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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. phoenixfire425's Avatar
      phoenixfire425 -
      I'm game to give this a try. It might be a little better?
    1. nogggin1's Avatar
      nogggin1 -
      That is awsome... finally of course i want a copy who wouldnt want a copy. count me in
    1. handsomePATT's Avatar
      handsomePATT -
      very nice
    1. homing's Avatar
      homing -
      Nice! Would love to try it out !
    1. kennyleeme's Avatar
      kennyleeme -
      programmer here. I need this program!
    1. jwatilo's Avatar
      jwatilo -
      Windows programmer here! Been wanting to play with developing an iPhone app but don't have the cash to fork out for a mac (well, except maybe a Big Mac).
    1. lineskis's Avatar
      lineskis -
      Id love to give this a try. I work with C at work and have wanted to get into the dev scene but to poor to get a mac. This seems pretty sweet
    1. BurnRose's Avatar
      BurnRose -
      I would like to enter for this drawing. Ya I tried to go to Mac for creating apps, but it's so restricting in it's nature. I have so many ideas brewing that need to be given to the masses. I have no plans on charging for my apps. Long live MMi! You Rock! and thanks to Dev Team for all ur hard work!
    1. rico3459's Avatar
      rico3459 -
      I would like to give it a try I've been using my hackintosh with some headaches but it works for now.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      This would be great =) now I can program iPhone apps! =)
    1. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      i love this now!!!this is what ive been needed yes! will look to c if i will buy it
    1. Lintrix's Avatar
      Lintrix -
      I would love to get my feet wet with this!
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I would love to make iphone apps. I'm getting an ipad tomorrow so hopefully this can also make apps for that too.
    1. toaster99's Avatar
      toaster99 -
      I've been programming on various platforms since I was eleven and have always wanted to try my hand at developing an iPhone application. I've developed applications for mobile devices before (back when Palm was cool), and would love to revisit my mobile developing days. This would be a great first step, and I would be forever thankful!
    1. kev007rocks's Avatar
      kev007rocks -
      I hope i win lolz
    1. jinxhackwear's Avatar
      jinxhackwear -
      Hook a brotha up
    1. defdad's Avatar
      defdad -
      I would love to try this out! I have been wanting to program for iOS for quite some time and since I got my iPhone 4 I have it bad! I am still saving up for a good Mac, but that is a long way off. I have spent the last week or so trying to get OS X on one of my PC's and have found hundreds of different guides on the Internet, but have yet to find one that works for me.
    1. rr_1129's Avatar
      rr_1129 -
      Wow I was actually going to try to install leopard on my pc but I'm sure having an ultimate edition SDK would save me a lot of time and a lot of headaches
    1. smokingkiils's Avatar
      smokingkiils -
      Been wanting to programme for iphone on windows for ages since i cannot afford a mac... Especially as i have to use my desktop computer now as i spilt orange juice over my laptop and it short circuited it and my mother board is uselesd... Ordering a new one now though. Would LOVE a code please
    1. zturn13's Avatar
      zturn13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by defdad View Post
      I would love to try this out! I have been wanting to program for iOS for quite some time and since I got my iPhone 4 I have it bad! I am still saving up for a good Mac, but that is a long way off. I have spent the last week or so trying to get OS X on one of my PC's and have found hundreds of different guides on the Internet, but have yet to find one that works for me.
      i know what ya mean!! i had a mac on my old pc i couldnt get online or have disply drivers or anything fancy and then i had some problems and it was still under warranty and now my new one i (different model) i got smart and looked for support but i think its going to end up the same way if that far :/