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Update on Kwik and other things…

First of all, I would like to share my discomfort with the lack of updates on Kwik. Many of you are patiently (other not so much :)) waiting for the Storyboard integration that seems never get alive from Corona Labs. The last info I have says it is coming in a near Daily Build (meaning only Corona Pro users will get access to it first). Unfortunately no dates are set for that yet. The good news is Corona just released their latest Public Build (2013.2076) and, probably they will work the beta testing of the new Storyboard in the next daily builds. Fingers crossed! Although I can’t do much about Corona Lab’s decision, I would like to inform you that Kwik is ready for Storyboard…

App of the Month: Have You Heard

October brought several great apps, including the Bean’s series, education 123 da Gabi, the funny I Feel Super and two new adventures from August App of the Month winner François Walter. Congratulations to all submissions and thanks for keep trusting in Kwik to share your passion with others! We are happy to announce that Have You Head, by Yoozoo Books, is the winner of our contest in October! Have you Heard is an incredible storybook which shares what happens when (words from the author) Farmer Blue came clattered off past Peko on his way into town to pick up a few things. But when Peko tries to tell Summer what those few things were, he gets them all mixed up. Summer does the same when she…

Update on Kwik

Some of you have reached me directly, asking about when the publishing process will export code for the new Storyboard API. Others have asked about integration with the recently announced Graphics 2.0 features from Corona SDK. Unfortunately I still don’t have many answers but I would like to update you on the things I know already. Storyboard API I have been working directly with Corona’s main developer here. Until the previous internal beta, almost everything was working fine with Kwik (only issues we had were with timer disposal and refreshing on coloring pages). However, I was informed that he managed to fix them but had to change a few other things. We are going to talk about these changes in the next days. After that,…

Kwiksher sponsored Japanese contest

Our friend Yamamoto san shares the news from the Casual game and Digital Interactive book contest, that was held in Tokyo, 23rd September, 2013 organized by ContentsOne Inc and Multimedia School Wave. Below, his words on the event and the winners. The sponsors are mainly Japanese companies such as Biglobe(NEC), IDC Frontier, Appiaries, SmartCanvas, etc and the two companies in the USA that were Corona Labs and Kwiksher!  The official Tolemo contest site: http://www.contents-one.co.jp/tolemo_contest/ What interesting about the contest was that it did not make it separate the categories like casual games and digital interactive books. Games and Books were playing in the same section how much appealing to users. It was a summer contest and there were about 100 titles gathered to win prizes like Macbook Air,…

App of the Month: Monsters vs Robots

Only 3 apps were submitted to Kwiksher’s Showcase in September but, the quality keeps impressing us! Congratulations to all submissions! Monsters vs Robots, by Amora Leite, is a a beautiful storybook in 2 different languages, incredible illustrations, lots of puzzles and funny interactions from the the splash screen to the last scene. Really cute characters and a good story flow. By the way, if you want to know a bit more on how he did it, check our interview here. As the reward, the app will receive a review/rating from Digital Storytime. When it is done, we will share the link with our community. Congratulations Leonardo!

A New Time Has Begun

Today we start “the subscription era” at Kwiksher. After more than two years selling Kwik in a perpetual license model, it is time to follow the industry and move on into the subscription model. I do recognize that subscriptions may not be the preferred model for many of you, after all we are so accustomed with the traditional “buy once and use until it is possible to use”. Although this approach still work for most software, this not fit the mobile area and, consequently, Kwik. Not trying to bother anyone with technical details, fact is Kwik is a code generator for Corona, which is a code generator for Objective-C and Java. If anything changes at the end of the chain (and Apple/Google keep changing things to…

Announcing the “new” Kwik

Few hours ago, I just announced Kwik version 3, from now on, simply called Kwik (check the video below for the full session), I think it is important to write a few words on the things we have discussed in the event. What is new? When I first blogged about Kwik “Next”, I mentioned the three main development goals: Better code infrastructure: meaning access to the latest benefits of Lua and Corona (the engine behind Kwik), no more limitations regarding project and variable sizes and improved performance. Kwik will use Corona’s new Storyboard API (currently in development/testing), which has a much better memory handling and performance management; Ease of Use, Better User Experience: this was my main focus in the past months. Making sure the learn…

App of the Month: Zala and the Treasure Cave

Although August brought us just a few apps made with Kwik, we have to say their quality was amazing. Congratulations to all submissions! As September will be a huge month for us (wait a few of hours to get our newsletter and you will know what we are talking about), we decided to anticipate the news regarding the App of the Month Award. Zala and the Treasure Cave, by LogiTales, is a masterpiece that every 3D/motion graphics fans must have in their apps library. From models to rendering, to transitions between video and interactions, the storybook (should we call it a storybook?) is really well done, with a great story behind. The app was even winner of past week’s Corona Labs App of the Week…

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