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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. vicsiphone's Avatar
      vicsiphone -
      is something that I have been wondering about and waiting for...I am very interested...thx
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Been looking for a simulator for windows for ages! Would love a copy of this! Good luck all
    1. omarnaji2003's Avatar
      omarnaji2003 -
      I'm a computer engineering student (second year), and on a tight budget. It would be great if I can work on this software so I can start experimenting with the iphone SDK, and maybe even join the development community. This is also great because I don't have to learn Objective C, I can just use C++.

      I would really love it if I can get my hands on one of these serials
    1. evera's Avatar
      evera -
      i need this
    1. WMarc's Avatar
      WMarc -
      So great! DragonFireSDK looks terrible!

      I would love to use this SDK! Thanks!
    1. hoooodini's Avatar
      hoooodini -
      I program in C++, use Windows, and would love a copy.
    1. paddypj's Avatar
      paddypj -
      im in high school and my grades have been slipping,my parents said,what do you want to do with your life and i said a developer. she told me i should work towards it. i have a pc and you cant make iphone apps on one so i need to save up for a mac ($2000 in australia)and im only a kid. if i could get access to this it would help me heaps.

      thank you modmyi
    1. BlackHoleSlam1994's Avatar
      BlackHoleSlam1994 -
      I really want to try programming with this i never was able to because i haven't had a mac but i am waiting for the jailbreak and this will work nice
    1. nerddownthestreet's Avatar
      nerddownthestreet -
      Count me in! I've been trying to figure out how to build my toolchain 4.0 on Linux but I couldn't figure it out. This is a great alternative, since I also have windows installed!
    1. foundforgood89's Avatar
      foundforgood89 -
      would love this one :-) cant wait to finally code on windows
    1. XenoSaber's Avatar
      XenoSaber -
      Absolutely I'm in. With a baby due in October I just can't justify the cost of getting a mac. Unless, of course, I sell a lot of apps!!!
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I program, and I'm on Windows, I'll take a copy
    1. TutenStain's Avatar
      TutenStain -
      Im in for the serial drawing. Thanks.
    1. CoasterFuelPhil's Avatar
      CoasterFuelPhil -
      I want! Spent all my money on iphones and now have no money for a mac lol
    1. wil32's Avatar
      wil32 -
      if only i could get rid of my mac mini, i Would LUV to devellop under Windows, it would need that Mac anyamore
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      I too would like a try. Ive been messing around with the SDK on my mac for a while for the iPhone.

      This windows version is revolutionary. I would be honored to use it and submit apps.

      Modymyi App anyone? lol

    1. iAgent's Avatar
      iAgent -
      I don't own a mac so this would help me tremendously! I would really appreciate a serial.
    1. mmurphmsu's Avatar
      mmurphmsu -
      That would be awesome to have. Put me down in the drawing please.
    1. Thenextkiller's Avatar
      Thenextkiller -
      I would very much like one.
    1. InitialD's Avatar
      InitialD -
      awesome! been wanting to finish developing my app for a long time but my mac broke and couldnt afford to get a new one. this would be perfect. if i win a code get ready for my app its an on idevice based developing program. not to advanced yet, but you can easily make apps such as browsers and small games in the state its in now