30 Oct

Codify is an application development tool for the iPad and is released by Two Lives Left.

“Codify lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.”

The application basically allows you to create your own iPad application demos within the application using the tools provided.

If you remember programming languages like AMOS, STOS and Game Factory from years gone by, you have an idea of what this game offers.

I have programmed in several languages over the years, so was use to what this application was offering, a novice to programming would more than likely have been overwhelmed.

There are dozens of examples with in application to show how to program thinks like the touch controls, using the accelerometer and other features unique to iOS. There are some very basic game examples as well. 

Codify does not program the game for you, and you will need a knowledge of code to build a game. The interface will make it a lot easier and will give you an idea of the code that you could build a final product with.

This however is where Codify comes up a bit short. You are only able to test the application with Codify, once you are happy it is complete there is nothing you can do with it. I wish that you were able to export the game or the code in some way. I did manage to export the code via Cut and Paste to a text editor, but this is not a great way of doing it, especially with larger pieces of code.

The user interface is very good and the build in help and autofill text are great.

On the upside:

  • Beautiful user interface (help and autofill is excellent)
  • You really can program software on the iPad.
  • Lots of example programs to learn from.

On the downside:

  • No way to export or share the program or the code.
  • No way to Cut and Paste from the examples into your code.
  • A search to find things in the code would have been nice.
  • One of my games would not run after working fine before I closed and reopened the app.

Overall, if you have any knowledge of programming and an interest in programming for the iPad this is a great application. It is not true xcode, as it uses the Lua programming language. However, this is a great app to build prototypes and learn a bit more towards programming for the iPad. It still has a bit of a work in progress feel at the moment, with the lack of export and sharing of the apps you build is sadly missing. For those who do not know anything about programming will more than likely be completely lost and should not get this app. I look forward to see what future updates to Codify will bring.

Rating: 83%

Size: 10.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £5.49

Link: Codify – Two Lives Left


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