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Illumination Software Creator

By Linda Bradford

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Illumination Software Creator allows anyone to create their own software applications… without writing a single line of “code”. It is more like drawing a flowchart, which the App turns into code.

NOTE: a new update with even more visual improvements is due out Fall of 2014

The idea is simple: Arrange colorful building blocks of functionality however you like to create your own, unique, piece of software.

No reading large computer programming books. No steep learning curve.

One project creates apps for Android, iPhone, iPad, Linux, Windows Desktops, HTML5 websites and Flash websites.

Illumination even gives you the full Adobe Flex, Android Java, iOS Obj-C, JavaScript and Python source code to the projects you create. This provides some major benefits:

1) Apps created with Illumination are 100% native. (iPhone apps are 100% Objective-C, etc.).
2) It's a great way to prototype new projects, or learn new languages.

Tutorials (including instructions for preparing your Mac for building iOS, Android, etc. apps) and example projects can be found on the Support Page.

There is a new version of this software due out soon.

Help, Information and news on updates/upgrades, nocost software downloads, tutorials, videos and more are available on the Support Page.

- Building iOS (iPhone & iPad) apps requires XCode 3.2.6 or XCode 4 or above (all no cost from Apple).
- Running iOS (iPhone & iPad) apps directly from the Illumination toolbar requires XCode 3.2.6 (not currently compatible with XCode 4).
- Building and Running Flash/Flex Web apps requires Adobe Flex SDK
- Building and Running Python/GTK apps requires PyGTK.
- Building and Running Android (JAVA) apps requires the Android SDK and Eclipse.

What's New in Version 4.1

- Can now build HTML5 Web Applications!
- The new Image Library lets you add and manage graphics in your apps easily.
- Loads of fixes and usability improvements to make it even easier to build your own apps.


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Customer Reviews

Could be Good

This application is designed to make it easy to make apps for various platforms, easily configurable through logic boxes. No coding knowledge is required. Help is available through a forum, though help is very limited and there are no user manuals. It is all trial and error! This could be a good application, but it is too buggy. It should be considered a BETA release. I would advise against purchasing this app in its current state at £34.49.

If issues are resolved I will update this review.

still at 4.1, no sign of any updates

I've held off reviewing it before because I contacted the developer and he said that Apple were holding up updates. It turns out that there will be no more updates, as on his website the new version (5.0) will be a paid upgrade. Seeing as we do not even have the latest 4.x version (4.3 I think), this does not bode well.

As to the app itself: it's a nice idea. I bought it to teach my daughters how to code and they enjoyed it for while, but the lack of UI widgets ultimately rendered this a pointless exercise. As an example, ISC does not have widgets for such basic controls as drop down lists, sliders, etc. GameMaker is a better bet if you want visual app building in my opinion (also on the app store, but also lacking updates. Still, it is far more feature rich).

I can't remember what I paid for this. I think it was on sale so probably not too much. I won't be buying any further products from this company though - looking online they appear to have a history of exubarently starting projects and then dumping them after getting people to pay for them. If you read the developer's blog, it's clear that he is hugely enthusiastic about coding. What he seems to be less clear on is supporting existing apps.

You should also note that this will not allow you to build native OS X apps. You can build (very simple) iOS apps apparently (I have not tested this), but to run an app on OS X you have the option of an HTML5 browser app (which look dreadful) or outputting to python scripts, which is not fully supported on OS X (it is on Linux).

Bottom line, if you want to mess about with visual coding, look elsewhere first and then come back here if you really like the concept. It's ok and fun for a while. Just don't expect any updates anytime soon.

Illumination Software Creator
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  • £19.99
  • Category: Developer Tools
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.1
  • Size: 4.0 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:

Compatibility: OS X 10.6.5 or later

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