December 16, 2015 in OS X Development (E)
[prMac.com] Parma, Italy - Creolabs is proud to announce the opening of the beta test of Creo, their modern design and development tool for Mac OS X. Creo combines both phases of the development process into one easy-to-use tool. App creation is normally split into two phases - with designers using a prototyping layout tool to create the interface, and developers using native development tools to create the code that powers the designer's interface - Creo merges those two worlds into a single tool that allows users to concentrate on creating their app, not on the development process.
Creo offers drag-and-drop controls, classes, and objects that allow anyone to build their app's navigation and features with just a few clicks of their mouse. While building the app's interface, the user is also effectively building a native app. Creo uses Creolabs CreoKIT Objective-C/Swift native framework that enables Creo to execute any iOS, (and coming soon: Android), code on the Mac. The method offers a way to preview your running code directly in the Creo app.
While Creo offers an easy way to preview mobile application code on the Mac, it also offers a native iOS app that can run the Creo code developed on the Mac, so developers can get a true feel for how their code will look on the target device. Testing Creo apps directly on a mobile device is as simple as making sure both the mobile device and the Mac are on the same network, running the Creo player app on the mobile device, and pressing the "Send" key on the Mac app. The app transfers to the device, and runs as any native mobile app normally would.
"Designing and developing mobile apps with traditional tools has always been an involved and time consuming process," says Marco Bambini, founder of Creolabs. "With Creo, we have invented a better development tool that streamlines the app development process. By allowing users to combine the design and code process into one workflow, we are enhancing their app development methodology."
Creo developed the CreoKIT framework to allow the execution of iOS and Android code on a Mac without making any major changes. The framework allows developers to design and develop their apps, and then immediately test them directly on their Mac. The CreoKIT framework is also available for licensing as a standalone product for developers, offering a way for them to easily port their mobile apps to the Mac in just a few minutes.
"We didn't want to reinvent the wheel, but we knew we needed a way for the Creo development tool to execute mobile code on the Mac," adds Marco. "We knew we needed to come up with a way to merge design with code to give developers the ability to preview the app directly on their Mac, that's when CreoKIT was born."
The initial development phase of Creo is nearing an end, and Creolabs is ready for beta testers to take their new development tool for a test drive. Mac users who are running Mac OS X 10.10 or higher are welcome to apply to become a beta tester of Creo. Creolabs invites both app designers and developers to test the new tool, as the company would appreciate feedback from both types of prospective users.
* Mac OS X 10.10 or higher
* 64-bit Processor
* 114.5 MB
Interested parties who would like to join the beta test of Creo are invited to visit the Creo Beta Signup website and enter their email address to claim their place in the beta applicant queue. Due to a very high demand, Creolabs was forced to setup a private beta test, and put a waiting list in place. Applicants will be notified once a slot in the beta becomes available.
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