Creo 1.0b7

After many months of hard work we are really proud to announce a huge new beta release.
Beta 7 is feature complete and adds the ability to compile native iOS applications.

CreoPlayer has also been updated to version 1.0.5.
Complete version history is available here .


Creo beta 5.5

Creo b5.5 is available today with a lot of changes and improvements.
A full list of changes is available in the official Version History page.

The most important changes in this release are the new async non blocking database calls, the new Apple based Map control and the new Bluetooth controls. Bluetooth controls in particular are very powerful and with a minimal amount of work you can create very complex task (we’ll post detailed tutorials soon).

We know that we have to create more documentation, more tutorial and more examples and we are working hard on producing new content. Our plan (if no major issues will be reported for b5.5) is to release b6 with app ready to be submitted to Apple Store in January and then give more details about prices and an official release date.

We have really big plans with Creo and we hope you’ll be satisfied with all the news that will be announced soon. With Creo we have only one simple aim: “Reinvent how people develop mobile apps”.

Creo b5.5


A markdown editor built-into b5

As I already wrote, Creo b5 will be a very big under the hood update, that means that the foundation, the language and the functionalities will be much more stables and powerful. In b5 we are investing much of our time in non UI related changes. UI and UX changes will be applied to b6.

An exception to this statement was the SplitView work we did a couple of weeks ago and the new HTML/Markdown functionalities we added to text based controls like Label, TextField and TextView. With this functionality you can literally write a Markdown editor for iPhone/iPad without a single line of code.

Let me show you how powerful this new feature is:
 


Radio silence and upcoming b5

I am sure some of you are wondering what happened in the latest month, a month without an update and without any new blog post. Well, except for few days off, all the Creo team is working hard on the next b5.

Creo b5 will be an huge update with Gravity finalized and documented, with the iOS app released and with some important internal changes. For example Andrea has rewritten from scratch the SplitView navigation control and it is now even more powerful and useful. Take a look at this short demo about the new SplitView control that automatically creates the master view for you (you’ll be able to completely customize it).

 


OAuth-1 and OAuth-2 with Creo

In this tutorial we’ll create a simple Twitter reader (using the HTTPClient class and OAuth-1) and a Google Drive browser (using OAuth-2). Up until Creo b6 all these HTTPClient parameters cannot be dynamically accessed from the code so they must be statically set from the configuration panel. Just a couple of beta versions and we’ll extend dynamic properties to all the classes.

Twitter and OAuth-1

  • Create a new Twitter App from https://apps.twitter.com/
    Twitter1
  • Fill-in the fields with your app’s data. The Callback URL must be a valid HTTP URL and the callback locking option must be disabled to allow custom callback URLs in the requests.
    Twitter2
  • Get the Consumer Key and the Consumer Secret.
    Twitter3
  • In Creo, create a new HTTPClient instance with the Twitter parameters and the Consumer Key/Secret just obtained.
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  • Create a new request from HTTPClient instance (right click on HTTPClient1). Twitter offers a lot of API, in this example we’ll list the tweets from a user (https://dev.twitter.com/rest/reference/get/statuses/user_timeline).
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  • Finally, add a TableView and set your HTTP request as the DataSet.
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You can download a sample project from: http://media.creolabs.com/examples/Twitter.zip

Google Drive and OAuth-2

  • Create (if you don’t have one) a Google account and access the following url: https://console.developers.google.com
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  • Create a new project and enable the API you want to use (Google Drive API in this case).
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    Google3
  • Configure the OAuth consent screen with the details of your app.
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  • Create Credentials (OAuth client ID).
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  • Use the following parameters:
    Application Type: iOS
    Name: your app name
    Bundle ID: the identifier of your app configured in the Application inspector in Creo
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  • In order to be able to test the requests inside Creo you have to add another credentials for the Creo simulator with the following parameters:
    Name: CreoApp
    Bundle ID: com.creolabs.creo
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  • In Creo, create a new HTTP Client with the following parameters:
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  • Create a new request for this HTTP Client, for example to list the Google Drive file (API documentation: https://developers.google.com/drive/v3/reference/files/list#request):
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  • In order to customize your request, you could also configure the optional query parameters.
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  • Add a Table View and set your HTTP request as the DataSet.
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  • Enjoy your Google Drive inside Creo 🙂
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You can download a sample project from: http://media.creolabs.com/examples/Google.zip