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24 April 2012, 12:32

Appcelerator launches Titanium 2.0

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Zoom Titanium 2.0 adds support for the company's Cloud Services
Appcelerator Inc has announced the availability of version 2.0 of Titanium, its application framework, runtime platform and IDE. Using the framework, developers can create applications for the desktop and for mobile devices using the JavaScript-based platform to access native APIs that work on iOS, Android and HTML5.

The update is focused around bringing the company's freemium Cloud Services to the fore. The services are designed to allow developers to deliver applications without writing backend services and to include user identification and authentication, push notification, location awareness, photos and photo collections, and social networking features such as check-ins and likes.

The Titanium Mobile SDK 2.0.1 includes new documentation, support for the cloud services, the ability to composite layouts to help with cross platform UIs, Xcode 4.2 and iOS 5.1 support, and Android V8 and r19 toolset support. Details of the Mobile SDK changes are available in the release notes. The update also includes a release candidate for the Mobile Web SDK, which enables applications to run in an HTML5-browser-based environment.

The release of the updated SDK is accompanied by the release of Appcelerator's IDE Titanium Studio, based on Eclipse-derived Aptana Studio which the company acquired in January 2011. The new version includes support for the cloud services, improved module management, app store integration and content assistance for user-defined functions. Studio 2.0 is now based on Eclipse 3.7.2; further details of the changes are available in the release notes for Titanium Studio.

Titanium Studio 2.0.1 is available to download (registration required) for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the company's site, and a Quick Start guide is provided. Paid versions, which include support services and proprietary "Enterprise Extensions", are also available. The open source elements of Titanium are available from the company's GitHub repository. Source code for the Titanium Mobile SDK is released under version 2.0 of the Apache licence.

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