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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. jcrod73's Avatar
      jcrod73 -
      This is awesome!!! I'm running WIN 7 and would love to be able to use DragonFireSDK on it to create apps...
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      I would love to play around with this.
    1. pnut78's Avatar
      pnut78 -
      I'm learning C/C++ and I would love this to work on... especially since I don't ahve a MAC and would love to take a shot at developing an app
    1. mberlin's Avatar
      mberlin -
      I would like to try it out.
    1. GisMo's Avatar
      GisMo -
      I want one too! I'd be stoked to make some apps!
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Great stuff. Must check 'em out. Gotta be better than programming on the iPhone

      "...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"

      Windows 7 & XP.
    1. BigMike09890's Avatar
      BigMike09890 -
      Software Engineering college student with an iPhone but no money to afford a Mac Hook me up
    1. spice_weasel's Avatar
      spice_weasel -
      Well, if you are still accepting entries, I'd like to throw my hat in the ring. Been trying to save up enough to build a hackintosh, but unemployment/the lack of makes it hard. I'd love something to smile about right now. I'm back in college learning c++ and java on a windows 7 box. All my previous programming was in assembly and visual basic.
    1. Laurent_MF's Avatar
      Laurent_MF -
      I've done one app on the store with Obj-C and C++ (Pinball Ride), I'm still a very windows oriented developer (Visual Assist, Edit and Continue, The tool chain). I've looked at your web site a few times, and I'm really interested to try it out and hopefully suggest it to my friends that are getting started and not motivated by learning Obj-C like I did.
    1. SkeleDork's Avatar
      SkeleDork -
      Would love to have a program like this.
    1. jflecool2's Avatar
      jflecool2 -
      This is so nice! I want it! Im programmer and have no mac so it would be so cool from you guys! Modmyi rock
    1. psychodave's Avatar
      psychodave -
      I'll take one of those serials, this looks like the solution I need.
    1. enjoinick's Avatar
      enjoinick -
      By the time you can afford the mac computer to develop on then costs to get a license = broke
    1. canojones's Avatar
      canojones -
      This is awesome. I thought I was gonna have to hackintosh a Dell Mini to build an app, lol!
    1. vuglll's Avatar
      vuglll -
      Looks its worth of trying. I'd like to play with it
    1. dkhockey5's Avatar
      dkhockey5 -
      does anyone know the name of that spaceship game in the main picture? or if it even is a real game. looks fun!
    1. sambam2006's Avatar
      sambam2006 -
      Ooo yes please , if not then i'll buy it doesn't make a difference to me, but i'm glad I don't have to have a mac now .

      Cheers and well done DragonFireSDK Team
    1. saumil_b's Avatar
      saumil_b -
      I would like one please
    1. twalker3rd's Avatar
      twalker3rd -
      Me, Please...
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      Ohh please pick me! I'm tired of having to take a flash drive into the apple store and plug it into a Mac to update to betas without anyone noticing! Haha