HyperCard-like revMobile won’t be on iPad

May 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm 3 comments

RunRev, which produces a cross-platform HyperCard-superset tool (e.g., you get HyperTalk and stacks and cards, plus Web and other media enhancements), had announce RevMobile for iPhone and iPads.  The new Apple announcement nixes that, despite Steve Jobs’ announcement that he’d love HyperCard for the iPad.  If they’re interpreting the agreement right, one can’t use tools that generate Objective-C, C++, or JavaScript.

As you may know, on the 8th of April, Apple changed the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, which impacts our development of revMobile. The new agreement added a clause which required that applications be originally written in Objective-C, C++ or JavaScript. As revMobile applications are originally written in revTalk, not in one of these languages, their policy changes effectively prohibit revMobile on the iPhone/iPad. The new clause also prohibits frameworks and compatibility layers, which also describes revMobile in its present form.

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  • 1. Alan Kay  |  May 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    If so, seems really crazy to me.

    And, would Apple for example actually differentiate between a programmer transliterating from some other programming language to the “chosen 3” versus a program doing the work?

    What if the transliterating program is written in one of the “chosen 3”?

    RunRev is a bit too much like classic Hypercard for 2010, but it is definitely the kind of omnibus app that iPad users (especially with no multi-tasking) would find extremely useful. (Not to mention the scriptability for many purposes ….)



    • 2. Darrin Thompson  |  May 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      Check out appcellerator’s titanium tool. They generate code and they’re still getting apps approved last I checked.

      It seems to be purely anti-flash/anti-adobe thing.

  • 3. Mike Byrne  |  June 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Actually, the terms were just modified, and this might now be OK:



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