Web App Awesomeness

Justin | design,HTML5,iOS | Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

For the last year or so, I’ve been looking for ways to create content that will be viewable across devices. At Pearson, the entire sales force is on iPads. To date, there hasn’t been a good HTML5 tool for designers. We’ve been looking at developing in Flash Pro, packaging for iOS, and exporting a SWF for the web. An Apple Enterprise Developer license would allow us to distribute internally without going through the app store (which is very slow and approval is not guaranteed). This has proven cheaper than many other custom development options, but still more expensive than our clients can afford in many cases.

Additionally, I’ve been working on a Responsive Design course for Lynda.com, as well as looking at solutions for our upcoming InDesign->HTML5 exporter.

I was delighted to find that Chris Converse of Cōdify Design Studio, has done a wonderful job documenting a solution that marries a web site with a mobile app in his Create an iPad Web App course. His course shows how you can detect whether a user is on an iPad, and whether the user is running from the web or as a web app. If the user is running your site on the web, you can prompt them with instructions (2-clicks) to install the app to their home screen. Once on the home screen, your site work very much like a standard iPad app. No app store approval required, and no annual developer license fee!

You can find more info on Apple Web Apps and Android Web Apps, and see more iPad examples from Chris.

There’s still the issue of no HTML5 design tool, but we hope InDesign->HTML5 will be a step forward for designers and we’re definitely going to work toward including web app functionality into InDesign->HTML5.

Update: The InDesign to HTML5 tool is now known as in5, and it supports exporting for iPad, iPhone, and Android Web Apps.

InDesign to HTML5 Update #3

Justin | design,HTML5,InDesign | Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Just a quick update today…

We’re now well over 100% funded on the InDesign->HTML5 Kickstarter project!

I’ve posted a set of stretch goals for the remaining 2 weeks.

Update (12/12/12): The product, now called in5 is now publicly available:

InDesign to HTML5 Update #2

Justin | HTML5,InDesign | Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Thanks to posts from Keith Gilbert and John Nack, we’ve had a flood of backers and tweets for the Kickstarter project!

We’re now 64% funded with 61 backers at the midway point, and there are more pledges every time I check my email!

End of day update

It was a very good day for InDesign->HTML5. We jumped from 54% funded and 49 backers yesterday, to 73% funded and 69 backers at the end of today (5pm PST). We’re now on track to reach our minimum funding goal early. Wahoo!

Update (12/12/12): The product, now called in5 is now publicly available:

Ninja and Montage: New HTML5 Tools

Justin | design,HTML5 | Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

A couple of teams at Motorola have been working some very interesting projects. First, there’s Montage, a coding framework for HTML5 on mobile devices. Then, there’s Ninja, a graphical user interface built for (and on top of) Montage. Both products are being offered free from Motorola.

The Ninja team is composed of many former Flash Pro team members who were previously at Adobe. These folks really know what they’re doing, so this is a project to keep your eye on.

You can find more details in this article or at the tetsubo.org page.

InDesign to HTML5 Update

Justin | design,HTML5,InDesign | Friday, July 27th, 2012

InDesign->HTML5 has reached 32% funding and we still have 20 days to go, thanks our 34 backers!

We’ve posted a few updates to the Kickstarter page.

We’re also picking up some press:

Update (12/12/12): The product, now called in5 is now publicly available:

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