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Release 2.8.2: Easier Plugin Integration & Debug Menu Improvements

By Michael

V-Play 2.8.2 is now available to all V-Play users for free. This update offers a range of improvements to the SDK to make plugin integration and testing simpler for developers. It also features a number of minor fixes for V-Play Apps components. You can update now to check out the improvements for yourself.

Update Now!

If you’re not an existing V-Play user, you can download the SDK for free.

V-Play Plugins

The release of V-Play 2.8.2 means a drastic improvement in the way 3rd party plugins are added to mobile apps and games.

Using V-Play Plugins before 2.8.2 required you to install the plugin libraries from an additional repository in the Maintenance Tool. Beginning with V-Play 2.8.2, plugins are part of V-Play Engine libraries. This reduces the necessary amount of code and time it takes to integrate plugins.

Plugins

With V-Play Plugins, you can monetize your app or game. Admob, Chartboost and Soomla allow you to advertise and enable in-app purchases.

Google Analytics is an industry-standard plugin for measuring user events. Flurry, Infinario and HockeyApp also allow you to gather data on user interactions.

The Facebook plugin and the V-Play Game Network allow you to increase retention by engaging users. All of the V-Play Plugins are available with the V-Play Indie License.

If you’re already using V-Play Plugins, you can check out our migration guide for using the new integration method. This migration guide is only for pre-existing V-Play Plugins users.

Debug Menu Improvements

V-Play recently added a Debug Menu that enables quick UI and UX testing. V-Play 2.8.2 has improved this feature for both apps and games. The Debug Menu now reduces the application window for resolutions that don’t fit on screen.

In addition, the UI is now scaled to simulate the selected device.

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The Debug Menu allows for better testing of games and apps during development builds: you can easily switch between different platforms and screen resolutions while testing on desktop machines.

You can choose between Desktop, iOS and Android themes and see the differences instantaneously, even when the app is running, without needing to re-run the app or have a real device for testing.

Fixes

V-Play 2.8.2 includes two fixes:

  • A Sample Launcher issue with Theme initialization when running app demos.
  • A bug on Android 4 devices that caused the home button to stop working.

How to Update

Test out these new features by following these steps
Step 1

Open the V-Play SDK Maintenance Tool in your V-Play SDK directory. Choose “Update components” and finish the update process to get V-Play 2.8.2 as described in the V-Play Update Guide

If you haven’t installed V-Play yet, you can do so now with the latest installer from here.

Step 2

The V-Play Sample Launcher allows you to quickly test and run all the open-source examples and demo apps & games that come with the V-Play SDK, from a single desktop application.

After installing V-Play, you can start the V-Play Sample Launcher from the application shortcut in your V-Play SDK directory.

V-Play Sample Launcher

Now you can explore all of the new features included in V-Play 2.8.2!

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