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  • DragonFireSDK - Windows iPhone SDK [ GIVEAWAY ]


    We covered DragonFireSDK back in January, when they were a jailbreak-only program. They've since grown up a bit, and no longer require a jailbroken iPhone - which is good for all you folks stillllllll waiting for your jailbreak - to get developing in Windows.

    We get emails almost daily asking us how to develop for the iPhone in Windows (uh... why are you emailing us that... post in the forums. ), so I figured revisiting these guys would be solid. DragonFireSDK is a Windows iPhone SDK in C and C++ which comes with an iPhone Simulator. It allows you to do all your code on your Windows computer in C and C++, but be able to test in an actual simulator on Windows, as well as submit apps to Apple. If your device is not jailbroken DragonFireSDK will register it with Apple and allow you to test your app on your native device.



    The SDK has a nice suite of editing tools, and the iPhone simulator is solid and a great tool for Windows devs. Especially since Apple has decided if you want to develop for iPhone, you're going to do it on a Mac.

    The pricing gets a little hairy though, with a $49.95 starter kit (decent price - includes everything except the ability to build for actual device/release - sim only) and a $99.95 version which allows you to build for device. The issue with the $99.95 version being you get 10 test builds (extras costing $1 each) and only ONE AppStore build (extras costing $10 each). You can either get an actual iPhone Developer account through Apple and submit under that name, or submit for free through the DragonFireSDK folks' parent company - Zimusoft.

    The method of getting your code from your computer to Apple is also a bit jury rigged. They mention:

    The App that is submitted to the App Store is created on a Mac with your Apple approved C/C++ and the DragonFireSDK functions which call Objective - C functions.
    Read: "you send us your code, we compile it on our computer for you". This is still your best option aside from getting a Mac if you want to program for iPhone and are on Windows, but some may have issues handing out their code. Although you hand it to Apple, too.

    There's a decent amount of apps already created using the DragonFireSDK, including ones like Sliders (link opens iTunes) - which actually looks like a decent time-waster.



    We reached out to the guys at DragonFireSDK and they're hooking us up with a couple free serials for their Ultimate Pack, so we'll pass those on to you. If you program and are on Windows, note it in the comments and we'll choose a couple folks sometime this weekend to get free versions of the SDK to.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: DragonFireSDK - Windows iPhone SDK [ GIVEAWAY ] started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 205 Comments
    1. imgjohn's Avatar
      imgjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Matthews View Post
      We reached out to the guys at DragonFireSDK and they're hooking us up with a couple free serials for their Ultimate Pack, so we'll pass those on to you. If you program and are on Windows, note it in the comments and we'll choose a couple folks sometime this weekend to get free versions of the SDK to.
      Wow.. I would love to get my hands on one.
    1. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      Quote Originally Posted by imgjohn View Post
      Wow.. I would love to get my hands on one.
      did u really have to quote the entire post?
    1. imgjohn's Avatar
      imgjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by domthebigbomb View Post
      did u really have to quote the entire post?
      Sorry about that.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I need to develope some apps for my industry, but I don't want to buy a Mac to do it. If given the chance to use Dragonfire I will release them on Cydia free of charge.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Has this competition ended or is it going to continue ad infinitum?
    1. Tamkis's Avatar
      Tamkis -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Has this competition ended or is it going to continue ad infinitum?
      Aww... You beat me to the chase. I was going to ask that question
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Could the winners:
      a) Let us know who they are? and
      b) let us know what they think of the product?
    1. Cryptiik's Avatar
      Cryptiik -
      I'm Joe a developer in the UK and I really need this software.
      I think the software is amazing, it lets the users create iPhone/iPod Touch apps, in C++ (a programming language which I know pretty well), on Windows (I don't have a Mac)!


      PLEASE pick me as I would LOVE to start making apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch (I'm sure I would be a great addition to the community); I wouldn't waste the software as I'm sure others would, I would get started making apps with my C++ knowledge (which this program would improve) right away!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cryptiik View Post
      I wouldn't waste the software as I'm sure others would,
      I'm glad you have such a high opinion of others on this forum....
    1. Cryptiik's Avatar
      Cryptiik -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      I'm glad you have such a high opinion of others on this forum....
      haha xD. I didn't mean it like that, I'm just saying that I'm sure a small proportion of people would get it, maybe plan to use it but never end up getting round to it and therefore "waste" it.


      EDIT: Ah, you said "could the winners"; I may have been too late to win the software :'(
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      I want this

      who won! lmao
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      This appears to have come to nothing - no word on winners or why nothing has been announced. Very strange.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      LOL I'm wondering as well...
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      It has been 2 months and there isn't a winner? Scam?
    1. maxk77's Avatar
      maxk77 -
      I would love to try this out. At the moment all i can afford is a hackintosh and the dragon fire sdk would be a lot easier to use.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      You might win - no one else seems to have done....
    1. Tamkis's Avatar
      Tamkis -
      Read last paragraph or two of initial post. (Sry, can't quote/copy text on AppStore mmi app)

      Im wondering if it's a scam too... By "we" I assume that means pF/Dragonfiresdk staff will be selecting winners.

      Instead of wondering who won, ask the topic poster (Kyle Mathews/pF, of course) or Dragonfiresdk staff. I would ask pF myself, but I'm not worthy, lol. Plus moderators are closer to pF, so they would be able to ask him more directly instead little old me having my message lost in his giant admin inbox. Not that this message is top priority for mmi ...
    1. MacTaiga's Avatar
      MacTaiga -
      Maybe they're giving as many of us pc developers a chance as they can?
    1. LilRalphie's Avatar
      LilRalphie -
      Same with me. Would love to win one. I've just taken 1 year off university and intend to teach myself how to make apps, and possibly hacking iToys. This would make a great start.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Ok, you guys can chill out now.. lol.

      I won the app a long time ago. Not sure why the post was never updated, sorry guys. I've played with the so-called "package" but it's basically just documentation and a website you can submit code to. This tool is not for traditional iPhone programming. This is for programming with the package's VERY limited subset of commands, which are very heavily 2d-game oriented. Creating anything that is functional outside of that window would be very difficult, and now that I've used both.. just build a hackintosh and run OSX and XCode. That's what I ended up doing. There's currently no way around it, and there will never be a better way to make an app.