Chameleon – Getting iOS Apps To Mac Faster

ChameleonProjectI was catching-up on my reading on furbo.org and saw two great posts that touch on issues facing iOS app creators.

The first could be a real help to those in the iOS community who wish to port their iOS apps to the Mac. While there is a great deal of commonality between Cocoa and Cocoa Touch, there are some differences. So what is an entrepid iOS to do to get a great iOS app quickly over to the Mac? One way might be Chameleon. Simply put, Chameleon is an API that allows your UIKit calls to work as AppKit calls. Or as Iconfactory puts it,

    If you’re an iOS developer, you’re already familiar with UIKit, the framework used to create apps for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Chameleon is a drop in replacement for UIKit that runs on Mac OS X. In many cases, your iOS code doesn’t need to change at all in order to run on a Mac.”

That is pretty cool. In addition to the Chameleon library, you can pick up a really pretty t-shirt at Chameleon.

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