I had good hopes we would have an early Christmas this year from Erel, but it looks like he has outdone himself (again!).
From its beta release only a couple of weeks ago, B4i looked very stable and already feature rich. Knowing how the B4A (Basic4Android) community quickly has grown very solid, with many contributors creating all kind of great libraries, I have no doubt B4i will be any different. Congratulations Erel with another state-of-the-art development tool!
But let’s give the master himself the stand now (from the official site):
Erel: B4i follows the same concepts of B4A and B4J and provides a simple yet powerful rapid application development tool for iOS applications.
- Apple developer account (costs $99 per year).
- An iOS device running iOS 7+.
The compilation process requires a Mac computer. You can either use a local Mac computer or use our Hosted Mac Builder service (currently costs $25 per year).
- Tutorials: http://www.basic4ppc.com/android/forum/forums/ios-tutorials.63/
You should start with the following three tutorials:
Creating a certificate and provisioning profile
Installing B4i-Bridge and debugging first app
Developers who use a local Mac: Local Mac Builder Installation
- Formal documentation: http://www.basic4ppc.com/b4i/documentation.html
B4i can be purchased here: http://www.basic4ppc.com/b4i
It is now sold for a special introductory price of $99.
B4i includes two years of free upgrades.
Hosted Mac Builder
The builder service allows you to develop iOS applications without a Mac computer.
All of the development steps can be done with the builder service except of the final step which is uploading the application to Apple App Store. This step requires a Mac or a service such as MacInCloud.
Note that the builder is currently limited to projects of up to 15mb.
Looking forward to play with this!