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Make Your Own Programs With Illumination Software Creator [Giveaway]

Danny Stieben 09-05-2011

If you use your computer for more than just Facebook and Farmville, you’ve probably wanted to create your own software at one point or another. However, you don’t know any code and therefore can’t write any programs.


Well, what if I told you that you can, still without writing a single line of code? Let me introduce to you the Illumination Software Creator. This week, we’ll be giving away 25 copies of Illumination Software Creator worth $1,248 in total!


Getting started is easy! Windows and Mac users should install the program like any other, and Linux users just need to extract the folder, make sure the illumination file is executable, and double-click to run. Radical Breeze, the developers of Illumination Software Creator have built the program with as little dependencies as possible, so there shouldn’t be any problems for Linux users on that end.

Running The Program

Make Your Own Programs With Illumination Software Creator [Giveaway] welcome

When you first start the program, you’ll be greeted by a very nice welcome window. It talks again about what it does, what systems it supports, and where to get help if you need it. Once you close that window, you’ll see the main screen, with an extremely simple setup already in place. The main window is object-and-action-oriented, meaning that once you create objects such as buttons in your application window, you can link it with an action, and then customize that action. You can link as much as you want, and make a single button do numerous tasks if you wish.

Make Your Own Programs With Illumination Software Creator [Giveaway] illum links


In order to have objects in your application window, you’ll need to “design” that window. That’s easy enough to do: just click on the window object and then on the “Design Window” button, and then drag objects from the left pane onto your application window. From there you can move around and resize your object, and in the right pane configure the name and label of that object. Once each object has been placed onto your application window, you can go back to the main window and start linking objects with actions when clicked.

Make Your Own Programs With Illumination Software Creator [Giveaway] illum window

Every once in a while you should test your application by saving the project, running “Build App“, and then “Run App“, choosing the appropriate option both times. Just because the program is clean and easy-to-use doesn’t mean that during the process you’ve missed something so that your program doesn’t start!


Illumination Software Creator also makes use of variables so that you have more flexibility with what you want to store and work with. This is also a useful feature for those who know the ground-down basics of Computer Science and wish to program but don’t know enough of a language to build one from scratch. I would fall under that category myself, so I would definitely make use of variables.


Speaking of which, in case Illumination Software Creator does not have a certain feature that you were looking for, but know the actual code for it, you can add that in a “Custom Block“. Once you complete the information in the window, you’ll have that piece of code ready to work for your application.

Make Your Own Programs With Illumination Software Creator [Giveaway] illum customblock

Illumination Software Creator is a great learning tool as well. When building desktop applications, a window will appear with the source file for your program. If you would like to know more about programming and eventually code from scratch, you can look at the code in those files to learn more about what code is represented by what you are doing.


Overall, Illumination Software Creator is a great tool to have in developing applications for desktops, , Android, and iOS. Its interface has virtually no learning curve, and you’ll be on your way in just a few minutes to making your greatest idea a reality. Plus the program even gives you the source code it generates. What else could you want?


Do you like the idea of this program? Would you be interested in using this? What sort of programs would you make with ISC? Let us know in the comments! We’re also giving 25 copies away and you can be in the running to win one by following these simple steps.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page.

The giveaway is over.

Step 2: Share!

You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

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Giveaway eligibility
In accordance with Facebook’s Promotional Guidelines 2.4.2 and 2.4.3:
Individuals who are over the age of 18. If you are under 18, get your parents to participate on your behalf;
Individuals who reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, India or any country embargoed by the United States are not permitted to enter.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, May 13th at 2100hrs PDT. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank Radical Breeze for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

[update] And the winners are:

  1. Leo Bien Durana
  2. Mette Nygaard
  3. Bart Aronoff
  4. Ian Klatzco
  5. Alex Gartlan
  6. Mark Webb
  7. Frances Nicola Mendex
  8. Matías Nahuel Carballo
  9. Stephen Day
  10. Mario Bobek
  11. Andrew Sharkey
  12. Dickey Wilson
  13. Brian Kovach
  14. Naga Ravi Kiran Anne
  15. David Crossman
  16. Victor Wiebe
  17. Eghan Kojo
  18. Marian Cimbru
  19. Oliver Zhu
  20. Josh Fox
  21. Rachel Ohana-Levy
  22. Duane Purcell
  23. Kacey D
  24. Sam Gallagher
  25. Randy Williams

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  1. Brandon
    June 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    count me in!

  2. Mario Bobek
    May 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

     cool. me want some...

  3. Anonymous
    May 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I guess that ones of us who are not part of facebook's world are out of luck! :(

  4. aijay
    May 12, 2011 at 7:31 am

    thanks for this giveaway. done my part.

  5. FErArg
    May 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I? very interested in it! Count With ME too!!

  6. David Wietfeld
    May 11, 2011 at 9:09 am


    Count me in, thanks.


  7. Quocphuoc88
    May 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    very nice giveaway! please count me in!
    thank you !

  8. Ravin Thapa
    May 10, 2011 at 11:07 am

    never knew this kind of software exists. nice one :)

  9. alex
    May 10, 2011 at 6:29 am

    great software and great giveaway! thanks!

  10. Misteerious
    May 10, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I would love this program software to be able to make 3d dimensional buildings; as well as 3d games, virtual reality,etc. Thanks

    • Danny Stieben
      May 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Maybe after a couple of years of heavy development they'll try to implement that. But for now, as far as I heard, they're going to be adding 2D graphic capabilities in the near future. :) 

  11. Andrew Niklas
    May 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    cant find the code on the facebook page

  12. Eyeb
    May 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    liked to try this just to see how it works.

  13. MrGiang
    May 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Thank for this giveaway. Send to me a license, please

    • MrJohn
      May 10, 2011 at 8:34 am


  14. Steve Collins
    May 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    This is just what i was looking for.

  15. Steve Collins
    May 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    This is just what i was looking for!

  16. kurtum-i
    May 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks , count mme in please.

  17. Joeeyy313
    May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Would be great to win as i was just considering buying this!lol

  18. Yuno
    May 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I officially hate this stuff. But whatever.