Big news for the Windows Simulator!!!

Big news for the Windows Simulator!!!

Windows TextField ScreenshotOur Engineering team did something really big today.  We now support the native.newTextField() and native.newTextBox() APIs on the Windows simulator.  And as a side benefit Windows desktop builds will also get text fields now.

There are a couple of caveats. It does not support  transparency via “alpha” or “hasBackground” properties, but as of daily build 2015.2695, you can test your input in the Windows Simulator.

Go grab the build today!






Rob Miracle

Rob is the Developer Relations Manager for Corona Labs. Besides being passionate about helping other developers make great games using Corona, he is also enjoys making games in his spare time. Rob has been coding games since 1979 from personal computers to mainframes. He has over 16 years professional experience in the gaming industry.

  • Infuse Dreams
    Posted at 03:47h, 14 August

    Excellent work Corona team!

  • lieo
    Posted at 04:35h, 14 August

    yata, great update !

  • Larry Meadows
    Posted at 08:38h, 14 August

    That is awesome news !! I Love it!!!

    Great Job guys.


  • Larry Meadows
    Posted at 08:54h, 14 August

    does this mean that the native text that we add to lists are more responsive ?

    I have an app i have been developing for all mobile platforms and windows lags behind the others with the scrolling lists because of the text.



    • Joshua Quick
      Posted at 17:26h, 14 August

      Larry, are you referring to Windows Phone 8? If so, then it’s not related. This is a new feature we’ve added to the Windows desktop, which affects the Windows Corona Simulator and Win32 desktop apps.

  • Ed Maurina
    Posted at 09:36h, 14 August

    Good job Team! Glad to see you guys got this working.

    Of course Jason and I are now a little sad (not really). 🙂

  • Nicolas Michaud
    Posted at 05:32h, 15 August

    You are the best.

    Thank you

  • pasidaips
    Posted at 19:06h, 20 August

    wohoo that is something awesome, seriously 😀 was doing app with basically textfields like 2 months ago and it took me considerable time to do it due to having to do extra irrelevant work… thanks!

  • RuneW
    Posted at 22:57h, 20 August

    Great news of course. But to be honest, this should have been supported from day one.

  • Ming
    Posted at 05:16h, 21 August


    One problem here. I can’t change my text field’s font and font size and all. eg. I use

    myField = native.newTextField(160, 300, 200, 50)
    myField.fontSize = 15

    But no difference with

    myField = native.newTextField(160, 300, 200, 50)
    myField.fontSize = 3

    Any guide on it?

    • Ming
      Posted at 05:29h, 21 August

      Oops. Just realized that I need to use “.size” instead of “.fontSize”. Sorry!

  • Ming
    Posted at 05:26h, 21 August

    Also, the position of my textfield differs in composer and non-composer app.

    In non-composer app:
    myField = native.newTextField(w/2, h/2, 100, 30)

    the text field appears to be in the center.

    In composer app:
    myField = native.newTextField(w/2, h/2, 100, 30)

    the text field appears to be in the bottom right corner. In order to make it center, I need to use:

    myField = native.newTextField(w/4, h/4, 100, 30)

    Please fix this bug! And for sure, thank you for making it testable in Windows Simulator.


    • Ming
      Posted at 06:25h, 21 August

      okay there was a little prob in my config.lua and I’ve changed it. everything is fine now!

  • Ming
    Posted at 06:31h, 21 August

    sorry for the spam. There is one more problem that I found after the update. My text font got all the same.

    For instance, I got 10 lines of text, all using display.newText
    All are “Arial”
    When line 5 is “Arial Bold”, line 6 onwards changed to Arial Bold as well.
    Same thing happens when line 2 is bold, line 2 onwards is bold

  • tnismmile
    Posted at 03:05h, 22 August

    great update !

  • Rob Vermeulen
    Posted at 14:26h, 22 August

    this made my day! But why on earth did it take so long to support this?

  • Joan
    Posted at 09:01h, 24 August

    Nice one!