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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. BIMPtacular's Avatar
      BIMPtacular -
      This seems like a really nice API for working with the iphone, and finally on a Windows platform. I myself prefer visual studio over xcode. That being said, I do have a mac, but my wife has claimed it as hers. I would love to give dragonfire a run and see what it can do, or should I say what I can do with it.
    1. Outrager's Avatar
      Outrager -
      Just got out of college as a Computer Science major so I don't have the money for a Mac but I do have an iPod Touch. I would love to play around with making some apps so this would be a great solution for me.
    1. vanik08's Avatar
      vanik08 -
      I'm on Windows 7 and this tool would be really great, if possible please I'd like to give this a try. Thanks again guys!
    1. BOB of Boise's Avatar
      BOB of Boise -
      aw. can't find any torrents. =(
    1. ashik.miah's Avatar
      ashik.miah -
      Yes please, i'd definiately try this out.
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Man I wish there was a tool to convert this to a .NET language such as C# or VB.NET
    1. ebildude123's Avatar
      ebildude123 -
      I'm on Windows, and always wanted to develop apps for iPod Touch. So yeah, wanna get my hands on this thing.
    1. RrHoidsJ's Avatar
      RrHoidsJ -
      I would love this. I'd give my left arm for this. =]. ahaha. For reals. I got a windows. And I'd love to use this. Please!
    1. freakofsociety's Avatar
      freakofsociety -
      Nice. I haven't coded in a while, but I'd give it a go.
    1. An4rchyy's Avatar
      An4rchyy -
      This would be a godsend, OS X in a virtual machine is painfully slow, this would be perfect!
    1. QuinnNebula's Avatar
      QuinnNebula -
      I would love to have it PLEASE!
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Do NOT want you to give me this for FREE! (trying reverse psychology lol)
    1. Jaredude's Avatar
      Jaredude -
      I'd really like this, i signed up to be a developer a year ago, and then I found out the sdk was only on Mac??? I borrowed my friends MacBook, but it was too old to use the software, I was very disappointed, I'm very familiar with c++ I've made a few things in my day, and I think I could really use this program, I hope my post wasn't too long
      P.S. Pick me!!!
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      I've already had so many apps that I wanted to create; but seeing as I need a mac, as well as there will be so many entries my chances of getting one of the serials is about 1000:1. so im stuck with saving for a mac ='[
    1. LightManca's Avatar
      LightManca -
    1. andeh89's Avatar
      andeh89 -
      Would like to be considered for one of the giveaway licenses. I'm a final year Software Engineering student and I've chosen iPhone Software Eng. as an elective for the new semester starting Monday, so DragonFire would be a great help for me as well as allow me to design some new apps for the iPhone
    1. AuSteeze's Avatar
      AuSteeze -
      I wanna program for the iPhone, just can't get a mac yet): so this would be AWESOME
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I use Windows and once wrote this great program to print 'Hello World' to the screen (way before windows though).
      I got really advanced and could print 4 columns repeated either vertically or, get this, diagnostically across the screen.
      I think the iPhone is missing just such an app and I would like to be able to apply my stunning programming skills to write just such an app. Although I might need some help from my friends....
    1. cyberfix's Avatar
      cyberfix -
      This is something like waht I have been waiting for! I am interested if there is a drawing, etc.
    1. Jackf's Avatar
      Jackf -
      This would be way nicer than coding on my small old hackingtosh.. Hope I win