The Rare Studio executed a dual platform mobile app development project in collaboration with Matt Manos at Verynice. Rare developed both iOS and Android platforms of Check Your Self! for Keep A Breast Foundation. The project workflow consisted of Verynice providing high fidelity prototype screens and Rare embarking upon a rapid development process for both iOS and Android platforms. Trying to keep up with Keep A Breast’s booth at SXSW, we used the Corona Development Platform to expedite the development of both iOS and Android platforms. After 4 weeks of development we launched both platforms and we’re now fluent in the Lua programming language.
Although the process was a little ad-hoc the result was still satisfying. We would have liked a little more time to exercise some kinks in the overall visual design, which leads to defining the user experience design, and drills into the overall user needs and business goals: something we feel the app could have used a little more attention for a more streamlined process. However, keeping one hat on at a time — Rare kept a strict stance on only providing minimal viable development.
Here is some information on the Keep A Breast Foundation: The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization. Our mission is to eradicate breast cancer for future generations. We provide support programs for young people impacted by cancer and educate people about prevention, early detection, and cancer-causing toxins in our everyday environment. Get the app today: iOS: http://bit.ly/kabapp Android: http://bit.ly/kabapp2
A few comments about the Corona SDK: The platform was really easy to use and the documentation made it even easier to get up and running very quickly. We highly suggest this platform for the use and access to pre-existing widget and modules offered on both iOS and Android. However, since this application was developed prior to the release of iOS 7, we’re curious to see how the SDK has developed. Here is a description of the Corona SDK: Corona’s extensive API library enables everything, from animation to networking, with a few lines of code. Whether you’re building games or business apps, you see changes instantly in the Corona Simulator and can iterate extremely quickly. Development is done in Lua, a lightning-fast, easy to learn scripting language.