TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Dec 96 URLs
Volume Number:12
Issue Number:12
Column Tag:Uniform Resource Locators

Uniform Resource Locators

By Jim Straus, URLs@mactech.com

Note: Source code files accompanying article are located on MacTech CD-ROM or source code disks.

Don’t hesitate to notify me at URLs@MacTech.com of any sites that you think would be of interest! As always, the full list is maintained on-line at http://www.mactech.com/URLs.html.

Web Watch

December is the time of holidays, so appropriately, we will look at games and tools for developing games. Games are often the leading edge of applications. They drive graphic requirements, sound requirements, responsiveness, and even user interface. A game has to be intuitive in its use, and seamless in its action. Also, some of the tightest code can be found in games as their developers try to squeak out that last little bit of performance. This column will give you a leg up on the competition building the next blockbuster game.

Jeremy Vineyard has put together a very nice site of information useful to game developers. He has included several useful pages including tips and techniques, graphics and design, and music. Jeremy is also looking for support for the site. If you can help, contact him.

Butterscotch http://www.viperware.com/butterscotch/

Jumbo has been mentioned as a site with multiple resources. In one area, they have games to download. In another area, they have information for developers. Their source library contains many games from Chess to asteroid games. There are also sources to 3D and sprite engines that could be the basis for your own games. If you want to see how some of the freeware games were developed, this library should be of assistance.

Jumbo (games) http://www.jumbo.com/pages/games/mac/

Jumbo (sources) http://www.jumbo.com/pages/programming/mac/development/source/

Apple’s game developer suite, Sprockets, has an abundance of good materials all bundled together. It has been mentioned before, but it is still a great resource for game developers. At the Sprockets web site, you will find information on network games, Quickdraw 3D, sound, input libraries, and more. They have also started to include links to other sites to help developers using Sprockets.

Sprockets http://dev.info.apple.com/games/

Happy Puppy is a site devoted to games. They have now introduced a section for game developers. Included are multiple links that would help a budding (or experienced) game developer. If you just like playing games, check out the main Happy Puppy site.

Happy Puppy Game Devel. http://www.happypuppy.com/games/devel/

If you find that one of your games is having problems, you should check out this site of many game upgrades and patches. Even if you’re not having trouble, you might want the latest version of your game. There are patches and upgrades for all platforms, not just the Mac, and fixes for a number of bugs.

Game Patches http://www.cdrom.com/~mr2/

Every game developer needs to keep up on their game playing skills. Here are a few sites with some of the best freeware and shareware games. You will also find demo versions for many commercial games.

Mac Shareware Games http://www.astro.psu.edu/users/carkner/mac.html

The Game Place http://www.melis.com/gamesplace/macgames.html

Finally, check out stroyWeb. Josie Bloom has gone out and found various stories (mysteries, romances, SF, comedy, horror, etc.) and written reviews and summaries. It is one way to idle away some time while on the web.

StoryWeb http://www.storyweb.com/cgi-bin/bestguml/homepage

Thanks this month to Josie Bloom, Spec Bowers, Harold Halbleib, Jeremy Vineyard, and many others for their contributions, their suggestions and pointers to both new and old sites.

Quickies

Internet Related

MacOS Java Runtime http://www.devtools.apple.com/mrj/

MFC (formerly Project X) http://mcf.research.apple.com/

Other Programmer Resources

Butterscotch http://www.viperware.com/butterscotch/

Happy Puppy Game Dev. http://www.happypuppy.com/games/devel/

Vendors, Products and Miscellaneous

Bowers Devel. (AppMaker) http://members.aol.com/bowersdev

Excel Software http://www.excelsoftware.com

MacInTouch http://www.macintouch.com/

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

How to build a successful civilisation i...
GodFinger 2 grants you godlike powers, leaving you to raise a civilization of followers. In the spirit of games like Black & White, the GodFinger games will see you building bigger and better villages, developing more advanced technology and... | Read more »
How to get all the crabs in Mr Crab 2
Mr. Crab 2 may look like a cutesy platformer for kids, but if you're the kind of person who likes to complete a game 100%, you'll soon realise that it's a tougher than a crustacean's shell. [Read more] | Read more »
How to be a star in Britney Spears: Amer...
If you've ever wanted to be a star, baby, then you've probably already checked out Britney Spears: American Dream and are happily making your way up the charts. But fame doesn't come easy, and everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. So we've got... | Read more »
AppSpy is hiring a part time Staff Write...
| Read more »
How to save lives in ER Surgery Simulato...
A serious earthquake has struck a nearby town in ER Surgery Simulator - Emergency Doctor, and it’s up to you to save the victims. [Read more] | Read more »
Tips and tricks to get a high score in G...
Ketchapp Games loves the endless runner genre. And its newest game, Gravity Switch, is no exception. Gravity Switch takes a fresh approach, though, as you move a block, suspended in zero gravity, safely through a maze of shifting pillars. If the... | Read more »
Tips and tricks to get a high score in S...
Smash Fu is a high-paced tile-tapping game that requires quick reflexes and some practice. You’ll have to smash bricks with the skill of a seasoned black belt to get a high score. To raise the stakes a bit, you’ll also have to avoid tapping any... | Read more »
How to keep the ball rolling in Dropple
If you're new to the minimalist puzzler Dropple, you may find yourself struggling to make it beyond the first couple of steps before your ball falls into the endless abyss below. [Read more] | Read more »
Game Craft releases new Legend of War ti...
Set for release at the end of this month, real time strategy title Legend of War seems sure to delight with a veritable feast of sweet features to get stuck into. Developed by Game Craft, the game is due for release through both the App Store and... | Read more »
How not to die in Traffic Rider
Traffic Rider, an Out Run-esque game in which your ride a motorcycle recklessly into trffic, might not seem particularly complicated. [Read more] | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Apple refurbished iMacs available for up to $...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: - 21″ 3.... Read more
Textkraft Professional Becomes A Mobile Produ...
The new update 4.1 of Textkraft Professional for the iPad comes with many new and updated features that will be particularly of interest to self-publishers of e-books. Highlights include import and... Read more
SnipNotes 2.0 – Intelligent note-taking for i...
Indie software developer Felix Lisczyk has announced the release and immediate availability of SnipNotes 2.0, the next major version of his productivity app for iOS devices and Apple Watch.... Read more
Pitch Clock – The Entrepreneur’s Wingman Laun...
Grand Rapids, Michigan based Skunk Tank has announced the release and immediate availability of Pitch Clock – The Entrepreneur’s Wingman 1.1, the company’s new business app available exclusively on... Read more
13-inch 2.9GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.9GHz Retina MacBook Pro (model #MF841LL/A) on sale for $1599 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $200 off MSRP. Amazon also has the 13″ 3.9GHz Retina... Read more
Apple price trackers, updated continuously
Scan our Apple Price Trackers for the latest information on sales, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers. We update the trackers continuously: - 15″... Read more
Clearance 12-inch Retina MacBooks available s...
B&H Photo has dropped prices on leftover 2015 12″ Retina MacBooks with models now available starting at $999. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Gray Retina MacBook... Read more
Check Apple prices on any device with the iTr...
MacPrices is proud to offer readers a free iOS app (iPhones, iPads, & iPod touch) and Android app (Google Play and Amazon App Store) called iTracx, which allows you to glance at today’s lowest... Read more
New 2016 13-inch 256GB MacBook Air on sale fo...
B&H Photo has the new 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB MacBook Air (model MMGG2LL/A) on sale for $1149 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $50 off MSRP. Amazon has the 13″ 1.6GHz/256GB... Read more
Apple refurbished iPad Air 2s available start...
Apple has Certified Refurbished iPad Air 2 available starting at $339. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 128GB Wi-Fi iPad Air 2: $499 - 64GB Wi-Fi iPad... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Nissan Service Technicians - Apple A...
Apple Automotive is one of the fastest growing dealer...and it shows. Consider making the switch to the Apple Automotive Group today! At Apple Automotive , Read more
ISCS *Apple* ID Site Support Engineer - APP...
…position, we are looking for an individual who has experience supporting customers with Apple ID issues and enjoys this area of support. This person should be Read more
Automotive Sales Consultant - Apple Ford Linc...
…you. The best candidates are smart, technologically savvy and are customer focused. Apple Ford Lincoln Apple Valley is different, because: $30,000 annual salary Read more
*Apple* Support Technician II - Worldventure...
…global, fast growing member based travel company, is currently sourcing for an Apple Support Technician II to be based in our Plano headquarters. WorldVentures is Read more
Restaurant Manager (Neighborhood Captain) - A...
…in every aspect of daily operation. WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: You'll be the Big Apple . You'll solve problems. You'll get to show your ability to handle the stress and Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.