Unity 2019.1 gets over 300 improvements
Thursday, April 18, 2019 by Richard Harris
Fresh off the heels of a successful and exciting (as always) Game Developers Conference (GDC 2019), Unity Technologies launch Unity 2019.1. Unity 2019.1 includes almost 300 new features and improvements, including powerful, production-ready versions of the Lightweight Render Pipeline, the Burst Compiler, and the Shader Graph, which is helping creators and teams of all s...
Augmented reality app creation made simple with PlugXR
Thursday, January 10, 2019 by Richard Harris
PlugXR, Inc., an Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality Silicon Valley startup based in San Jose, California (USA), has announced its flagship AR Authoring Platform, PlugXR Creator (Beta), the Fastest and First-of-its-kind AR App Creator for Android/iOS mobiles to develop powerful AR apps in Minutes.
"We expect to expand the XR market starting with AR...
Bringing LEGO minifigures to life using AR and emotion recognition
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Richard Harris
Goran Vuksic, an iOS developer for Tattoodo, has made a unique new application that is helping make childhood dreams come alive. The app uses emotional AI and Augmented Reality SDK's that help transform miniature LEGO characters into interactive models. The project responds to a user's facial features by analyzing and projecting the user's current mood onto the LEGO cha...
New Data on Which Programming Languages Skills Are in Highest Demand
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 by Richard Harris
New data has been made available which provides a snapshot of what programming languages are currently in the highest demand. The data is based on the internal company reporting from Toptal, a marketplace connecting companies with developers, engineers, programmers, coders, architects, and consultants.When looking at the company’s year to year data, the following shows ...
Augumenta Offers New Functionality to Enterprise Smartglass SDK
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Richard Harris
Augumenta has released new functionality to its Software Development Kit (SDK) for enterprise smartglasses applications. The platform now offers the integration of gesture control and smart surfaces, providing the basis for an enhanced and more productive user interface for augmented reality work spaces.The SDK is being used on a number of smart glasses, such as Google ...
How to Debug From Live Game Operation Data in Corona and Unity3D
Monday, March 30, 2015 by Richard Harris
Capturing live game operation data from players’ devices and a game developer’s own servers can provide a unique opportunity to solve problems including unexpected loads, use cases, or data inputs. Mike Turner, a partner in game development studio Charmed Matter Games, has created two tutorials that explain how to do so from the Unity3D and Corona game engines usin...
Unity Officially Launches Unity 5 during the GDC 2015 with Insane Features and New Pricing
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Richard Harris
During a full house presentation at GDC, Unity CEO John Riccitiello announced the official launch and general availability of the Unity 5 game platform and Unity Cloud Build.Riccitiello posted a note on the company’s blog outlining the announcement just prior to the announcement. The company also streamed the launch event which included presentations from Unit...
Amazon AWS Mobile SDK for Unity3D Game Development in Developer Preview
Friday, February 13, 2015 by Richard Harris
Amazon’s AWS recently launched an update to the AWS Mobile SDK for Unity developers. The AWS Mobile SDK for Unity helps games handle cloud storage along with identity and user state management directly from within the Unity developer environment.The SDK is currently available in Developer Preview containing a set of .NET classes that enables games written with Unity to ...
Unity Analytics Services in Beta for iOS and Android Game Developers
Saturday, January 24, 2015 by Richard Harris
Unity is releasing in beta its new game analytics services, Unity Analytics (formerly Playnomics). Unity Analytics gathers data from a Unity game and transfers that data to a cloud-based datastore. From there, Unity’s segmentation technology processes and analyzes the data which is then delivered to the Unity Analytics Dashboard.The web-based dashboard allows developers...
Unity Creates QA Mini Site for Test Tools, Test Suites and Patch Releases
Monday, September 29, 2014 by Richard Harris
Unity has launched a new section on its website dedicated to the work and happenings in QA for the platform. The QA mini site is a one stop place for blogs, public test suites, the Unity Test Tools and the patch releases. The new Unity Test Tools page will provide links to the package, documentation and example projects for the tools. With these developers will be ...
Metaio Releases New Beta Version of Augmented Reality SDK Providing Enhanced Game Development Capabilities
Friday, May 9, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Metaio’s newest Beta version of its augmented reality SDK has now been optimized for wearable computing devices like the Epson Moverio BT-200. Instead of utilizing a camera view, Metaio’s technology allows the user to perceive reality itself with digital and virtual content directly overlaid onto their surroundings potentially providing game developers wi...
Unity Developers Can Test Drive Unity 4 Beta for Windows Phone 8.1 Gaming Apps
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Richard Harris
Unity developers currently have the opportunity to participate in the Unity 4 beta program to create Windows Phone 8.1 apps. This initial beta program is only open to experienced Unity developers who have had Unity Windows Phone 8 or Windows Store apps games published. Existing participants in the Windows Phone 8 beta program will gain access to Unity 4 Window...
Sony Announces New PS4 Game Developer Tools from Unity and YoYo Games
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Richard Harris
Sony is bringing three new platforms to the Playstation family: GameMaker:Studio from YoYo Games, MonoGame and Unity.Jointly developed by Sony (SCE) and YoYo Games, a GameMaker:Studio native solution for PS4 is now available free for all SCE-licensed developers, making it easier for developers to bring 2D games to PS4 systems. MonoGame make...
Yahoo Creates Yahoo Games Network Platform for Game Developers
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Yahoo is launching the Yahoo Games Network, new platform for third-party game developers for distribution on the Yahoo network. Yahoo is betting that the 800 million users worldwide (including 400 million users on mobile) will entice developers to follow the Facebook model and launch games in the Yahoo platform.Through the Yahoo Games Channel and the new&...
Game Developers Receive Updated Unity Test Tools V1.2
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Unity recently released version 1.2 of Unity Test Tools. Here are some overviews of the new release.Assertion ComponentCode StrippingUnity had been hearing that the main issue that prevents developers from using the assertion component is the lack of the option to strip the code out of the release builds. To solve the issue Unity has implemented scene post-process ...
Saturday, March 15, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Kii has introduced new A/B Testing functionality which is included with all Kii accounts, including the free ones. Developers using Kii can run an experiment and then push the optimal result to all users with one click, without having to update an app.Kii A/B Testing supports multiple variables to provide the ability to test combinations around app experience,...
Microsoft Offers Unity Game Developers New Incentive Program to Develop Windows Apps
Saturday, February 22, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
In an effort to continue to populate its Windows app market, Microsoft is incentivizing Unity developers to create Windows apps. Developers who qualify will receive complimentary Windows store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance.Any Unity developer using Unity 4...
Game Developers Can Tap into Lucrative Chinese and Japanese Markets with Kii’s New Game Cloud Service Featuring Unity SDK Integration
Friday, January 31, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Kii has launched Game Cloud, a new mobile backend platform service for developers and gaming studios to build, distribute, and monetize their games. Featuring an integrated Unity SDK, the Game Cloud offers ready-to-use services that include cloud backend, player management, social integrations, usage analytics, monetization channels, and publishing/promotion all wi...
Unity 3D Asset Store Launches Beta Sample Assets Package for Game Developers
Friday, January 31, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Unity has launched the beta version of a new sample assets package. In addition to providing new code, Unity is also changing the name “Standard Assets” to “Sample Assets” to better reflects their purpose, which is to provide a collection of examples that can be used out-of-the-box, picked apart or expanded upon.Unity is also working to improve the delivery me...
Unity3D: For Beginners and Professionals
Friday, October 11, 2013 by Jeff Sasmor
More than likely you've already
heard of Unity3D; in fact, there's a
good chance you're already a user.
With more than 1.7 million registered
developers, Unity is on its
way to becoming as ubiquitous as
mobile phones. Users range from
hobbyists, students, and Indie
developers like me, all the way up
to big-name game studios and
companies doing simulation ...
Don't Miss the App Developer Weekly News Roundup
Saturday, October 5, 2013 by Richard Harris
Top Stories for the week of 10/5/2013App Marketing 101; Crush the Competition and Rule the App StoreWhen you’re wrapped up with writing code or testing your app one last time, thinking about marketing it might be the last thing in your mind. After all, building an app is a big accomplishment. But it is just step one on your path to achieving your goals. Whether you’re b...
Facebook Entices Gaming App Developers With Cross Platform Unity3D SDK
Friday, August 30, 2013 by Richard Harris
The big hits keep coming at Unity’s Unite Developer Vancouver, Canada with Facebook’s announcement of its new cross-platform SDK for Unity games.
Web, iOS, and Android gaming app developers can now use Facebook's social and identity features to enhance their gaming experience. The formidable partnership between the world’s largest gaming platform in terms of developers...
Unity3D Steps Out With App Marketing Monetization Unity Cloud Service
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by Richard Harris
Unity is rapidly becoming a one stop app developer shopping experience with the announcement of Unity Cloud, a proposed collection of online services designed to help mobile game developers acquire new players, promote their games, and monetize their products successfully.
Announced at its Unity 2013 Conference in Vancouver Canada, Unity Cloud is now in beta, enabling...
Big Announcements During First Day of Unity3D Technologies Event
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Richard Harris
It’s warming up at Unity 2013 in Vancouver, Canada as Unity Technologies announces new 2D Gaming Tools, Unity Cloud, and its own Unity Games publishing entity. And it’s only just the first day! (see related news announcements posted here).
Unity is stepping out into the mobilesphere in a big way with its announcement of its foray into app user acquisition, marketing an...
App Developer News Weekly Roundup for The Week of August 9th, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013 by Richard Harris
From the Editors DeskHello everyone! It's been a great week in mobile and we've got lots to share with you! The August issue is here officially so be sure and check it out if you haven't already. We have been getting alot of great feedback from the developer community and it's much appreciated! Top Stories for the week of 8/10/2013Easier to Do: Find Bigfo...
Unity3D Is Leading The Way For Windows Phone And Blackberry Developers
Friday, August 9, 2013 by Richard Harris
The recent announcement by Unity 3D that it had released Unity 4.2, which introduced support of Windows Phone 8, Windows Store apps and BlackBerry 10, is another indication that more third party mobile app development tools and services are migrating to the Windows and Blackberry mobile platforms.
Why does this matter? No matter how hard Microsoft and Blackbe...
Unity 4.2 Now Supports BlackBerry 10
Friday, July 26, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
Blackberry has announced that free and Pro releases of Unity 4.2 from Unity Technologies now support BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry and Unity Technologies are offering a limited number of Unity Pro License holders a free copy of the BlackBerry Pro add-on license until November 20, 2013, if they submit a game developed with Unity to the BlackBerry World storefront. These dev...
GameCircle Expands to All Android Devices
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Richard Harris
Amazon has just released a major update to Amazon GameCircle, their free game service providing achievements, leaderboards, and Whispersync for Games. Games on all Android devices (including Kindle Fire, of course) can now integrate GameCircle, which is easy because we support Java, JNI, and Unity3D. In addition, Whispersync has been dramatically improved, becoming the ...