Time for a quick update on your favorite mobile app development platform.

Last week, Apple announced iOS7 Beta at WWDC. A lot of cool stuff was shown. The interesting thing is that a lot of the “flat” UI that was demonstrated was exactly the kind of thing we saw some of you already creating using Corona’s graphics system.

Corona iOS 7 Beta device build

For example, this app was in the works before iOS 7 was even announced!

Apple’s NDA prevents me from talking too much about iOS7, but what I can say is that we will fully support iOS7. In fact, last week, starting in daily build 1141, you can try your app out on iOS 7 Beta. On the right, you just select “7.0 beta” from the iOS device build dialog in the Corona Simulator, and presto, you’ve got an app built against the iOS 7 Beta SDK that you can test on your own device.

I really recommend you do try out your apps on iOS 7. If the past is any indication, we expect iOS 7 to introduce regression bugs that affect all iOS developers, not just Corona developers. The sooner you know about them, the less you’ll be surprised when iOS 7 is finally released!

Corona SDK supports Facebook Connect
(Our lawyers will bug me about this, so let me just remind you that if you are using iOS 7 Beta, you must honor Apple’s developer membership rules.)

We also have upgraded Corona’s Facebook support on Android, so it’s on par with iOS. Now, you can run Facebook’s Scrumptious sample on Android just like you can on iOS.

We’re also working on adding Facebook monetization features like Mobile App Install Ads that can help drive more installations of your app and increase discovery, all things that will help you make more money with your app! This should be coming in a daily build later this week.

Corona-text-alignment
There were a bunch of other interesting checkins that you’ll notice in the daily build notes related to gaming, but the one I want to highlight is related to business apps or any app that’s dealing with lots of text.

In the next daily build, we are going to be giving more text alignment capabilities. You’ll be able to set left, center, right alignment on multiline text objects, the ones created by ‘display.newText()’. There will be more docs forthcoming on our daily build API docs. I’ll update here when they’re ready.

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Corona Weekly Update: iOS7 Beta, Text alignment, Facebook