Developers were few and in demand and they worked on Cobol, Clipper and xBase systems. There were the other hard core developers that used Unix systems. Then came the whole lot of visual programming and home PC's that made development simpler and accessible to many more. Soon after the hype of planes falling out of the skies, etc were over, people started to work on hardware and then came the revolution, Apple shifting from the PowerPC architecture to Intel and the launch of iPod/iPhones. They opened up a new market and a portal for developers, I say portal coz suddenly the number of developers just grew exponentially.
Despite the number of growing developers, the struggle they faced was to learn using XCode and Objective-C. This turned away a lot of designers, they did not want to learn a programming language, they were happy with designing and creating an experience but did not want to dirty their hands with code. A lot of companies caught on to this GAP and brought in tools for designers to create apps without learning to code.
One such team was Ansca Mobile, our sponsors for the month. They brought us Corona SDK, a wonderful framework (still evolving) that allows for some wonderful creations. The most prominent one being Bubble Ball from Robert Nay.
However, even when Corona SDK is so easy to use and create apps, the apparent lack of an IDE, a Code Editor, and other features (which could fill up the page) leaves a gap to be filled. That is where our app for this review comes in, J A Whye another Corona enthusiast and a writer faced with his own frustration of managing the projects set upon building Corona Project Manager. We know this as we were in touch with the developer while the app was being created. Today it stands at version 2.0
Some of the main features that make Corona Project Manager so indispensable are
1. Asset Collation - Put all your sound, graphics, and code from whichever directory to be available to the project
2. Asset Aliasing - To change a graphic, you do not have to play with the code, but just disable the graphic in the project list and add the new graphic and alias it with the name of the graphic you disabled, that's all, the graphic is changed. Want to switch back, disable the new graphic and enable the old graphic. The author prefers to call this Dynamic Assets.
3. Code and Syntax highlighting - The Code is syntax highlighted and displayed in the preview for quick review of the code.
4. Inclusion of Libraries
5. Skeleton Code module to get you started - The Config and Build files are generated and so is a blank main.lua file
6. Filtering - Sometimes when you have many files it does get a bit confusing to use, the filters function allows to view only the type of files that you want to see, at the moment the filters are Code, Graphics and Music
7. Samples - you can drag drop sample code onto the CPM window and if this gets in the way, you can simply hide the sample projects from the sidebar.
You can get Corona Project Manager for $75 from http://coronaprojectmanager.com/download.html and you also get a 60 day period in case you decide that this is not the product for you to return it back for a full refund, no questions asked. If you are a Windows User, Corona Project Manager is also available the Windows.
We are giving away a free copy of Corona Project Manager, one for Windows and one for the Mac, so if you want one, follow these simple steps
1. Follow @whatsin4me on twitter and retweet the message "To win a free copy of Corona Project Manager from @jawhye follow @whatsin4me and RT this"
2. Like our facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/pages/ReviewMe/137640632964588?v=wall and post a comment under the review that you want to win a copy of this software.
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