Enterprises are adopting mobile technologies at an unprecedented rate. As Business News Daily recently reported, 1.3 billion workers will go mobile by 2015, and with that massive number, the need for enterprise mobile apps can only skyrocket.
With that increase, many mobile app developers will be called upon to create internal mobile enterprise apps. These apps have many requirements and considerations that differ from the typical app destined for the public app stores. In this article, we will take the top three challenges and share some tips on how to meet these challenges:
Today, we’ll be having a briefing for our beta users of Appery.io Mobile Apps Builder. Becoming a beta user and participating in our community briefings is a great way to influence and guide the development of a useful product and make it even more useful.
It’s easy to become a beta user. Here are three ways:
If you don’t already have a Appery.io account, you can sign up right from the home page using the button in this block:
When you sign up for any Appery.io Prototypes Builder plan and click on the activation link, you’ll be presented this first time with a pop-up giving you an opportunity to join the beta:
If you already have an existing Appery.io account, you can become a beta user by going to My Account and clicking on the sign-up button:
You’ll have a “pending” status at first, but you should only have to wait a few hours before you become activated.
HTML5 introduces a handy new feature for input elements. Using placeholder attribute, you can place a slightly greyed out label inside an input field. When you click on the field and enter text, the label clears. If you delete the input, the placeholder labels appears again. Here is an example (assuming you are using HTML5 complaint browser):
The state of Mobile Web development today is probably what was traditional Web back in 1996. Many companies is racing to create mobile presence, be it in the form of a native applications or mobile Web applications. To set the native vs Web debate a side for now, there is a tool to help you prototype and test your mobile Web applications. You can even use the resulting HTML as a starting point for the application. The prototyping tool is Appery.io. With Appery.io, you can create, share and preview interactive Web and mobile HTML prototypes in a browser. Read more.
Creating Web and mobile interactive HTML prototypes in Appery.io is simple. But what about the iPad (and other tablets)? Well, turns out it’s pretty simple as well. All you need to do is change the prototype screen size to iPad’s (1024×768):
To start your prototype for iPad, don’t forget to switch Screen Type to Mobile.
Last week we pushed Appery.io version 1.2.4. Besides bug fixing, we added a new mobile control: Collapsible Block. You can place any other controls inside and the block is collapsible in design as well as in Web Preview. See how it actually looks in a browser (try to expand/collapse the block).
With Appery.io 1.2.3 release this week, we have added two new mobile components based on jQuery Mobile. The two components are Navigation Bar and Search Bar. They are the last two components in this screen shot:
To switch between Web and Mobile prototypes, click anywhere in the whiteboard and in Properties view select the screen type:
We just released Appery.io version 1.2.1 and the biggest new feature is mobile palette which lets you build mobile prototypes and of course preview them. Mobile controls are based on jQuery Mobile. Other new features are reorder screens with drag and drop, preserve ratio for uploaded images, round corners for components and component duplicate option.
To see the entire list of features, just go to https://appery.io. For any questions, suggestions and feedback, go to Appery.io forum. Let’s review all the new features in this release.
Mobile palette and prototypes
With mobile palette based on jQuery Mobile controls, you can now create prototypes for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or any other mobile device and preview them in any browser (of course we recommend a mobile browser). To activate the mobile palette, switch Screen Type to Mobile in screen properties and get jQuery Mobile based controls:
Use the grid control to help you with layout and don’t forget that you can always preview the mobile prototype by selecting Web Preview/Open: