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Johann Dowa

Tool Allowing You To Build Mac Executables From iOS Simulator Builds

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There’s a number of solutions out there for distributing test builds quickly such as Testflight or Airtest for distributing builds over your local network.

Here’s another tool called Simulator Launcher from Landon Fuller and Erica Sadun that you can use to turn simulator builds into Mac executables that will automatically launch within the iOS simulator (keep in mind they will need to have an iOS simulator installed).  Great if you’re communicating with another dev and want to show them something not meant for widespread distribution.

Using this tool you can simply drag a simulator binary, choose which simulator you’d like the app to launch in, and it will automatically build the executable automatically.

Here’s a video demonstrating the tool in action:

You can find the tool on Github here.

The binaries linked on the Github page don’t appear up to date, but an Xcode project is included in the source so you can quickly build from source.

This tool has been around awhile but for some time did not work – it has since been updated and I have test it to be working with the iOS 6 SDK and Xcode 4.5.2 on Mountain Lion.


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