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PencilCase does HyperCard-style iOS app creation

updated 01:09 pm EDT, Thu March 27, 2014

Tool aimed at non-developers

Robots & Pencils has announced PencilCase, a new platform for developing and publishing iOS apps. The technology is loosely based on Apple's now-defunct HyperCard, and is aimed at non-developers. Along those lines, it uses a drag-and-drop interface for inserting UI elements, animations, 3D models and physics. An included Javascript engine can be used to insert manual code where needed.

Apps created with PencilCase emerge in Objective-C; users can also choose to wrap HTML5 apps as native apps. For publishing purposes PencilCase incorporates a feature called AppDrop, which lets organizations setup and distribute apps through a private app store, including categories and highlighted titles. AppDrop requires a $299 annual Apple Enterprise license.

PencilCase as a whole is expected to debut later this year. It can be pre-ordered for $119; special professional and corporate tiers are also in effect.

by MacNN Staff



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