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Tizen SDK Makes a New Beginning as Tizen Studio
Tizen’s SDK will be making a new start as Tizen Studio 1.0 on September 1, 2016.
Installing the new Tizen Studio allows developers to select necessary platforms and profiles. It will also allow developers to experience a fast and stable development environment, as well as a new UX and UI.
Applications for the recently released Gear S3 can be developed using Tizen Studio 1.0.
The existing Tizen SDK was released in accordance with the Tizen platform. Since there was an SDK program for each platform, this meant developers had to install several SDK programs if they wished to develop for several platforms. Therefore, it was often difficult for some to maintain, and managing related updates was also time-consuming.
Accordingly, following the release of the Tizen 2.4 SDK, attempts were made to integrate the whole process. Starting with Tizen Studio 1.0, users can select and install necessary platforms and profiles with a one-time installation. In addition, Tizen Studio has been made stable and lightweight through a platform version-up, and its usability has been improved through the overall improvement of both its UX and its UI.
From now on, version control will be used separately for the Tizen platform and Tizen SDK, and Tizen Studio can be downloaded from the Tizen Developer site (developer.tizen.org).
Improved Development Environment in Tizen Studio 1.0
1. Launching tools: Installer, Uninstaller, and Package Manager
While the old Tizen SDK involved a lot of unnecessary information and difficult error handling, the new Tizen Studio environment only conveys information necessary for easy development.
The information structure that made it difficult (beginning with the installation process) has been simplified, and heavy graphics have been scaled down.
2. Developing tools: IDE perspective theme, Project Wizard, Certificate Manager, and Menu and tool icons
Before the improvement, application development and testing were possible only after a seven-step certification process. After this, developers also needed to go through an additional Samsung certification process. With the new Tizen Studio, however, applications can be developed and tested without additional certification. A Samsung Certificate menu has also been integrated in the Certificate Manager section.
3. UI tools: UI Builder, Component Designer, and EDC Editor
Before the new improvements, usability was low since each UI tool had a different UX. With the new Tizen Studio, however, consistent UX and GUI have now been applied. Features have also been rearranged in order of common usage, allowing UI applications be developed easily, based on WYSIWYG.
4. Testing tools: Emulator
Before Tizen Studio, complex menu names and screen layouts in the previous SDK incarnation made it difficult for users to understand the emulator environment. In the new Tizen Studio, a consistent UX has been applied, a device template feature has been added and the filter feature for each profile has been improved.
5. Testing tools: Dynamic Analyzer
The layout of each feature has been improved and the graphic elements have been redefined. In addition, the layout scalability has been secured for new features (such as memory profiling and CLI).
Other improvements in Tizen application development environment
With the release of Tizen Studio 1.0, Tizen has reinforced its developer site content, improved its search engine, added 50 new improved-quality sample applications and enhanced its existing sample applications.
Tizen continues to strive to provide an application development environment that satisfies the needs of developers as the platform continues to evolve.