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Christmas came early! Unity iPhone 1.5 ships!

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Can’t even begin to describe how excited I am that Unity 1.5 is hot off the press. We’ve been waiting all summer for this and now it’s here. Lot’s of improvements and new additions including:

Significant Performance Boosts
* Up to 3x faster than 1.0.3.
* Performance critical paths rewritten to take advantage of VFP coprocessor, animation skinning is up to 4x faster.
* Automatic batching of meshes to reduce draw calls.

Built-in Anti-piracy Protection
* Identify if Apple DRM was removed from the application bundle and modify application behaviour accordingly.

More Power
* Full support for native Objective C and C++ code opens full access to the iPhone 3.x APIs and custom plugins.
* Access to video-playback, on screen keyboard support, and GPS/location services.
* Support for 8-texture shading on iPhone 3GS with automatic fallbacks for iPhone 3G.

Better Docs
* Detailed instructions on iphone-specific optimizations.
* New 150 page tutorial to get you up to speed with iPhone game making.

We are particularly excited about the Objective-c and C++ bridge as we’ll now be able to tap the entire raw SDK and team it up with the full power of Unity. The only limit is our own imagination now!

For all the details check out http://unity3d.com/unity/whats-new/iphone-1.5

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Unity 3D iPhone 1.1 coming next week!

August 19, 2009 1 comment

Straight from Tom Higgins himself! I’m very excited about this release as it will allow for bridging Unity with the rest of the iPhone SDK. We do both Unity iPhone and raw SDK iPhone dev a Ethical Entertainment, so this gives us a lot of new options and power that has been off limits up until now.

Check it out one twitter at http://twitter.com/higgyb.

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Have a new iPhone / iTouch? Get a Case!

August 9, 2009 Leave a comment

I just bought a new iPhone 3GS a few weeks ago, and I didn’t grab a case for it right away because to be honest, none of the cases in the store really blew my hair back.

Well after dropping my new baby about 3 times on the concrete and getting getting off easy with only a little scratch I quickly re-evaluated my priorities. I thought it might really be a good idea to protect my $700+ investment before it’s too late.

I also have an iPod Touch at home for the kids, and if you’re a parent, you’ll want to protect this too. Surprisingly it’s kind of hard to find cool cases for kids, so maybe some budding designers out there will remedy this situation. I kinda thought this Julius case was not bad though.

For my iPhone I ended up going with a Roots leather case with a belt clip, which has worked out pretty good so for and cost about $20. Even if all you do is get one of the jelly cases, this is better than nothing and offers some level of protection from being dropped.

On the extreme end of things I found these online, and they might be worth a look.


OtterBox for iPod Touch

and

OtterBox for iPhone

So if you don’t have a case yet, get one asap, before it’s too late.

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Tales From The Frontline – Making the time to work out

August 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Since, I was on vacation for the past 9 days, I must admit, I let my fitness regime slide a bit. Easy to fall off the wagon, but easy to get back on, if you don’t leave it to long.

I also admit that in the past, when things were really busy, which was pretty much all the time, working out got demoted to a pretty low priority. The problem with this thinking is that when you’re running a business, especially a high tech start-up like ours, there won’t ever be any time unless you make it.

So earlier this summer my business partner Mike and I decided that we’d start getting up around 6:30 and meet before work to workout. The first week was a bit of a challenge, but I’ve got two young kids at home, so I was a little easier for me to wake up early than it was for Mike.

I actually really enjoy getting up earlier now because in addition to ensuring I get some exercise in, I also find I have more time to prepare for my day and get organized before business hours start. It’s also strangely quite at this hour, which doesn’t happen to often when you have 2 kids in your house.

We usually workout for about 45 minutes to an hour and we try and switch things up between the weight room and cardio activities like walking and biking.

Being a programmer, I’m working on some pretty “rocket science” type stuff a lot of the time and I definitely feel the extra shot of energy and brainpower a morning workout gives me. There is actually a lot of research showing exercise boots brain power.

Mike is a avid snowboarder, so he’s working on getting in shape for the upcoming ski season. I’m interested a bit more in strength training right now since I get quite a bit of cardio hiking and walking around the North Shore. I also avoid driving whenever possible and try and do things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible.

If you’re in the same boat that we were, try waking up a little earlier and starting off your day with your workout, I think you’ll find it makes a huge difference!

Comp 3906 iPhone Application Development at BCIT

August 5, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a part-time course at BCIT in September called Comp 3906. The course is a hands on, practical guide to programming for the iPhone and is designed for people with previous programming experience who want to start programming for the iPhone.

Unlike other courses, students will program and run their projects on their own iPhone/iPod touch and not just the simulator.

After almost a year of experience developing for the iPhone, building to the device is the only reliable way to really know if your code is going to run properly and seeing how it will perform, sorry, the simulator just doesn’t cut it.

Check out the course blog located at comp3906.wordpress.com or follow our progress on www.twitter.com/comp3906.

For more info on the course check out:

http://www.bcit.ca/study/courses/comp3906