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Everyone in the world can code. Let’s start now!

Update: Stretch Goals

We made it! A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign so far. We still have some great rewards and great stretch goals. There is still a little time left to pledge.

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What is this Kickstarter Campaign About?

Have you ever had an idea for an app but don’t know how to code?

Have you ever wanted to learn how to code but found it too difficult?

Have you ever been frustrated by how long it takes to write an app?

Are you frustrated with the current state of computer science education in high school?

Do you want to help establish coding as a new form of literacy?

Are you interested in a better way to write software for your company?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then we need your help.

In 1987 Apple created a program called HyperCard. If you haven’t heard of it, all you need to know is that tens of millions of end user programmers used it. It was the easiest and most popular end user programming environment ever created, before or since.

LiveCode is like a next generation version of HyperCard. It is used to create #1 one app store apps, real-time flight booking systems and control satellites. It is used to create simple one off apps and utilities to solve day-to-day problems.

There are some things it can’t do – yet. This project is to create a next-generation LiveCode.

Our vision is that this new next-generation LiveCode will be free and open source.

It will run on every popular platform and device.

It will let you write programs in English.

And by being open, its English language programming will be extensible to any computing problem out there. That's a world first.

If you couldn’t code before, LiveCode is the answer. If you’ve used the existing version of LiveCode before and it didn’t do everything you needed, this next-generation version has you covered.

What is LiveCode? Our story.

Computer Science Students Love LiveCode

Almost a quarter of secondary schools in Scotland are now teaching with LiveCode.

Every school that has used LiveCode for more than a year has seen a doubling of uptake in advanced computer science classes!

By supporting this project, you’ll be helping create a version of the platform even more suitable for teaching.

It will be free for schools and universities worldwide.

We believe that computational thinking and programming is a key form of digital literacy and that enabling a new generation to write interactive software is critically important in today's economy.

Students use LiveCode to create games and apps for their own smartphones and tablets. Although the LiveCode language is easy to use, it is a sophisticated and complete programming language suitable for teaching all aspects of computational thinking needed for this age group, even including advanced concepts for older students (e.g. arrays, parameter passing by reference). 

The open source edition of LiveCode will be free and available to schools globally. Read more about LiveCode in Education.

What is your money going toward?

We need to raise £350,000 to fund an experienced team to do this right.

We will re-engineer the whole platform so it is easy for the community to contribute to the code base. Did you know that Linux only took off after a version of it was created that was modularized with a kernel? We’ll be doing the same to LiveCode. If you’re technical, you can read all about this here.

We will introduce a new technology called “Open Language”. With Open Language, the more technical members of our community can create English-like words and phrases to enable everyone to write programs that use any aspect of a computer or device. If you’re technical, you can read all about that here.

We will introduce a new visual editor designed around today’s usability standards. The editor will be open. The more technical members of our community can create simplified versions of the editor for tablets or primary schools.

Here is a screenshot of the prototype:

When Will it Be Completed?

Within a month of the campaign closing we will launch the Community Edition with the source code. That version will have the source code as it is today. This will provide everyone who has made a pledge access to the platform.

Over the following few months we will be hard at work on the main goal of creating the next generation of the platform. We will restructure the code into modules that plug into a new kernel and deliver this version for testing over the summer. Once that is complete the community will be able to contribute to the source code easily.

Technical Summary of Kickstarter Deliverables

We are going to use the Kickstarter funding to deliver the next generation of the entire LiveCode language and visual development environment. To do this we need to do some packaging and updating, including:

  • Packing the source code into community-friendly modules
  • Optimize the execution engine and some older components
  • Add a clean architecture to allow new language plugins to be developed
  • Create a new, beautiful graphical front-end for building your apps

The scope of these tasks is considerable. We will be reorganizing some half a million lines of C++ code, running on six platforms - Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and Server, into straightforward modules that plug into the new kernel. We will be porting our English-like syntax into a new uniform virtual machine layer and adding a way to let the community add its own syntax. Another team will be working on re-designing the visual editor in parallel to make the platform even easier to get started with and use!

While we will be making the code base available in its current form immediately, these important changes will take the platform to the next level, and make it much easier for the open source community to make contributions. At the end of this we will have a beautiful, consistent and openplatform.

Stretch Goals

We have designed the project to be flexible and there is so much more we can add to the new Open Source platform.

We have some truly amazing stretch goals - features for students, for gamers, for commercial companies and more. Supporting our stretch goals will let us deliver the future to you much faster. Example stretch goals include a brand new multimedia layer, new sprite capabilities and support for additional platforms!

We have goals covering virtually every enhancement request our customers have ever made, so please stay tuned.

Who You Will Be Working With

The LiveCode Team - click to learn more about us
The LiveCode Team - click to learn more about us

Rewards

Every pledge you make is so important to the success of this exciting project and we have developed fantastic rewards to thank you for your support.

Everyone who contributes more than £12 ($20) will get a complete set of LiveCode Training Academies where you can learn everything you need to know to create your own app or game.

The pricing in euros and US dollars is an estimate and your actual conversion rate may vary slightly.

Please Make a Pledge. Thanks very much for your support.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There is no doubt that this is a massive project. Like every software engineering project of this scope, careful planning is needed. Our experienced team of LiveCode experts have spent months planning out the delivery of this project. Everyone is looking forward to the challenge.

With your support we will deliver the next generation, open source LiveCode and bring coding to everyone.

Thank you so much for your support.

FAQ

  • You can make:

    - Games

    - Mobile apps

    - Desktop apps

    - Server apps

    - Utilities and data processing tools

    - Database front ends

    - And much more

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  • Check out this http://eurotalk.com/apps/en/age3-5/maths/.

    LiveCode is used around the world to create a broad range of commercial software applications which solve real world problems.

    Apps built include:

    - Landsat 7 Satellite On-Orbit Flight Automation Systems

    - Airline booking systems

    - Digital Visual Acuity Systems

    - Legal Practice Management Systems

    - Document and Records Management Systems

    HR - Payroll and Logistics Management

    - Retail Sales Management and Stock Control Systems

    - Pediatric Emergency Medical Systems

    - Web Publishing Software

    - Pipe Blockage Location Detection Systems for Utilities and Petrochemical companies

    ...and many more.

    Commercial customers tell us that they choose LiveCode because it enables them to deliver their projects in a fraction of the time and cost when compared to other multi-platform frameworks such as those based on HTML5.

    http://www.runrev.com/Showcase/showcase/

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  • The source-base for the open-source and commercial versions are the same - its just a different license. The next generation re-architecture that we've described in this project will apply to both. The entire platform as it exists today will be open, the only thing missing from the open source version will be the script security module.

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  • The open source edition lets you create open source software, the commercial edition lets you create closed source apps. Please see our in depth licensing FAQ page for more information:

    http://runrev.com/home/ks1/…

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  • The Open Source version of LiveCode will be available under GPL v3 (General Public License v3).

    This license is ideal for teaching and learning programming and logical thinking as well as creating open source apps, games and utilities, for automating in-house business processes, crunching data and creating server applications.

    We have selected the GPL because it encourages sharing by ensuring that any applications created with it are also open.

    We will continue to provide a commercial version of LiveCode under a separate license for those creating closed-source commercial software. We will continue to drive and support the future of the new Open Source platform long after this Kickstarter project is finished.

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  • Please see our in depth http://runrev.com/home/ks1. We also have a section for existing customers within that FAQ.

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    Thank You for your Pledge - Everyone at RunRev loves you! All Backers receive the Full Community Edition of LiveCode once the project is delivered + a KICKSTARTER BACKER BADGE on the LiveCode forums (forums.runrev.com). We invite you to join our forums where you can discuss the project and interact with the Development Team. Approx $5 USD

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    £3 Reward Tier + Full access to our successful GAME ACADEMY, our highly acclaimed APP ACADEMY & BRAND NEW for KICKSTARTER: MAKE THE SHEEP HERDER GAME ACADEMY + a BEHIND THE SCENES DOCUMENTARY on the MAKING OF LIVECODE. With over 70 videos, sample scripts and assets, you will have everything you need to get started creating your own apps! (Academies Delivered in March & Documentary Delivered in May 2013.) Approx $20 USD

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    £12 Reward Tier + APP ACADEMY EBOOK. Get the entire App Academy as a handy printable PDF eBook, filled with pages of content on how to create your app, access device features and so much more. Approx $35 USD

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    £22 Reward Tier + Attend NEW ONLINE ACADEMY. Take part in Live Webinars with our experts choosing between courses 'How to build a new eBook Based Game' or 'Building a Database/Cloud App'. (Also available on replay recorded.) Approx $55 USD

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    £33 Reward Tier + High School Teacher Training 1 Day UK Workshop. Learn how to use LiveCode in your classroom. You must be able to travel to Edinburgh on the day of the Workshop. (Includes lunch, but not travel and accommodation costs).

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    £33 Reward Tier + LiveCode FULL COMMERCIAL LICENSE - 3 MONTHS for ALL Platforms! Use ANY TIME in 2013 to BUILD a CLOSED SOURCE app. Plus both NEW ACADEMIES (eBook, Database/Cloud), VIP FORUM BADGE and YOUR NAME in the LiveCode CREDITS. Approx $115 USD

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    £70 Reward Tier + 10 TEMPLATE APP GRAPHICS DESIGNS and a set of 50 GENERAL PURPOSE APP ICONS, complete with original PSD Files + 1x EXTERNAL of your choice from the MERGEXT COLLECTION + LIVECODE MOBILE DEVELOPMENT EBOOK by Colin Holgate + Limited Edition POSTCARD from the Team AND a Limited Edition LIVECODE EMBOSSED MOBILE PHONE SLEEVE Including FREE Worldwide Shipping. Approx $240 USD

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    £150 Reward Tier + 1 YEAR COMMERCIAL LICENSE ALL PLATFORMS (extends ANY license end date by 1 year for existing customers) + Limited Edition LIVECODE PLAYING CARDS full of Tips & Hints + Limited Edition "I KICKSTARTED LIVECODE" T-SHIRT! Approx $499 USD

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    £320 Reward Tier + SUPERCHARGED BUNDLE of COLLECTORS EDITION BOX Including: 1 YEAR COMMERCIAL LICENSE ALL PLATFORMS, New & Revised PRINTED LIVECODE SYNTAX DICTIONARIES with hundreds of updated language terms after final Kickstarter project delivery, Printed Edition LIVECODE MOBILE DEVELOPMENT BOOK by Colin Holgate PLUS our MARKETPLACE BUNDLE Including Commercial Licenses for: SQL YOGA, THE FULL SET OF MERGEXT EXTERNALS, ANIMATION ENGINE and MOBGUI. This Limited Edition Kickstarter-Only Box Set will include the First Edition of the Community Source Code + Commercial Edition Boxed Copy signed by the RunRev Team. Everything you need to create powerful commercial apps! Approx $1024 USD

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    £640 Reward Tier + PREMIUM RUNREVLIVE2013 CONFERENCE TICKET - Including Luxury Accommodation. You must be able to travel to and attend the Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland from 14th to 17th of May 2013. (Does not include travel costs to and from the conference). Approx $3,000 USD

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    £640 Reward Tier + 1 YEAR ENTERPRISE LICENSE* - You will receive Commercial Source Access, Premium SLA based Technical Support and Priority Bug Fixes. (Replaces the Commercial LiveCode License in lower tier.) Approx $5,000 USD

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    £3,125 Reward Tier + 2 Days in our Edinburgh Office with Chief Technical Officer, Mark Waddingham. The ideal package for assistance with the most advanced technical uses of LiveCode. (Travel not included.) Approx $7,850 USD

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    £3,125 Reward Tier + 3 Days in our Edinburgh Office with LiveCode Product Manager, Ben Beaumont. A great option for help with app or user experience design. (Travel not included.) Approx $7,850 USD

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    £3,125 Reward Tier + 2 Days Small Business Mentoring with Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Miller. The ideal way to gain entrepreneurial mentorship with your app development and marketing strategy. A total of 2x Days (16 Hours) in our Edinburgh Office or via Skype over a 1 year period. (Travel not included.) Approx $7,850 USD

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