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It’s not about features…

Last week, two apps made with Kwik were awarded by two different sources. Their success not only make me proud for, somehow, being part of their stories but mostly because they are a clear examples that, having (or not) feature A or B is not the most important thing when you have a good story to tell. Every day I receive several requests about “missing feature A” or “feature B should do more than which it currently does”, etc. Last month I was in some meetups with Carlos Icaza and he mentioned in his sessions about the “benefits” of not having all 5,000 APIs provided by iOS SDK into Corona. He reminded us that with “only 500 APIs”, people have done amazing things. Less, sometimes,…

Few words about Apple’s iBook Author

Yesterday’s announcement from Apple, of a tool for the creation of iBooks, generated so many news, postings, tweets and even a blog from Carlos (Ansca co-founder): http://blog.anscamobile.com/2012/01/corona-sdk-for-ebooks-because-education-isnt-a-mac-only-privilege/. A few Kwik users sent me emails asking me to talk about it and how it (may) affects the further development of the plugin. My thoughts (trying not to be biased) below. iBook Author brings a couple of nice features that will capture the attention of many users (some Kwik users as well). Some reasons for that include: It opens a new platform for delivery of stories; Seems to be much easier to setup and publish to iBook store than app store (no certificates, etc); It’s an all-in-one package (no other tools in the process, what you see…

Learnings from 2011

Happy New Year to you all! In this first posting of the year I would like to share the 6 top learnings I had while developing/improving Kwik. Hope you enjoy and provide your comments (agreeing or disagreeing): 6. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE YOUR PRODUCT As I mentioned in my first post at this site (Why the world needs Kwik?), the original idea for Kwik was much far from what the current product is. Honestly, although I was expecting to get success with the plugin, I was not expecting the huge amount of users in just few weeks. Fact is, I underestimate the product I was building. Suddenly I had to review my hosting and online marketing payment plans and had to find time and money to add…

Holiday’s gift!

First of all, I sincerely wish you are having a great holiday’s days and an amazing 2012! For me, 2011 was an interesting year, with Kwik reaching downloads that I never expected when I stated to code it. Thanks to you all, the product is maturing and (I hope) getting better and better each version. Due your support and recent comments that your apps are sometimes bigger than you expected (especially for Android markets), I decided to give you a end of year gift with version 1.8.1 (just uploaded): a new feature under the Tools panel, called Export layer as JPG. Any time you have a layer that does not need transparency (a background, for example), simply select the layer and press the new button….

Welcome, bienvenido, bienvenu, willkommen Kwik 1.8!

As announced last week in the newsletter, version 1.8 is live now! As part of my commitment to all of you, I have announced the features and even blogged about some of them. Here goes the final list of new resources you have now into Kwik: Multi-language: The past blogs showed how to use the new feature. This is a major one, requested since the beginning of Kwik. It took a while to me to figure out how to design it in an easier way (please send me your feedback) but I am pretty confident this is as simple as possible to do in Photoshop; Canvas interaction: The simplest way to create coloring/painting activities. Another top requested feature from storybook authors. If you missed the…

Creating a multi-language project with Kwik – Part 3

In the past tutorials, we checked how to configure a multi-language project and how to setup images and audio. In this posting, I will cover how to defined animations and buttons. Working with animations First of all, I created a simple linear animation for the kwkwitch layer (the witch in black, which needs to appear only in the English version of the storybook. These are the parameters I set: Still in the same layer, I used the Tools->Set language to a layer button and created a new group: After that, I selected the layer witchspa (the witch in white, to show up only in the Spanish version). Without creating a new animation for it (this witch will “consume” the same animation from its counterpart kwkwitch),…

Creating a multi-language project with Kwik – Part 2

In the past tutorial, I setup the project for a multi-language experience. In this posting, I will teach how to configure images (layers) and audio to just show up when the corrected language is selected. Adding audio files to the project In page2, there is a line of text (for each language) that needs to be associated with an audio file. In order to enable multi-language to audio, name it audio with the same name. For example, if you have an audio called narration.mp3, name it eng_narration.mp3 for the English version and spa_narration.mp3, for the Spanish version. After renaming my audio files to the correct setup, I am ready to import them, using the Pages->Add Audio option. It will open the following window: Browse to…

Creating a multi-language project with Kwik – Part 1

Multi-language ability is one of the top requests from (mostly) international Kwik users.  As the development goes on for version 1.8, I would like to provide this tutorial, enabling the interested ones to get ready for this new useful resource (design once, have it in multiple languages with a few clicks). Remember this is not a final version yet so, minor changes may appear before the beta-testing and final version launch. At the end of this tutorial, you will be able to have a project like this: Analyzing the project First I created a regular Book project and designed page1 like this: Checking the LAYERS panel you see: kwkcover is the background used in all pages (originally it was name cover, and then I applied…

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