by MARIN TODOROV Where would we be without the games? Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Peggle? Each one is as unique as they come, but they’re tied together to one simple principle: Cocos2d can make them. Cocos2d is the leading, open-source, royalty-free smartphone game engine. It’s easy to use, community-supported, reliable, mature, and over 1500 mobile iOS games have been published using it!
Why is Cocos2D so easy to use? Because you can play a sound effect, animate a flipping sprite, flash some rad custom font, all with just a couple lines of simple, pure Objective C code. No knowledge of OpenGL is required! Rotating, mirroring, parallaxing, scaling, tinting, sliding, jumping, and a Halloween-sackful of other effects are quickly at your fingertips.
Table of Contents
Over 18 lectures and 7 hrs of content!
Install and include Cocos2d for iPhone in your projects
Understand scene workflow in Cocos2d
Work with scene transitions
Put image sprites on the screen and manipulate their properties
Run animations and actions on your sprites
Chain and run simultaneously different actions
Build menus in Cocos2d
Plan and design a simple game
Develop simple games
and much more..
You will be expected to have beginner/medium understanding of Objective-C
You will need to work on a Mac computer with installed XCode 4.x+
You will need to be connected to the Internet
In his course, Marin Todorov takes a hands-on approach and walks you step-by-step through the process of building a complete game! After building this game, you’ll have all the coding knowledge you need to create the next gaming hit in the App Store!
About the instructor…
Marin Todorov is an independent iOS developer and publisher with 10 fun and innovative titles released on the App Store. He’s got experience in developing software on many different platforms- on the desktop, in the cloud and at present the iPhone. Marin was a university teacher for several years and also wrote a textbook on programming related to his course. He has published numerous technical articles in print and online media; his last larger contribution were a couple of articles on security and bundled databases to a book from Adobe and O’Reilly.
Marin is also very active in the iOS developer community – he’s regularly writing in his blog about iPhone development and the App Store in general: www.touch-code-magazine.com ; he also sometimes writes guest posts and tutorials on other popular websites.
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What Our Users Say:
“Thanks so much for your help. I’ve been using MovCaptioner for years and telling folks that you regularly update the software and offer amazingly responsive customer support. You’ve once again demonstrated that commitment, which along with MovCaptioner’s flexibility and ease of use convinced my program to order licenses for one of our teaching labs so that we can more effectively incorporate captioning into our digital media curriculum.”
“…Our crew member who uses the program captions all of our YouTube videos and was just hired by an outside company to caption their educational DVDs. The ability to use this program and to finally have a paying job means all the world to him and me. So thank you again.”
“I was so happy when I discovered MovieCaptioner! I work at Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Washington, and I have been captioning videos since 1983, when we got our first computer and it took nearly 60 hours to caption a 1-hour program! The advances in technology have greatly reduced the captioning process time, and with the option of using MovieCaptioner for captions or subtitles, it makes it an indispensible tool. I also love the feature of being able to export captions for use on YouTube!”
“We found out about MovieCaptioner via YouTube at a point in time when we wanted to increase the accessibility of our videos. We knew we wanted to add captions, and wanted the process to be as simple and streamlined as possible. We’ve been able to repurpose our voiceover text documents and import them straight into MovieCaptioner to quickly get our captions set up, and saved for YouTube use. Even though YouTube offers caption translation, in the future we’ll likely use MovieCaptioner to add translations of our own in additional languages.”
“Thanks for beeing really supportive on your excellent software. It is great to know that if there are any questions, you are right there to help. Thanks to MovieCaptioner I have subtitled all the last productions with German, English and French Captions. It is great. I export them as “.SUB” for YouTube use and “.SCC” for Iphone and Ipod use. The last projects we did here in Frankfurt, Germany, were dealing with sign language and deaf people. It is great to be able to produce barrier free with just simply adding captions. It is really not a big deal, thanks to MovieCaptioner. There is no reason not to create captions for a video – that goes out to everyone!!!”
“I just wanted to say thank you for making such a great piece of software. MovieCaptioner does one thing really well (captions) and has saved me “buttloads” of time in creating captions and translations for our videos.”
“Thank you again for a fantastic solution that my clients love and which saves me considerable effort and time!”
“Thank you for making a great program even better! I love the Nuance Dictate addition [MovieCaptioner works with Nuance Dictate for Mac so you don't even have to type!]. I am running a session for teachers on MovieCaptioner today with teachers and therapists here in Australia this afternoon.”
MacIntosh OSX 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7 (Windows version now available as well.)
QuickTime Pro 7.6.6 or higher required for embedding caption tracks (not required for creating transcripts, SMIL, or Flash XML files, etc.)
Flip4Mac plugin (free) required for loading Windows Media movies to create SAMI captions
Perian plugin (free) for QT required for loading FLV movies
A Few Questions for MovieCaptioner’s Developer, Pat Besong
1 What’s the most unique, useful feature of your product?
MovieCaptioner really streamlines the process of creating captions and transcripts by making the video run in a loop for 4 second intervals (this is adjustable). So, all you have to do is type what you hear, then hit the Return key and it moves on to the next few seconds. It’s almost addicting in a way, because you’ll think, “I’ll do one more,” but maybe it’s mid-sentence, so you think, “I’ll just finish the thought.” Pretty soon you’re halfway through your movie.
2 Why did you create this app? or What need were you trying to satisfy?
I created MovieCaptioner out of frustration with some other software created for captioning movies. It was either too clumsy to use, didn’t work on a Mac, or cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. It’s been quite a popular piece of software for small video companies and universities.
3 What is most interesting to you about developing SW for the Mac platform.
I’ve been using a Mac since they first came out (Apple Lisa), so I’m a true Mac guy. I like to be able to create something that other Mac users can use to make their work easier.
4 What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of your product?
Ease of use and efficiency is the name of the game in creating captions. Watch the Getting Started With MovieCaptioner video (above) and get a feel for how the process works. It’s really very easy once you see it in action. There are more tutorial videos on my website as well. There is a Help menu that launches the manual, so it should be easy to find what you’re looking for. And of course, I’m always an email away if you have any questions.
5 What are some interesting experiences you’ve had creating new versions of your software when OS is upgraded?
I’ve had a couple of times when Apple has thrown me a curve. Most notably when Snow Leopard came out I found out that the default version of QuickTime installed with Snow Leopard did not have the QuickTime Pro functionality that QuickTime 7 has, which is necessary for doing embedded QuickTime text captions.
6 What features would you like to add to your product that at this time seem improbable/impossible?
I’ve recently completed a Windows version and it can do most things that the Mac version can do. I am also working on adding a Spell Check, but that’s still not done. My suggestion to users for now is to export a Transcripts (with timecode) file and open that in Text Edit or some other application that has a built-in spell check. By using the transcript with timecode, you will be able to easily find the words in your MovieCaptioner project by referencing the timecode.
7 What would you like a user to ask you?
Can I buy more licenses? I’m kidding. While I’ve had many repeat customers and customers that have upgraded to a site license, I really appreciate it when users ask “Hey, can you get it to do this?” Most of the features in MovieCaptioner are a direct result of user feedback and requests. I do listen to what people say and if it makes sense (and I think I can do it), I’ll try to add that feature to the next version. I use MovieCaptioner myself (it’s called “eating your own dogfood”), so I’m open to any suggestions that will make the software better.
8 What should I ask that I’m forgetting?
Maybe how big SynchriMedia is? I’m just one guy who does this in his spare(?) time, believe it or not. I’m not even a programmer by trade. My degree is in Art. I’m not the best programmer in the world, but I do what I can. Somehow I keep finding a way. I think the creativity of an artist lends itself well to programming in this regard.
9 What are the answers to some common questions people have about your app before they buy?
I usually recommend that people copy their movies to their main hard drive before starting a project. This is so the Preview text files can be written to the same folder as the movie, and so that there aren’t any write-permission problems or file path problems that may occur if the movie is on another drive. As I’m not an expert on the broadcast production end of things, I usually point users to the Creative Cow captioning forum, where there are lots of people who do this sort of thing daily.
Using a low resolution (320×240) movie is usually sufficient for creating captions (for better performance) and you can always swap out to a higher resolution version before exporting.
Also, if you want to change the font or size of a previously set caption you need to remember to click either the Change Selected Caption(s) or the Change All Captions button to effect the change.
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