We are very proud to announce a start of the beta cycle for the next Smart Mobile Studio release – 2.2. Amongst many other news (a full list of changes can be found at the end of this article), we are also presenting new distribution mechanism, a SmartUpdate program.
With SmartUpdate you can follow different Smart Mobile Studio distribution channels. At the moment, Beta is the only distribution channel but this will most probably change after the 2.2 is released. We plan to introduce at least a Stable channel that would distribute stable releases.
Of course, you’ll still be able to use the standard distribution mechanism – the installer – for stable releases but betas will only be released via the SmartUpdate.
Another big change in the 2.2 beta is that you can install it into a single folder. You can also run it from that folder and it will not interfere with other (stable) Smart installation on the same computer. This will greatly simplify the testing. Also, if you want to test Smart on different computers, you can just make a copy of that folder.
Please keep in mind that this is beta quality software and that problems are expected. Don’t open you production projects directly in Smart Mobile Studio 2.2 beta, but always make a copy first! As the beta is installed in a separated folder, it will not mess with your existing installation, but it may corrupt any project you open in the IDE. (We are pretty sure that it won’t, but such things have happened before and can happen again. That’s why we are beta testing before the release.)