Interactive Media 6: New Software for Programming

After today’s tutorial, I am so glad that we do not have to use Flash to create our app. From my past experiences, Flash has always given me headache and makes things much more complicated. I have tried several times creating just a single menu screen with button and it took me two days just for that. The coding, ActionScript 3.0, is hard to understand and requires certain knowledge of programming, making it less user friendly.

Luckily, I have been searching online for alternative software that specialises in Visual Storytelling and finally found a free one, that is available for Windows and Mac, while being able to export to iOS and Android for the final product. That software is called Ren’py.

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Ren’Py allows the user to easily create interactive storytelling using images, sound and text. It’s program employs Python as the programming language. This is one of the easiest language to learn and understand. I have tried my hands at learning it and is able to grasp everything much faster than ActionScript 3. There are fewer lines typed for the same functions, allowing me to dedicate most of my time on the art, music and story. This software simplifies many of the processes and there is even a built-in tutorial explaining what I EXACTLY needed to know to start creating interactive media storytelling, which saves me time from randomly searching online only to find answers that I don’t really need for my situation or usages.

Today, within 3.5 hours, I have already set up and created first few dialogues exchange between characters and also include some music. Normally, this would have taken me much longer to do in Flash, and doing it here makes it less error-prone, due to the simplicity of the programming language and the software. I will be doing more research on the Python language to ensure I am able to create our app on time.

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