updated 07:05 pm EDT, Mon September 27, 2010
Revamp offers new iOS development environment
Runtime Revolution has dropped the "Revolution" moniker from its self-described "HyperCard descended" cross-platform rapid development environment and updated it under a new name, LiveCode. The new version offers several new features and improvements, as well as the debut of an all-new deployment pack for iOS development.
The platform boasts a natural-language, English-like structure that offers easily understandable code and allows for instant runtime testing without waiting for a program to compile; users can even make changes to the interface or code while the application is running. The iOS deployment pack, included with the basic package, adds support for shake motion detection, multi-touch, accelerometer, photo pickers, orientation, core location and sending email. It is suitable for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch app development, and apps written for one platform can be easily adapted to others.
The company also offers separately-priced deployment packs for Windows Mobile, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and options for deploying web-based applications for Windows, Mac and Linux.
New to this latest version (officially numbered v4.5) is printing to PDF and color cursor options, as well as image export improvements and what the company describes as "hundreds" of under-the-hood and minor tweaks.
The software starts at $99 for a one-seat, personal-use license, which includes the new iOS deployment environment.