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Version 2.5, ending of support for Kwik 1 and Kwik “Next”

Today I am releasing version 2.5, which brings several improvements and new features for sprite sheet use, Android deployment and several others, mostly coming from your suggestions thru the forums. Thanks for helping to shape Kwik! Taking advantage of this posting, I would like to make a few other announcements: End of support for Kwik 1 Starting now, support for Kwik 1 is officially ended. The number of Kwik 1 users is too low at this moment and requests of support are very rare (most users migrated to Kwik 2 or stopped to use Kwik 1). Also, it has been 9 months since the latest update. Adding to it, several…

Kwik Survey

Few days ago we sent a survey to all Kwik users, asking them to help the “Kwik Next” generation of features. Here the results and answers to ALL open questions/suggestions/complains. Thanks again for your participation! Which features are used the most? Besides the basic buttons and actions (everybody need them, right?), clearly animations (linear and path) are in the top. Physics and Sprite Sheets were well voted/used as well. Your input here will help to add new features or improve existing ones.   Which features are used the least? Clearly, almost anyone have used Maps and a few other futures. I wasn’t expecting a large number of people mentioning not using…

Happy Birthday Kwik!

Two years ago (exactly on May, 4th 2011) I launched Kwik with the goal to transform the way people create storybook apps and comics. Based on users feedback, I am happy to say that we (myself and you, the user) have accomplished a lot since version 1. Take a look at the Showcase, partnerships and blog postings and you will have a small idea of what we have done. With thousands of users and hundreds of apps published, varying from storybooks to games, the future seems to be very bright to all of us. Saying that, now it is time to give back. During the month of May, for every…

Partnership with Supa Sounds

We are happy to announce a new partnership with Supa Sounds, a leading sound library provider, that will help Kwik users to improve their applications. Supa Sounds is a music library service specialized in 30 seconds, royalty free, sound loops to help mobile apps stand out. To kick off our new partnership, Supa Sounds is offering a free “Kwik Sound FX pack” and a special discount to both paid and non paid users (just email metric@supasounds.net, mentioning you are Kwik user). In order to download it, access https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ll7cu8xbh85ziim/zprQgrmoPc/Kwik%20Sound%20FX%20Pack.zip. For Kwik’s paid users, Supa Sounds is also providing several high quality music loops for free. Instructions of how to download it will…

Near Humanity – a project you should know about. Interview with Xavier Bottet

Few months ago, Xavier invited me for a private session of a project he was planning to start. The moment I saw the first images I got sold. This is going to be big, I thought. Now it is time to share it with more people. In fact, more than just know about the project, you can help it to be produced. Take a cup/glass of your favorite drink and enjoy the interview. UPDATE 5/8/13: An intro app for the saga is already available for iPad. Check that at: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/nearhumanitynews/id643325144?mt=8 If you are willing to help, check the official page at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/near-humanity-the-motion-comics   Tell us a little bit about yourself and your…

Corona SDK Starter, Adobe Creative Cloud and Kwik 2.3

Many times I answer questions like, “Can Kwik work with GIMP, Photoshop Elements or Fireworks? I cannot afford Photoshop,” or “Does Kwik need the paid version of Corona SDK to publish?” More than looking for different options, people were usually concerned about the costs of the final solution. Until a few months ago, willing to develop your own apps with Kwik would cost you close to a thousand dollars (besides Kwik, users needed to pay a full license of Photoshop, plus a Indie or Pro version of Corona SDK), which added a barrier to those that were not confident they could get their money back in sales revenue. The risks…

Improving your work, training with the best

I am a believer that there is always space for improvement (in our lives, skills, and so on). Of course this applies to Kwik made apps. In a previous posting, I mentioned that quality is one of the top reasons for successful positions into store rankings. Thinking about that, I partnered with Folio Academy and Will Terry, one of the top children’s book illustrators in the world, to provide quality instruction to anyone willing to improve illustration and painting skills with Photoshop. Will’s life’s goal was to become a children’s book illustrator, and to date, he has illustrated over 25 children’s books with great publishers like Scholastic, Random House, Leap…

Version 2.3 is cooking…

Today I started to code version 2.3. I spent a lot of time categorizing all the suggestions (if you have your own, feel free to submit it here) with my own list (for your info, there are almost one hundred tasks in the complete list) and deciding what will make 2.3 cut. With more and more people willing to extend our plugin’s native options, I am focusing on benefits for individual and teams adding external code into Kwik. By the way, the fact of a feature not coming in this version does not mean that it will not come in a future release. However, it is also important to understand…

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