Mac Xcode 3 or 4 ?

recobafan

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Jun 12, 2012
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Hi there, I'm very, very new to the forum, and I'm not even sure if this is posted on the right place, so if it isn't, could a mod maybe move it for me?(sorry for the inconvenience :/)

I've had Xcode 3.2.6 for a while, and created simple programs for it and thats all going fine, but I see that there is a 'newer' version(Xcode 4) - I say new, because I've only just realised there is one.

My questions are;

-What are the main differences between the two?
-Where and how much is it, if it does cost anything, do i buy it?


I've been doing research on teh interwebz but I figured I'd come on a forum and ask the pros. :)

Thanks for any help guys!
Andy.
 

ScoobyMcDoo

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Nov 26, 2007
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If you are still running Xcode 3, you are probably not using Lion. As far as I know, Xcode 4 is running only on Lion and is a free download. It was available for $5 for SL for a while, but that is gone; it might still be available for SL if you are in the developer program - I am not, so I don't know for sure.

It's a different look and feel - everything in one window rather than a new window for everything like version 3 was.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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Nov 26, 2007
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If you want to distribute via the iOS or Mac App Stores, I'd definitely suggest getting Xcode 4. It dramatically simplifies the entire signing and upload process.
 

recobafan

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Jun 12, 2012
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Thanks for the replies guys!
Ok, well I see the Xcode 4 version on the app store but when I try and download it, it says my software version isn't recent enough..according to my mac my software is up to date. I mean, I am a complete novice with Xcode, so I'm a bit baffled about how to proceed :/
Thanks again!
 

maril1111

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If i were you i would upgrade to lion (unless some other software is keeping you tied to snow leopard and save myself the 99 a developer license costs just to download xcode.

(unless you want to have a developers license or have one already)
 

recobafan

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Jun 12, 2012
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Awesome. I shall upgrade to lion tonight!
Thanks for the help and thanks for not poking fun at my lack of knowledge lol!
 

Red Menace

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You need a developer account, but not a paid one.
I am a registered developer (but am not in one of the paid programs), and don't have access to Xcode 4 for Snow Leopard (it isn't in the Developer Downloads). You need a paid program for the same reason they charged for the preview (that whole "added functionality" thing).
 

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