Edinburgh, Scotland – RunRev announced that the company’s campaign on Kickstarter to create a next generation, free and open source edition of the award winning LiveCode programming environment passed 50% funding. The campaign has been backed by prominent industry figures including Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and Robert Cailliau, co-developer of the WWW.
Cory Doctorow, Sci-fi author and blogger said “I loved Hypercard, and have been impressed by Runtime Revolution. A free/open version (they’re promising GPLv3) would be a serious force for good on earth.”
Industrial Toys, a startup by co-Creator of popular game Halo, have just announced a new interactive graphic novel for iOS, Morning Star Alpha, created in LiveCode. In backing the LiveCode Next Generation project, Tim Harris, president of Industrial Toys, said: “Everything has turned out nice and smooth. We couldn’t be happier.”
Support has been received from the educational sector. Kate Farrell, chair of Computing At School Scotland said: “I am delighted that RunRev are doing this Kickstarter campaign. … As a nation we are facing a difficult situation for Computing in schools. … Having LiveCode will help teachers teach programming in a more engaging way … pupils can put their programs onto their phones and … publish them to the world rather than learning and achievement being trapped in the classroom…LiveCode being open source WILL made a difference in our schools!”
In the last few days, RunRev created a proof of concept port of LiveCode to the Raspberry Pi to further improve the utility of the platform in schools.
Kevin Miller, CEO of RunRev said “It’s been incredible to see the community rally around our quest to take the platform to the next level and also go open source. We’re really excited at the way the campaign is helping to bring Next Generation LiveCode to a much broader audience.”
With six days left to run, the company stated that “this is a nail biting finish to an ambitious project”. If successful, this will be the largest total for a UK technology project raised on Kickstarter to date.
RunRev makes the LiveCode cross-platform development environment for building sophisticated mobile, cloud, desktop and server applications. The company aims to open doors with technology by empowering people to create apps through an intuitive and easy-to-learn programming language. The LiveCode natural language and graphical interface delivers instant results which solve real world needs and appeals to a wide range of users including hobbyists, educators, public and private sector organizations. Considered a modern descendent of HyperCard, LiveCode offers a robust yet flexible path to cross-platform app creation. For more information, please visit RunRev online. Copyright (C) 2013 RunRev Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.