Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — Lanica today announced the acquisition of Loqheart's Spriteloq plugin to bring Flash animation to mobile development.
Spriteloq will be renamed Animo, and will allow Flash animators to retain their skills when creating mobile apps. The plugin exports SWF Flash animations into convenient sprite sheets that can be used with a variety of mobile development frameworks, including Lanica's new Platinoâ¢ game engine for Appcelerator's Titanium platform.
Animo's acquisition is considered a strategic move between Lanica and Loqheart to increase mobile opportunities for the vast Flash community.
"We know Flash developers want to create mobile apps, but they don't all want to use the same framework to do so." said Lanica co-founder/CEO Carlos Icaza. "So, we thought it’d be extraordinary if we could give them the chance to use their skills with any tool of their choice — and we have Loqheart to wholly thank for that."
Lanica launched as a company just a few weeks ago via mobile dev startup Appcelerator's new Innovation Fund. Nevertheless, both Lanica and Loqheart have full confidence in the new acquisition.
"There aren’t too many people who know Flash like Carlos does," said Loqheart co-founder Don Quach, referring to Icaza's past experience as manager of Adobe's mobile Flash unit. "So, we know Animo will be in good hands with Lanica and benefit greatly from everything they bring to the table."
Animo will be available from Lanica starting November 16. The company also added that a public beta for its Platino game engine will be rolled out within the next two months.
About Lanica Founded in June 2012, Lanica will allow new and existing Appcelerator developers and enterprise customers to create new and engaging mobile gaming experiences.
Co-founders Carlos Icaza (former co-founder and CEO of Ansca Mobile, makers of the Corona SDK) and Kota Iguchi (former CEO of Infosia, makers of the successful Emo-Framework game engine) built Lanica's Platinoâ¢ game engine on top of OpenGL ES 2.0, and natively in C++. Platino provides a full physics engine based on Box2D, an isometric engine, particle effects, shaders, image filters, an advanced rendering pipeline built from scratch, and more.
Lanica is funded by the Appcelerator Innovation Fund and hosted out of Appcelerator's headquarters in Mountain View, California.
About Loqheart Loqheart is a mobile startup headquartered in San Francisco, California.
The company is a team of two entrepreneurs who have a rich background in engineering, human-centered design, and crafting casual and social games. Loqheart is taking this user-experience expertise and applying it to game development tools, empowering Flash developers everywhere to quickly and efficiently get their applications to market.
About Appcelerator Appcelerator’s Titanium is the leading mobile platform of choice for thousands of companies seizing the mobile opportunity.
With more than 50,000 applications deployed on 80 million devices, the award-winning Titanium platform leverages over 5,000 mobile device and operating system APIs to create native iOS and Android apps, and HTML5 mobile web apps. Customers who standardize on the Titanium platform get to market 70% faster and can quickly optimize business results with analytics-driven insights into user behavior and app performance. Open and fully extensible, Titanium makes it easy to integrate data, content and services from a variety of sources into mobile applications to leverage best-of-breed capabilities. Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS) provides instant social, location, communication and content features for user-centric mobility.
Appcelerator's worldwide ecosystem includes 350,000 mobile developers and hundreds of ISVs and integration partners.