Installing Gideros Studio
This document provides information on how to download, install or upgrade Gideros Studio for various platforms. You'll also find the system requirements for each operating system.
Prerequisites for building for iOS and Android
You can use Gideros Studio standalone, without installing other 3rd party applications for building your application. This way you can evaluate the software, run your application under Gideros Player and see how it'll feel like. However it may not be possible to test some of the features that come with device, e.g gyro, compass, Game Center, etc.
To build for iPhone/iPad, you'll need the following:
- 64 bit Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Mac OS X Lion (for compiling and signing)
- Apple Developer License
In order to build for Android, you need the following (Note that none of the applications listed below are required to build iPhone/iPad applications. You can skip these steps if you are going to build for iOS devices)
- Java SDK
- Eclipse IDE
- Android SDK 2.1 or higher
- Android Development Tools (ADT)
- Google Developer License (also see Android developer's guide)
Install Java JDK
Java is required if you want to modify, enhance and build your application using Eclipse IDE.
To install Java JDK, follow these steps.
- Go to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
- Click on Java 7 JDK
- Choose your platform
After installing JDK, go to next step.
Eclipse is required to build APK files for Android. If you are not going to build for this platform, then you may skip this step.
To install Eclipse, do the following:
- Go to http://eclipse.org/downloads/
- Choose your operating system
- Choose either 32 or 64 bit, depending on your operating system, and download "Eclipse IDE for Java Developers".
- Extract the zip file to a folder
Eclipse is now ready to run.
Install Android SDK 2.1
Gideros Studio uses Android SDK 2.1 or higher, therefore Android applications built with Gideros Studio runs on devices running Android 2.1.
To install Android SDK, follow these steps:
- Go to http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
- Download and install the package for the platform of your choice.
- Run tools/android (Android SDK and AVD Manager)
- Click on Available Packages
- Install SDK Platform Android 2.1, API 7, revision 3
Install Android Development Tools (ADT) plugin for Eclipse
ADT extends Eclipse to let you quickly set up new Android projects, create an application UI, add components based on the Android Framework API, debug your applications using the Android SDK tools, and even export signed (or unsigned) .apk files in order to distribute your application.
Since Gideros Studio can export Java source code, you can pretty much do what's stated above, and modify your code before building the final APK (Android package).
Install ADT plugin for Eclipse using the installation steps defined here.
Download Gideros Studio
You can download Gideros Studio from Gideros Studio download page. Downloading and installing Gideros Studio is free. There you'll also see beta builds, and you are encouraged to use these, but make sure that beta software may contain some bugs.
Note: Gideros Studio for Windows enables you to build applications for iOS and Android. You can see your application running on Gideros Player, or better, see it on a real device by installing the player on iPhone, iPad or Android. For more information about how to deploy to a real device, see Deployment.
System requirements for all platforms:
- 1 Ghz processor
- 1 Gb RAM
- 210 Mb disk space for MS Windows
- 340 Mb disk space for Mac OS X
Install Gideros Studio
For MS Windows
Double click on the executable you downloaded and follow these steps:
- Choose destination folder
- Click install
That's it. Now go to Start Menu and click on "Gideros Studio".
For Mac OS X
In order to install Gideros Studio for Mac OS X, do the following:
- Double-click the .dmg file to mount it
- Drag and drop the Gideros folder into your Applications directory
Linux port of Gideros Studio is not ready yet, however you can install and run Gideros Studio under Linux using Wine (Windows Emulator). Details of this is given in Running Gideros Studio under Linux article