I just heard from Calvin, a reader of my iOS Game Programming with Xcode and Cocos2d book that after cracking the whip on himself to read the entire thing, he developed the Cupcake Kid which is now in the App Store. Click the pic to visit it in the store now. Good job Calvin, and thanks for sharing!
Happy 2013 Everyone!
Yesterday I mailed this same announcement out to the CartoonSmart newsletter base, and hopefully I’ll catch a few of the same readers again with a couple small corrections/clarifications.
But first, I created a possibly finished, possibly unfinished iBook/PDF Book which is 100% free right now. It’s 70 pages of instruction and depending on which version you download, either contains or links to over 2 hours of video tutorials on a start-to-finish Motion Posters project in Flash CS6. Normally this is the type of thing CartoonSmart would sell since I do have to justify spending my time on something that pays a few bills. Except, I want this new format of Part-Book, Part Video to have a bit more “reach” than a handful of buyers so I’m making this totally free for now. There’s no catch, nothing to sign up for. No buy-up option or in-app purchase inside of the book as it is now.
When I write a few more chapters in this How to Fake Great Animation series , I might add them to this book OR maybe upload it to the iBookstore as is and keep it free as an intro to a longer series. I haven’t decided. If anyone I emailed yesterday was confused by whether or not this was a free finished book or free preview of something longer, I want to clarify that I’m honestly undecided. But regardless, its still free. And if you like it, and want to buy more of the same, you simply can’t right now because thats all there is for now. Sorry for the confusion though.
Also I had no idea Firefox didn’t support mp4 files. Whoops. I spent quite some time last night reading up the history on that. And royalty fees the browsers will one day pay to use mp4. And HTML5 video, and all sorts of techie drama. So anyway, for anyone reading the PDF version of the book and clicking to watch the example videos online, there’s now two options available: .mp4 and .mov. If you’e using Firefox, the first option won’t work. At least for the foreseeable future.
Anyway, if you read all this, thanks! If not, here’s the important part: check out this new tutorial and format! I’m excited about it, so I hope you are too!
She’s finally ready! My first book! I mean CartoonSmart’s first book. Ah, heck, I am CartoonSmart. The machine and me are one (wait, isn’t that from Iron Man?) =)
If you want more of a preview you can click below, or if you’ve been waiting months upon months for this, here’s the link to it in the iBookstore. The book is 413 pages AND counting. I can add more to this at anytime, and past buyers will get notified in their iBook app that there’s an update. YUP! That’s the future of books, folks. Always update-able! It might not make sense for Stephen King, but for code authors it’s pretty darn perfect.
Also for anyone lucky enough to be using an iPad 3 or newer, the images are Retina display-ready, so they look pretty darn beautiful. Even that fugly green-haired looking punk kid eating onion rings looks polished.
I hope you enjoy it! Oh and the first 4 chapters (122 pages) are FREE! So you can definitely try before you buy.
I dunno. Because neither of us will probably ever see one. But how about a CartoonSmart iBook??… you can read one today!
Well part of one. Last Wednesday (so one week ago) I decided to really explore iBooks Author. It is the most intuitive program I’ve ever used. Like most of Apple’s consumer software, without any help I was able to create and publish within no time. And what I made in an hour was inspiring. Granted all I did at that point was modify one of the templates, but seeing it published to my iPad spurred a ton of ideas. Here’s what’s so cool (and completely different from making Apps)…
- Without creating any kind of developer profile or signing up for stuff, I was able to publish the book to my iPad. All you do is plug in the device and open iBooks (download the latest version though). As any of my iOS development students know, this is absolutely not the case making an App. One of the toughest things about being a developer is one of the first steps, getting the app on the darn device. Put it this way, iBooks is basically a jail-broken format.
- If bullet point 1 up there didn’t wow you, well check this out… I can distribute what I created today AND without any official permission or review from Apple. In fact, I’ll give you two chapters of what I put together this week. The only catch, and it isn’t much of one, I can’t sell you something in the iBooks format. To do that, I would need to distribute through Apple. But for right now, I’m just excited I can give this to you for free. Again, that’s completely different than the uphill battle you face distributing an App for free.
So to stress-test iBooks (and stress my ability to convey knowledge via written word) I wrote two chapters of an iOS programming book. Its 140MB, because I’ve included about 30 minutes of videos inside the book. How cool is that?!
Here’s how you can get this work-in-progress:
- If you’re on an iPad reading this now you can open the iBooks file directly. Just be sure you have the latest version of iBooks already. Click this link. It will show a blue loading bar in the URL window, then once downloaded it will prompt you to open the book in iBooks.
- You can download a zip file with the .ibooks format. Click this link. The zip will download, open it. A file called cartoonsmart.ibooks will be there. Drop that into iTunes. In your Library, you should see it under Books. Then when you connect your iPad to iTunes, you should see the book in your Books tab ready to sync up. If you don’t, again, make sure you have the latest version of iBooks.
If you don’t have an iPad, eeeeekk, that stinks. But don’t worry, I won’t be making only iBooks from here on out. This was just something I wanted to test out. We still have plenty of video courses ahead. Check out this format though, and tell me what you think.