Hindu Press International is a popular blog which aggregates key news items. The editors have been provided with a very lean, simple desk top app written in LiveCode. It helps them get their job done without having to know anything about HTML, FTP or other web technologies. They simply enter stories into a single field and the application parses the stories, generates the blog post, and pushes the post to the web server where it's instantly on line.
28 February 2013
27 February 2013
Obleo Beck used LiveCode to develop Image Blender, a digital imaging tool for adding imaging frames, edges, image effects and more. It lets you add the finishing touch to make your images really snap with professional quality.
26 February 2013
Chris Sheffield, with a little help from Scott Rossi, used LiveCode to develop One Minute Reader for Read Naturally, Inc.. It's an iPad app that provides learners a structured reading programme that applies research-based principles to keep them on track. Its engaging content helps them develop reading fluency, enhances their vocabulary and promotes comprehension.
25 February 2013
24 February 2013
Ludovic Thébault used LiveCode to build and then pull together a compendium of educational apps. It covers learning letters, the keyboard, mathematical operations, conjugating verbs and much more.
23 February 2013
Andy Piddock is working on an Android Quotation, Job tracking, Invoicing and Reporting app. Written in LiveCode, it syncs to an online MySQL database and has a web based admin panel for employers to push jobs to their workers out in the field.
22 February 2013
James Hale is developing a search and annotation tool for ePubs in LiveCode. It will be just like getting all your ePub books indexed even when the book doesn't have an index itself.
21 February 2013
20 February 2013
19 February 2013
Obleo Beck used LiveCode to develop File Mutation Pro which allows you to fully manage your files on a Mac. It moves, copies, cleans and organises folders of files, archive files to disk image and zip archives.
If that wasn't enough, it also allows you to change file meta data, convert and process images, convert images, audio, videos, web archives and documents. It does all of its work quietly in the background.
Randy Hengst teaches in the Education Department at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. I'll let him explain:
"All our students who are majoring in elementary education have iPads. They help develop ideas for new apps or ideas for ways to update existing apps. They work with kindergarten students using our apps as part of their experience in schools while taking our methods courses. The cool thing about LiveCode is how quickly I can make an app for them to use… sometimes it's literally within days of when they share their ideas."
Here's just three of the apps.
Add Sub K-2
Practice Addition facts through 10 and Subtraction facts up to 20 minus 10. Adjust the addends separately for your problems in the a+b=c form. Make separate selections for the minuend and subtrahend when solving a-b=c problems.
You may also select to use three addends in the form of a+b+c=x+y or a+b+c=x. A subtraction option for a-b=x-y is also provided.
10 Frame Fill
Provides children practice with recognizing additive "10 Families" (e.g., 1 and 9, 2 and 8, etc.). Set the 10 Frame to fill in sequence or randomly. Use contrasting color chips to fill the 10 frame as you determine the answer.
Line 'em Up
Designed to promote kindergarteners' mastery of number order. This app replicates a simple classroom activity in which children place number tiles, 1-100, in order from least to greatest.
Have you ever shot a video with your digital camera in landscape orientation? I have. You can only watch it by turning your head 90º!
Obleo Beck used LiveCode to come up with a solution. His Movie Whirl is a video tool for editing video that was exported from digital (still) cameras. Not only can it rotate a video that was shot in portrait to landscape, it can also flip, export a single image from a video frame and convert video formats.
18 February 2013
Dave Kilroy was asked to create something that would help people decide how money should be invested in a local area, the choices were to invest funds in:
17 February 2013
Paul Hibbert recently attended a boating course, I'll let him tell the story.
"During the boating course they taught how to do chart plotting calculations manually using a regular calculator. The potential for a LiveCode app to make life easier soon became obvious, so after an evening of playing around with some code I came up with a nautical calculator app on my PC.
The next stage was getting the app onto my iPhone. The LiveCode Mobile Development Beginners Guide by Colin Holgate was an invaluable resource, it just took away all the uncertainty and answered all of the questions I came up against.
After a few more evenings reading Colin's book, the app was on my iPhone ready for the next boating lesson, my homework was a breeze after that and I passed the course with ease."
Michael Lew, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne, developed a range of simulators in LiveCode for university student practicals that can be used instead of feeding drugs to animals. This one is an agonist concentration-reponse curve simulator.
Jacqueline Landman Gay's business is programming with LiveCode and usually she's working on client projects. She also uses LiveCode to produce small utilities that are quick to make and solve some little personal need.
For instance, she uses a lot of tiled images in different projects. She wrote this quick utility in LiveCode to select an image and see how it looks when it's tiled. The whole working part of the app is only 8 lines of code.
Phil Davis built a training manager app that is used to create training accounts, generate licensing, track usage, set training account permissions and training features, and manage training titles. All the data it manages is in the cloud. The "cloud" server code is all LiveCode.
"I can drag and drop students to different seats, tap on seats to take attendance, grade assignments while I walk around the room, print seating charts for substitutes and many other time-saving tasks. I could not imagine doing this very easily in any other language."
Michael Lew, senior lecturer in pharmacology at the University of Melbourne, used LiveCode to develop a simulator to teach medical and veterinary students about the movement of anaesthetics around the body.
A division of one of the world's most prestigious watch makers asked Simon Asato to help them streamline their distribution of promotional materials to retailers. They wanted the retail shops to be able to order displays, posters, duratrans etc. from a single source. He used LiveCode to build an app that shows current visual campaigns and allows retailers to place orders either via email or print to pdf. The app runs on multiple devices. This is what it looks like on an iPad.
Thomas McGrath III developed "Minspeak Story Time" for iPads in LiveCode. It tells the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears using the Minspeak Language used in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.
Andy Piddock's client wanted an easy way for their customers to send large files to them. He developed a custom FTP client application using LiveCode for them. The users can simply drag & drop the files onto the app and, with one click, upload them to Andy's customer's server. Andy built-in the necessary measures to secure the application. The application even sends his customer an email once it has sent the files to the server.
Michael Lew, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne, makes extensive use of LiveCode. That includes making it easier to calculate statistical summaries such as confidence intervals.
He also uses LiveCode to simplify his administrative tasks.
Michael told me "Without Livecode my job would be harder and my students would think me boring."
Thomas McGrath III used LiveCode to create an iPad App that teaches people how to use the Minspeak Icons used in the Unity language on Prentke Romich Corporation devices.
Andy Piddock wanted a better colour picker to use when he was developing web pages. He wrote one in LiveCode for his own use. His colleagues and friends kept asking him where they could get a copy, so he made available, free of charge at Point and See.
Phil Davis built a complete training content development and delivery system in LiveCode for a client. The "Builder" app is used to create interactive training in any of several human languages with text, movies, images and audio.
The training content is delivered through a desktop training app for people who may not have an internet connection.
The content can be delivered through the browser to people who have an internet connection.
Phil commented "There is no way on earth my client could have afforded to fund the development of this system were it not for LiveCode!"