A few changes to be expected in the next LiveCode version (5.6 or 6.0?)

The announcement about the open-source version of LiveCode also reveals something of what the future version of LiveCode may look like. As you can see, the web option has been removed from the standalone applications settings. The first picture shows LiveCode 5.5.3 and the second picture shows what seems to be the next version. This was to be expected, because the web option hasn’t been available from the RunRev store for a while now.


The second picture is from a video and seems to be from a version actually being used by a RunRev team member.


Apparently, RunRev is working on an all-new IDE, which resembles XCode. This is only a prototype, which is supposed to be included with the open-source version of LiveCode. The actual IDE may look differently and it may take (quite) a few more versions for the complete IDE to be implemented.


It is interesting to see how the new look also resembles RealStudio somewhat, with the interface builder in the middle of the screen. This makes me wonder where RunRev got the inspiration from. I’m very surprised to see separate run and edit tabs in the top-right of the new IDE.


There was also an accidental post to the use list about an al-new properties inspector. I don’t know what this will look like, but apparently the new IDE doesn’t sport the unified interface as shown here just yet. In the above picture, the properties inspector seems to be all over the place, which confuses me. I would also think that there is no place for the standalone settings window in such an IDE and that’s why I think the new IDE won’t be ready for use in the next official version.


I don’t know if this is going to be version 5.6 or 6.0, but given the big visual changes, I’d go with 6.0.

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