Monday, August 3, 2009

iSimulate

One of the difficult aspects of making an iPhone program is marketing it. One thing that helps is a professional quality video of the program in action. This is especially true for games. However, since the iPhone Simulator doesn't have access to the accelerometer, camera, or the full capabilities of the multi-touch screen, it can be difficult to get a professional looking video.

iSimulate (App Store Link) is a great option for developers. It's a standalone program that runs on your iPhone that will send the inputs from the iPhone to the simulator. This means you can run a program in your simulator and control it by touching or tilting your actual phone. This allows you to use a screen capture program to capture flawless video, even if your program uses features not available on the simulator.

Right now, you can get iSimulate for $3.99, but only for today. Tomorrow, the prices rises to $7.99 until August 8, then increases to $15.99, until August 16 when it reaches its full price of $31.99. Although $32 is still a small price to pay to get a professional quality video, if you're interested in the program, you can save yourself some money by buying now.



10 comments:

Naim said...

Great tip, thanks. I've been thinking about doing something like this myself; now I can spend more time on developing my own apps!

woolyninja said...

Has anyone tried this yet to see how well it works? I'd like to hear a quick review or two before I throw any money down.

Lars said...

Not that sophisticated but an useful alternative: http://code.google.com/p/accelerometer-simulator/

Mike said...

I actually made something extremely similar to this a while back and it is freely available. It is a simplified version as it only passes touches and accelerometer data and not core location. If you look through the SIO2 forums there is a link available there. Maybe I should start selling it for $32 dollars...

There is also an accelerometer simulator avaialble: http://code.google.com/p/accelerometer-simulator/

SV said...

@woolyninja, and anyone else on the fence - if you are developing a game that uses tilt and compass input (and here I'm presuming it supports the compass - I don't have a 3GS and I can't verify this and also I haven't seen any info about it on the developer's site, so it may very well not support it) maybe it will be useful to you. On the other hand. you may do just as well using accelerometer-simulator.

For other apps it's borderline useless because, on one hand it does not send events to the keyboard and more importantly to UIScrollView (and its subclasses, e.g. UITableView, UIWebView, UIPickerView, etc.); and on the other hand because you don't have a visual reference on the device itself taping on stuff becomes very awkward - far from the touted professional quality.

Lastly, keep in mind that you'll have to link your app to a library the developer provides in order for all this to work.

In short it may be worth 4 buckeroos to you, but make sure you know what exactly are you getting (see http://www.vimov.com/isimulate/). However, I certainly don't think anyone will find it worth $8 or more.

Dennis Yarborough said...

Awesome app! Just what the doctor ordered. Thanks!

Hubert said...

It works great! Just as advertised, it really takes 5 minutes to install.

I'm the lead developer on an upcoming game (Meteor Blitz), and I would have gladly pay $32 for it because it's so easy to install.

One note for the develper, it'd be even easier to install if you could remove the "-ObjC" linker flag dependency, if possible. And also to have 2 versions of the library, one that uses CoreLocation, and one that doesn't.

I'll try to post a link to a video made with it shortly.

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