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:
http://ajarproductions.com/pages/products/in5/

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:
http://ajarproductions.com/pages/products/in5/

Article Round-up

Justin | Animate/Flash,articles,design,links,tips | Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We’re keeping quite busy around here! Here’s a quick round-up of some recent articles that I’ve published.

5 Flash Animation tips in 5 days on the Peachpit blogs:

Also on the Peachpit site, there’s an excerpt on Character Animation from our recent book with Chris Georgenes.

I also have a new video tutorial over at ActiveTuts+ on Creating Advanced Motion Presets in Flash with JSFL.

In addition to the recent advice page I added on Learning Flash, I’m working on a page about becoming a graphic designer/Flash animator/digital artist. It includes some of my background and lessons learned. That article is pretty much on hold as we work toward the SmartMouth release (hopefully just another week), and I will pick it up after that.

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