Starling Stress Test
The other day while working on a project we needed to gauge the speed of AIR on mobile, and to do so we created a stress test to see just how fast the latest AIR 3.6 SDK was. We created a small AIR application using Starling and decided to share it with the community. The application creates 1000 particles which are emitted by two emitters, one produces 500 Cowlorful Cows and the other 500 GrindheadGames logos. It seems to run at a solid 30FPS on a Samsung Galaxy S3 and an Apple 4S, however we would love to hear performance reports from other mobile devices, so please leave a comment if run the test yourselves.
We have made a zip folder for the Starling Benchmark so that you can download the code and run it yourself. Instructions are included how to get the project to compile, but leave a comment if you get stuck. There is also a precompiled APK in the build folder, so you can run the test on Android without having to compile if you want to. You will have to set up development certificates to get the application to compile for iOS, there is no precompiled file for the platform included.
We created used the Starling framework and the Particles extension to run this, make sure you add them to the source path to build the project.
The Cloud Desktop Mobile
We created a HTML5 website for Sky owned WIFI service The Cloud with RPM that was targeted for mobile browsers. The website had to display well on tablets and phones, supporting both iOS and Android. The project was promoted in several London underground stations and a was prize offered to users who completed a questionnaire.
The Cloud on Tablets
Magic Baby Books is a new application for the Android mobile platform currently in development, created for babies. Magic Baby Books itself is a application that houses several books, that introduce children to different animals in a creative and exciting way. The first magical book in the series is Animal Farm, and features this cool looking horse!
Working on the artwork for the project is Ewan Brock. He is a great designer as you can see, and his style fits the audience really well. Ewan is a proud new father, so has a great critic of his work at home!
Also working on the project is Jon Bishop: the man making things happen. The idea for Magic Baby Books is Jons, born from the fact that the Android store is devoid of high quality apps for his Son, and realising how much babies enjoy playing with colourful apps on touch screen devices.
Magic Baby Books: Animal Farm will be released in the new year on the Android platform. To keep up to date with news and to get involved with the development, ‘like’ Magic Baby Books on Facebook, follow MagicBabyBooks on Twitter and have a look at the Magic Baby Books website.
Craig sporting a Movember!
If you are interested in porting your Flash content to the newly released Playbook, or you want to make content for any of Blackberrys handsets, then you need signing keys to be able to do so. Apple currently charge developers $100 a year for access to their app store, however Blackberry are currently giving the keys away for free in a bid to increase the amount of content on their store. Even if you have no immediate plans to create content for either their mobile or tablet products, it still makes good sense to pick up some keys for them while they are free.
Get Blackberry Playbook and Mobile device signing keys for free at https://www.blackberry.com/SignedKeys/.