In Corona‘s graphics model, groups have been the workhorse way of organizing objects hierarchically. When you modify a group’s properties, the children are affected. For example, if you set the alpha on a group, then each child’s alpha is effectively multiplied by that alpha of the parent group.
The new graphics engine is going to have a new kind of group called a Container.
This week I wanted to give you some more eye candy from our next-generation graphics engine to demonstrate how easy it will be to add filter effects to your app.
Like in the 2.5D quadrilateral distortion preview, we’ve modified the Fishies sample app. This time, we’ve taken the background aquarium image and created a 3×3 grid. Then we applied a filter effect to each tile.
A few months ago, I talked about networking 2.0, but what I didn’t mention was that the driving force behind these improvements was a passionate member of the Corona community.
Read about Bob Dickinson’s Herculean effort to improve Corona SDK for the better.
Today, I’m happy to announce our first batch of Corona Plugin partners.
It’s great partners like these that enable Corona developers to access the best new functionality and 3rd party services. In particular, today’s batch span a wider variety of services from app advertising to cross-promotion and value-exchange ads, from social campaigns to game controllers.
An important update on Corona, data collection and issues around COPPA and privacy policies.
We’re happy to announce that support for Google Play game services is coming very soon to Corona. We worked with Google to get early access to their services and also with Chip Chain, a great Corona-based app, that supports the new functionality today. Read on!
For a few weeks, we’ve had a closed beta to test out plugins in Corona SDK. There’s more polish to be done, but we think the infrastructure is stable enough for broader use.
So today, we are going to open up that beta starting with daily build 2013.1106.
Okay, ready to get started?
Please read for a quick update on NOOK”s support of Google Play and how it affects Corona developers.
I’ve been doing a lot of talking about why Corona SDK is super for cross-platform app development. And in last week’s Corona SDK staff conversation, I talked about doing 3-D without the z-axis.
Now, it’s time to show you what I mean.
Right now, many of you are probably trying to figure out whether you want to upgrade to Pro right now, and lock in our promotion before it ends and prices go up this Wed (May 1).
So this week, I wanted to sit down and talk to you about the difference between Starter and Pro features.
In addition, I want to talk about cool graphics features coming to Pro developers that will make mobile app development breathtakingly awesome.