Titanium SDK/Studio 3.1.0 Beta Now Available

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We’re very excited about our newest release of Titanium—version 3.1.0. Today we release a beta of both SDK and Titanium Studio—the newest version of our Titanium platform. This release focuses on performance. Not only are we introducing the successor to TableView in ListView, we’ve made the whole iOS and Android platform faster. How much faster?
  • Our new component, ListView, is multiple times faster than TableView
  • On iOS, we have an average 20% performance gain from 3.0.0 for the entire platform
  • On Android, we have an average 36% performance gain from 3.0.0 for the entire platform
In short, your apps should run better and faster under 3.1.0. Read on below, and for full information, please see the release notes. Note: This is a beta release, and as such may contain regressions or other issues. Please do not use it in production, and keep backups of all important projects and data. We will follow with additional releases in the coming weeks. If you find an issue, please report it in JIRA with a reproducible test case.

How to Update

These are links to continuous integration builds. To install them, choose “Help Menu > Install Specific Titanium SDK…” from inside Titanium Studio. To update Studio, please visit http://preview.appcelerator.com and follow the instructions to update to the RC stream, or to download a new install.

NPM Packages

Note: You may need to use ‘sudo’ before these terminal commands on OSX and Linux
npm install -g alloy@1.1.0-beta
npm install -g titanium-code-processor@1.0.0-beta
npm install -g titanium@3.1.0-beta
To revert back to stable versions:
npm remove -g titanium
npm install -g titanium
npm remove -g alloy
npm install -g alloy
npm remove -g titanium-code-processor
npm install -g titanium-code-processor

New Features in Titanium 3.1.0

The docs are all available at: http://docs.appcelerator.com/titanium/latest/ ListView This release introduces ListView, a new Titanium proxy to replace the existing TableView. Both list view and table view present data to user as a vertically scrolling list of rows. However, list view uses a data-oriented approach versus table view’s view-oriented approach. Alloy Updates New collection binding functionality has been added. You can now also get Alloy content assist and debug Alloy applications inside Titanium Studio. EventKit UI Framework The iOS EventKit framework, allowing access to calendar events and reminders, is now available inside Titanium. iOS6 Core Location AutoPause API The iOS AutoPause API pauses the location updates when an application goes into the background. We’ve implemented access to this new API in Titanium. iOS Retina simulator support The iOS simulator now allows you to choose to launch in Retina mode on demand, rather than needing to switch the simulator manually. A Slimmer Titanium Studio We’ve been working on making Titanium Studio as lean as possible. One step we’ve taken is to break the server-side language plugins (PHP, Ruby and Python) into separate optional installs. If you need them, just follow the links at http://preview.appcelerator.com to add them back in.

New Platforms

BlackBerry Our BlackBerry support will go into beta at the same time as 3.1.0 ships. Studio now supports creating projects as well as running them on simulator and device. Tizen Our newest platform, Tizen, is now a full member of the Titanium family. Use Tizen from inside Studio 3.1.0. Create projects and run on emulator and device.

New Modules

Facebook V3 (Android and iOS) Our Facebook module is now updated to be compatible with the latest V3 version of the Facebook API. Download the updated beta module here: Android and iOS. Google Maps V2 (Android) As mentioned previously, we’ve updated our Android maps module to support Google Maps V2. Download the latest beta here. Newsstand (iOS) Publish a magazine or periodical! We’ve developed a new module for interfacing with Apple’s Newsstand service. Download the beta module here. NFC (Android) You can now read NFC (Near-Field Communication) tags from inside Titanium applications. Download the beta module here.
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