Besides Adobe Photoshop, Kwik also requires CoronaLabs’ Corona SDK installed in a Mac or PC. If you plan to develop applications for iOS, you will need a Mac computer (you cannot create apps for iOS on a PC) and a membership from the iOS Developer Program. For publishing Android apps on Google’s Play (old Marketplace), you will need also a membership from Android’s Market. The same applies for Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Color.
Using Kwik is probably the easiest part of creating your comic, ebook or application (app). However, becoming a member of Apple and/or Android’s developer programs, creating certificates, and publishing your app are not so simple tasks. Although this document does not cover these tasks, it points you to several external sources that may help you (check the External Resources page).
Installing Corona and XCode
Before installing Kwik, certify that you have Corona (and in the case of running on a Mac, XCode either). To install XCode on your Mac, go to http://developer.apple.com/devcenter/ios. The installation is free. However, to send your final app to the AppStore or test it on your device, you will need to pay the Program Membership.
In order to install Corona, simply go to http://www.coronalabs.com, click the Download button and follow the instructions.
We suggest you to check the Docs, available at http://developer.coronalabs.com/resources/docs, as they provide lots of good tips and tricks on how to use and learn Corona. You don’t need to install the Android SDK. Corona does it for you.
Kwik’s installation file is available at www.kwiksher.com, as well as inside the Tools folder, under the Corona’s SDK installation folder.
You will need Adobe Extension Manager application to install Kwik. It is usually installed with your Photoshop or Creative Suite installation, but it is also available at http://www.adobe.com/exchange/em_download. Please certify that you have the correct Extension (if you are using Photoshop CS5, the Adobe Extension Manager CS5 must be used, if you have Photoshop CS5.5, use the CS5.5 version of the product).
You can follow this video to see the installation:
If you prefer to read:
1. Open Adobe Extension Manager
2. Click Install
3. Point to your kwik.mxp file (starting in version 2.5, Kwik uses zxp files) - if you download it from our site, unzip the kwik.zip file first
4. Accept the agreement and it is done.
Inside you Photoshop folder, you must be able to see:
- Kwik.mxp file (starting in version 2.5, Kwik uses zxp files)
- A folder called Kwik created under Plugins/Panels folder
Now you are ready to use Kwik!