10 April 2013
Staff Conversation: Corona SDK Starter and Price Changes
Starting today, we’re introducing a new segment on Corona Geek called Staff Conversations. Each week, a member of Corona Labs’ team will share something new and interesting, from a Corona engineer discussing an aspect of the SDK, to Walter talking about the vision of Corona.
To kick things off, we asked Corona Labs’ COO, David Rangel, to come on the show and talk about the recent addition of Corona SDK Starter, as well as the upcoming enhancements to Corona Pro. We had the chance to ask David why Corona was made free, why Corona Indie went away, how the new offerings fit together with the recent launch of Corona Cloud.
We hope you enjoy the new segments. If you have topic suggestions for upcoming Staff Conversations, be sure to leave them in the Corona Geek forum.
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DavidPosted at 12:31h, 10 April
This announcement makes it sound like CoronaLabs is looking to be purchased. While I am uninformed and pretty ignorant to the business workings of CoronaLabs, I cannot see a good reason to give away a the SDK for free. The free trial is already great for people who want to evaluate the product. In a competitive arena such as mobile development I view technology as a sprint and business practices as a marathon. I am hoping that CoronaLabs is in it for the long haul.
While my needs do not require the Pro version, I am concerned that as I downgrade from my Indie “paid” subscription to the “free” Starter version, that I will not receive the support or attention from CoronaLabs that I had in the past. I am hoping that the Stable Builds made available to me will actually be stable and bug-free unlike the current versions that require me to use the “beta” Daily Builds.
These are just my concerns and I love the Corona SDK. Keep up the good work and great product!
David RangelPosted at 20:51h, 10 April
David, thanks for the comment. We are definitely in this for the long haul as well, which is why we want to open mobile development to as many developers as possible. While I agree that the unlimited trial was good, free is great. But we are balancing that out by strong Pro and Enterprise versions that developers are happy to pay for as well.
All our builds – daily and public have been increasing in stability and that will continue.