B4R (Basic4Arduino) is coming!

Excellent news from Erel (CEO of Anywhere Software).  The excellent B4X suite will support yet another platform: Arduino!  Next to support for all desktop platforms, webapps, Raspberry Pi, Android and iOS this new addition is another great step from Anywhere Software towards the most simple framework to make IoT applications.

Unlike the other platforms which generate Java, B4R will generate native C.  Users will be able to write their own libraries or use inline C for specific functionalities.  More on this later, but make sure you check out the video!




B4i: Official release at special introductory price!

B4I logo
Great news from Anywhere Software! B4i (a development tool for native iOS applications) is released today.

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 from the Anywhere Software Store for just $59!
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!

B4i (iOS): Yup, you read that right!

(Not official logo)
(Not official logo)

Amazing news from Anywhere software: Erel is working on B4i! This development suite for cross development (Android/Mac/Windows/Linux) will be joined by iOS.

After the great success of Basic4Android (simply the best development tool for Android, by far), Erel suprised us all with Basic4Java last year. A free! tool to create cross platform software for Mac, Windows and Linux.

And now, he has an ever bigger suprise: Basic4iOS!
Just like it’s brother B4A, B4i will compile to native code (Objective C in this case). Combined with the powerful IDE (Xojo, check this one out, it’s bug free and blazing fast) with its unique debugging capabilities and features, this is a certain winner, again!

As a Windows developer, you won’t even need a Mac to compile:

…The current plan is to host a cloud of Macs for the compilation which means that developers will not need to have access to a Mac computer. There will also be an option to host the remote Mac compiler locally instead of the cloud compilers…

And the clever debugging tricks well known from B4A will also be at your fingertips:

…The rapid debugger will allow modifying the code without rebuilding the package making the “testing cycle” much quicker…

It’s simply amazing how Anywhere Software can build such powerful (and most of all stable and reliable) development tools in such a short time span. And at a price that dwarfs the competition!

Well done Erel! We are looking forward for this little beauty by the end of this year. It’s gonna be great, I’m sure of that!


QuiQRun! A glimpse…

I’m currently working on my new Android app called QuiQRun and this is the first time it is presented to the public. It is currently in the testing phase so it won’t be long until I will release it to Google Play.

What is QuiQRun?

QuiQRun consists of two main parts:

1. The White side: Save – Share – Scan QR Codes

• Scan QR Codes and barcodes with our fast build in scanner
• Decrypt codes created with QuiQRun Security and read codes generated by other apps
• A human readable summary and the raw QR data
• Save codes for later use. All codes are organized in a nice list for easy retrieval.
• Share your QR Code on Facebook, Twitter, Email, Dropbox and many more…
• Use the QR Code immediately on your smartphone

2. The Black side: Make – Share – Protect QR Codes

• Make QR Codes for Websites, Wifi, Contacts, locations, coupons and many more…
• Protect your QR Code with QuiQRun Security
– Encryption
– Prevent saving the QR Code
– Password or PIN protect
– Set an expiration date
• Share your QR code on Facebook, Twitter, Email, Dropbox and many more…
• Use the QR Code immediately on your smartphone

And here are the first screenshots!

QuiQrun on Android

QuiQRun is written in Basic4Android. If you are a licensed user of B4A you can download an exclusieve preview version from the B4A ‘Test my App!’ forum! I would definitely appreciate the feedback 🙂

More information and screenshots can be found at QuiQRun

The coming weeks I’ll keep you up to date. Follow me on Twitter: QuiQRun


Basic4Android: A first look at ABPlay, a game engine library

ABPlay Screenshot
ABPlay Screenshot

It has been a while since I’ve written a new article on this blog because it have been busy months both at work and in my personal life. One of the things I wanted to do was writing an easy to use Game Engine for B4A. I have written the ABPhysics engine in the past and recently Informatix pointed out I had started another engine (ABGameEngine) before that. Development on ABGameEngine was stopped early for several reasons: time was one of them, but also because several other developers were working on an engine themselves. It seemed a little bit pointless to continue.

However, the other engines were not further developed either. Until recently Erel came up with the GameView. This is an excellent View that will cover the needs of a lot of beginning programmers. I definitely would like to urge starting game developers to take a look at this. Registered users of B4A can download the GameView lib from here.

But still, I wanted something more. I looked at ABgameEngine again, as it had some great ideas like layers, animated sprites, gamepads etc. But it was also very old code and not written very well. And it crashed all the time 🙂

I decided to restart from scratch a couple of weeks ago. Some weekends and evenings later ABPlay was born! And with a lot of goodies!

Here is a small demo video of what I got so far. it demonstrates the following:

1. Layers
     (Layer 1) the moving background with the Odies as animated sprites
     (Layer 2) the black foreground layer with a weird dancing creature that passes now and then
2. Animated sprites, not bound to a layer
     (our hero Garfield is back!)
3. A sprite can have different animations.
     (like one for standing, one for walking, one for fighting, etc)
4. A sprite can have different predefined 'Walks'
     (A walk can be build like you would build a path. It's a sequence of lines, bezier curves, wait periods etc. It's like a simple flash movie)
5. Gamepad controls
     (the 'joystick' pad on the left)
     (the 'action' pad on the right)
     (the 'direction' pad as an alternative to the joystick, not shown in this video)
6. In the demo I cannot demonstrate it with a mouse, but it is completely multi touch
     (You can control Garfield AND press the Action button X AND do a swipe anywhere at the same time)

But let’s have a look (beware this is running on the Emulator. On a real device it is much smoother):

I’m actually very pleased with the result. The graphics and handling is very smooth.
Above all, it’s still very easy to program. Here is the whole code for the demo app:

#Region  Project Attributes
	#ApplicationLabel: ABPlayTest
	#VersionCode: 1
	'SupportedOrientations possible values: unspecified, landscape or portrait.
	#SupportedOrientations: landscape
	#CanInstallToExternalStorage: False
#End Region

#Region  Activity Attributes
	#FullScreen: true
	#IncludeTitle: false
#End Region

Sub Process_Globals

End Sub

Sub Globals
	Dim myPlay As ABPlay
	' the panel that will hold the ABPlay
	Dim myPanel As Panel

	' a background and foregroud layer
	Dim bgLayer As ABLayer
	Dim fgLayer As ABLayer

	' some colors to show the multi touch points in the demo
	Dim myColors() As Int = Array As Int(Colors.Red, Colors.Green, Colors.Blue, Colors.Cyan, Colors.Yellow, Colors.Gray, Colors.White, Colors.Magenta, Colors.LightGray, Colors.DarkGray)

	' our hero
	Dim Hero As ABSprite
	' our enemies
	Dim Enemies As List

	' param to set the set the speed
	Dim Speed As Float = 0.2

	' some variables to hold the current state of the hero
	Dim currentAction As String
	Dim currentDirection As String
	Dim currentIsStanding As Boolean
End Sub

Sub Activity_Create(FirstTime As Boolean)
	' initialize ABPlay with myPanel
	Activity.AddView(myPanel, 0,0,100%x,100%y)
	myPlay.Initialize(myPanel, "myPlay")

	'////////////// BEGIN loading sprite sequences
	' Load Sprite Sequences
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("GarStandingLeft",LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "garleftstill.png"),6, 1, 1000)
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("GarStandingLeft",LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "garleftstill.png"),6, 1, 1000)
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("GarStandingRight",LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "garrightstill.png"),6, 1, 1000)
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("GarWalkingLeft",LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "garleft.png"),8, 1, 1000)
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("GarWalkingRight",LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "garright.png"),8, 1, 1000)
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("GarStandingLeftFight",LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "garleftstillfight.png"),2, 1, 250)
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("GarStandingRightFight",LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "garrightstillfight.png"),2, 1, 250)
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("GarWalkingLeftFight",LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "garleftfight.png"),7, 1, 1000)
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("GarWalkingRightFight",LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "garrightfight.png"),7, 1, 1000)
	' and the ones for Odie
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("OdieStandingLeft", LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "odieleftstill.png"),7,1,Rnd(800,1200))
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("OdieStandingRight", LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "odierightstill.png"),7,1,Rnd(800,1200))
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("OdieWalkingLeft", LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "odieleft.png"),5,1,Rnd(800,1200))
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("OdieWalkingRight", LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "odieright.png"),5,1,Rnd(800,1200))
	' and the one for the creature
	myPlay.LoadSpriteSequence("CreaturePassToRight", LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "creature.png"), 3, 4, 1200)
	'////////////// END loading sprite sequences

	'////////////// BEGIN building the Hero Garfield
	' initialize the hero
	Hero.Initialize("Hero", 50%x, 50%y)
	' add sprite sequences
	Hero.StartSpriteSequence("GarStandingLeft", True)
	'//////////////  END building the Hero Garfield

	'////////////// BEGIN building the background layer with Odies
	' initalize a background layer
	bgLayer.Initialize("background", 0,0)
	bgLayer.SetBackground(LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "bga.jpg"), 1.0)

	' initialize some enemies
	Dim a As Int
	For a = 1 To 10
		Dim Odie As ABSprite

		' initialize an Odie with some animation sequences
		Odie.Initialize("Odie" & a, Rnd(10%x,90%x), Rnd(10%y, 90%y))
		' add multiple sprite sequences
		Odie.AddSpriteSequences(Array As String("OdieStandingLeft","OdieStandingRight","OdieWalkingLeft","OdieWalkingRight"))

		' create a random walk to the right
		Dim WalkRight As ABSpriteWalk
		WalkRight.Initialize("ToTheRight", True)
		Dim newX As Int = Odie.x+Rnd(20%x, 80%x)
		WalkRight.AddLine("OdieWalkingRight",Odie.x, Odie.y, newX, Odie.y, Rnd(90,100))
		WalkRight.AddWait("OdieStandingRight",newX, Odie.y, Rnd(10,50))
		WalkRight.AddLine("OdieWalkingLeft",newX, Odie.y, Odie.x, Odie.y, Rnd(90,100))
		WalkRight.AddWait("OdieStandingLeft",Odie.x, Odie.y, Rnd(10,50))

		' create a random walk to the left
		Dim WalkLeft As ABSpriteWalk
		WalkLeft.Initialize("ToTheLeft", True)
		Dim newX As Int = Odie.x-Rnd(20%x, 80%x)
		WalkLeft.AddLine("OdieWalkingLeft",Odie.x, Odie.y, newX, Odie.y , Rnd(90,100))
		WalkLeft.AddWait("OdieStandingLeft",newX, Odie.y, Rnd(10,50))
		WalkLeft.AddLine("OdieWalkingRight",newX, Odie.y, Odie.x, Odie.y, Rnd(90,100))
		WalkLeft.AddWait("OdieStandingRight",Odie.x, Odie.y, Rnd(10,50))

		' pick random a walk, left or right
		Dim GoLeft As Int = Rnd(0,2)
		If GoLeft = 0 Then
		End If
	'////////////// END building the background layer with Odies

	'////////////// BEGIN building the foreground layer with creature
	' initalize a foreground layer
	Dim fgLayer As ABLayer
	fgLayer.Initialize("foreground", 0,0)
	fgLayer.SetBackground(LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "fga.png"), 100%y/400)

	' and a weird creature...
	Dim creature As ABSprite
	creature.Initialize("creature", -100%x, 100%y-240)
	' with a walk
	Dim pass As ABSpriteWalk
	pass.Initialize("DanseToTheRight", True)
	pass.AddLine("DansingRight",creature.x, creature.y, 200%x, creature.y, 300)
	' and start the walk
	' add the creature to the foreground layer
	'////////////// END building the foreground layer with creature

	'////////////// BEGIN Add game pads
	' initialize and start a Joystick Gamepad
	myPlay.InitializeJoystickPad(18, 100%y-210, 192, 192 , LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "joystick_bg.png"),LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "joystick.png"))

	' initialize and start a Action Gamepad
	myPlay.InitializeActionPad(100%x-210, 100%y-210, 192, 192 , LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "action_active.png"),LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "action_inactive.png"),LoadBitmap(File.DirAssets, "action_mask.png"),True, False, True, False)
	'////////////// END Add game pads
End Sub

Sub Activity_Resume

End Sub

Sub Activity_Pause (UserClosed As Boolean)
End Sub

Sub Activity_KeyPress (KeyCode As Int) As Boolean 'Return True to consume the event
	Select Case KeyCode
		Case KeyCodes.KEYCODE_BACK
			' NEEDED: stop the drawing thread and recycle stuff
			Return True
		Case KeyCodes.KEYCODE_HOME
			Return True
	End Select
End Sub

Sub myPlay_Draw(c As Canvas, State As ABState)
	' the actual drawing, do NOT set a debug stop in here!

	'////////////// BEGIN Calculation stuff
	' calculate hero stuff depending on what buttons we pressed on the gamepad
	currentAction = ""
	If State.UsingActionPad Then
		' go into fight state
		If State.ACTION_X Then
			currentAction = "X"
		End If
		' go back to center
		If State.ACTION_Y Then
		End If
	End If

	Dim XMovement As Int
	Dim YMovement As Int
	If State.UsingJoystickPad Then
		XMovement = State.JOYSTICK_X*Speed
		YMovement = State.JOYSTICK_Y*Speed
		' update the hero's position and direction
		If XMovement<0 Then
			currentDirection = "LEFT"
			currentDirection = "RIGHT"
		End If
		Hero.SetPostition(Hero.x+XMovement, Hero.y+YMovement)
		currentIsStanding = False
		currentIsStanding = True
	End If

	' set the animation type
	Select Case currentDirection
		Case "LEFT"
			Select Case currentAction
				Case "X"
					If currentIsStanding Then
						Hero.StartSpriteSequence("GarStandingLeftFight", False)
						Hero.StartSpriteSequence("GarWalkingLeftFight", False)
					End If
				Case Else
					If currentIsStanding Then
						Hero.StartSpriteSequence("GarStandingLeft", False)
						Hero.StartSpriteSequence("GarWalkingLeft", False)
					End If
			End Select
		Case "RIGHT"
			Select Case currentAction
				Case "X"
					If currentIsStanding Then
						Hero.StartSpriteSequence("GarStandingRightFight", False)
						Hero.StartSpriteSequence("GarWalkingRightFight", False)
					End If
				Case Else
					If currentIsStanding Then
						Hero.StartSpriteSequence("GarStandingRight", False)
						Hero.StartSpriteSequence("GarWalkingRight", False)
					End If
			End Select
	End Select	

	' update the hero animation

	' move our backgrounds, does not make sense but shows the possibilities
	Dim newX, newY As Int
	Dim newMovementX, newMovementY As Int
	If currentIsStanding = False Then
		If currentDirection = "LEFT" Then
			newX = bgLayer.ViewX
			newY = bgLayer.ViewY
			If newX-newMovementX >= 0 Then
				newX = newX-newMovementX
			End If
			If newY-newMovementY >= 0 Then
				newY = newY-newMovementY
			End If
			bgLayer.SetLayerPostion(newX, newY)
			newX = bgLayer.ViewX
			newY = bgLayer.ViewY
			If newX+newMovementX <= bgLayer.OuterWidth - myPlay.Width Then
				newX = newX+newMovementX
			End If
			If newY+newMovementY <= bgLayer.OuterHeight - myPlay.Height Then
				newY = newY+newMovementY
			End If
			bgLayer.SetLayerPostion(newX, newY)
		End If
	End If

	'////////////// END Calculation stuff

	'////////////// BEGIN Drawing stuff
	'ok, all the calulations are done, let's draw!

	' draw the background layer with all its sprites on it and advance all sprite animations and walks
	myPlay.DrawLayer("background", c)

	Dim a As Int
	' draw the multitouch points that are not on the gamepad, no action here but just to show the possibilities
	For a = 0 To State.touchPoints.Size - 1
		Dim tmpP As ABTouchPoint
		tmpP = State.touchPoints.GetValueAt(a)
		c.DrawCircle(tmpP.X, tmpP.Y, 50dip, myColors(tmpP.id), True, 1dip)

	' draw the hero

	' draw the foreground layer with all its sprites on it and advance all sprite animations and walks
	myPlay.DrawLayer("foreground", c)
	'////////////// END Drawing stuff

	' NEEDED: very last line of the Draw event. Let ABPlay know it may process touches again!
End Sub

I’m not there yet, but it’s a good start. It needs a lot more testing and a lot of new features.

Until next time!

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A call to start dreaming again…

Star Trek Enterprise
2013. When I was a teenager this looked like a magic number. It was the eighties and a golden age for science fiction. We were born at the exact right time. The 21st century was just around the corner and we would get a glimpse of all the marvel that was going to unfold in front of us. I remember my brother and I making some sandwiches just before six o’clock so we wouldn’t miss a thing of our favorite show: Star Trek! When the opening sequence came on, we left planet Earth for 45 exciting minutes. Our heroes were solving an interstellar mystery every week: a PADD in one hand, a Tricorder in the other. Violence was wrong and only used as a last resort. Phasers to stun! We loved the stories and fantasied about the new technology exposed to us. And when dad gave us our first x86, the world was at our fingertips…

And it looked very promising all through the nineties. HAL spoke to us (with a much friendlier voice) and the internet became our realm. Every geek in the technology business had some sort of Star Trek memorabilia in their office. The stories of the writers/visionaries were coming alive! Part of our gadgets today came from the imagination of someone holding a pen in their hand. The PADDs became iPads and our smartphones became the new Tricorders. After TNG we continued our journey with DS9, Voyager and Enterprise. (If you come across the DVD boxes of any of those series, don’t hesitate. Buy them and you’re in for a real treat!)

And then it stopped… almost at the same time the final episodes of this great show rolled out on our TVs…

The first decade of the 21st century was nothing like what we were dreaming of. Yes, we got some of the gadgets our heroes used to save the galaxy, but at a price. Literally. How did the Ferengi ever come up with the Rules of Acquisition? I think they found the book on earth. Every ‘new’ thing is just like the old one. I don’t care for thinner or more lightweight. (I know your wet dream is to let us buy just air someday!)

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a synic. I just do miss my shows. I do not need another ultra-violent, incomprehensible and randomly twisted serie that is cancelled way too early. I want a good story with a wealth of imagination that makes me wonder when I’m lying in bed. Images that let me play around with new ideas and make me want to ponder on great inventions. Reaching for the stars at warp 9.7!

So this is a cry out to all science fiction writers. Please, please let us dream again. Humanity needs a new Star Trek. Desperately…


Basic4Android: Just got even better with version 1.9

The new version of B4A is here!

To celebrate the new version I have a coupon for the first 20 lucky readers who buy the Basic4android Enterprise Version for $49.5
instead of $99!

Folow this link Buy B4A Enterprise
and use coupon code: auxkmr

This version includes several important new features:

– Designer scripts – this is probably the most innovative feature added to Basic4android since the first version. It will make it much easier to support different screen sizes and resolutions.

As quoted from the B4A website:

One of the most common issues that Android developers face is the need to adopt the user interface to devices with different screen sizes.
As described in the visual designer tutorial, you can create multiple layout variants to match different screens.
However it is not feasible nor recommended to create many layout variants.

Basic4android v1.9 introduces a new tool named “designer scripts” that will help you fine tune your layout and easily adjust it to different screens and resolutions.

The idea is to combine the usefulness of the visual designer with the flexibility and power of programming code.

– B4A-Bridge – now supports Bluetooth connections as well as wireless connections.
– Java 7 JDK is supported.
– The logging system was improved and all error messages should now show in the filtered logs.
– List.SortType – new method that allows sorting items of custom types based on one of the type fields.
– Bug fixes and other minor improvements.

Read more on the new exciting scripts feature here.