitors when shown in portrait mode, we added new controls for zooming in and out. Note that the Corona iPad Simulator has more zoom levels than Apple’s iPad Simulator. Others on the Ansca engineering team wanted to stop at