All the plugins are now compiled for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can use them with ShiVa Editor 2.0 on the platform of your choice.

Why?

I have programmed a lot of games during the past years and I've aquired a nice experience with ShiVa. Each time I have a new game to do, there are things that are similar to the previous games I did, some identical features, some identical problems too...

That's why I've decided to create these packs that can be included to a game to not have to reinvent the wheel each time I have a new game to do. Each pack is independent. It does a single task, but it does it well. With these packs, you (and I) will save a lot of time and by using packs your code will become much more readable, also more maintainable.

What is it?

Packs are the easiest and most effective way to add new features to your game.

What I call a 'pack' is a .stk file. This kind of file is not only used to hold the ShiVa game that will be executed, but can also contain independent resources. The pack can be loaded at runtime by the game in order to use the resources it contains.

The main objective of the packs provided here is to allow games to embed complex behaviours with very simple implementation. A pack can provide features that are very difficult to develop but thank to these packs you'll get the thing with only a few lines of code. The development time you save is just huge.

How does it work

The use of these packages is very simple: place the .stk file in your project directory, load it and use it.

To facilitate the loading step of these packs, you will find below a file named JPPackLoader allowing you to load these packages with a single line of code.

At publish time, you just have to add the packs into the "Additional files" section of the Authoring Tool.

Pack vs Plugin?

Packs can contain any kind of ShiVa resources (AIModels, textures, models, ...). However, most packs you'll find below contain only AIModels. Just like plugins, packages can create new script APIs, so what differences are there with plugins?

The packs have two disadvantages: the completion is not available for their APIs (Ctrl+Space shortcut not available and no LUA colorisation) and they only work with LUA projects (no C++ compilation). This last point is actually an advantage against the plugins because it allows the pack to be compatible with all platforms because there is no need to recompiled it, which also means that the packages are already compatible with platforms that have not been released yet!

Another advantage for the packs, their very small size. Let's compare the pack JPTweener to the Tweener plugin (available in the officiel ShiVa 3D Store): they both provide the same functionalities but JPTweener is only 25KB while the plugin is 4.5MB!

In fact the lack of completion and API colorization is not a problem because there's a workaround. For each pack available on this site, a "LUA extension" is prodided which is a "small plugin" that will provide you the completion and colorization, and you will use it only while in ShiVa Editor, it won't be exported. The combination of packs and their small plugin is the best possible solution because it offers the advantages of each of them without having the disadvantages.

Pricing policy

  • A bought product can be activated for an unlimited number of your games
  • If a product is updated with new features, its price may be increased. However, if you've purchased a previous version of this product, you'll get the upgrades for free.

Requirements

  • ShiVa 1.9.2 or greater required.

Packs

JPAnimation v6.0

Magic tool to animate everything you want in your game.
$50

JPButton v3.0

Significantly improves the HUD buttons default behavior
$20

JPEditText v3.0

Significantly improves the HUD edit text default behavior (placeholders, key repeat, paste, undo...)
$30

JPEvent v2.0

Cancel/pause/resume posted events
$25

JPExtendedAPI v5.0

Adds new functions to the default ShiVa APIs
$30

JPGesture v2.0

Multitouch gestures detection
$25

JPInput v2.0

Collects device input sources related values.
$20

JPJson v2.0

Cross-platform Json parser
$30

JPLensFlare v2.0

Lens flare generator
$30

JPMultiTouch v2.0

User friendly multitouch managment
$25

JPMultiTouchSimulator v2.0

Simulate multi touch by using the mouse
Free

JPNotification v2.0

Send notifications to object or user. Objects can now receive user events.
$20

JPPicker v3.0

Optimized list or picker items management
$50

JPRegex v1.0

JPRegex is a cross-platform LUA regex engine
$20

JPScoreAnimator v2.0

Bring life to the scores displayed in your games.
$20

JPScrollView v4.0

Allows a HUD container to become a scroll view
$50

JPShortcut v2.0

Associate your game actions with customizable shortcuts (keys, mouse/joypad buttons).
$30

JPSimulator v2.0

Debug tool to simulate a specific configuration or device
Free

JPSound v2.0

Huge new features for sounds
$25

JPSprite v4.0

Atlases, sprites and animated sprites manager
Lite / $50

JPStringNumber v2.0

Operations on large numbers without precision loss.
$30

JPThread v2.0

Execute a single function over several frames
$20

JPTweener v3.0

Create complex transitions
$30

JPType v2.0

Know the type of any variable or convert it into string
Free

JPVirtualJoypad v2.0

MultiTouch Virtual Joypad manager.
$20