September 27, 2009 in iOS Development (F)
By taking advantage of emerging new standards, such as HTML 5, WidgetPad takes the complexity out of creating native applications and eliminates the need to learn platform-specific API sets and tools. Available through the Web via a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, WidgetPad for iPhone allows developers to create fully interactive, media-rich mobile applications. These applications can leverage all of the iPhone's advanced hardware capabilities (GPS, accelerometer, compass, etc.) by simply accessing WidgetPad.com through standard browsers - Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Upcoming versions of WidgetPad will enable developers to seamlessly port these applications to other smartphone devices such as the Palm Pre and Blackberry.
Key Features of WidgetPad for iPhone:
* Code Sharing and Forking: Automatic sharing of all public projects
* Secure cross-domain scripting: Easily create mash-up applications with existing Web services accessing Web-service APIs over the domain boundary securely
* Application previewing: Run the application on a PC/Mac browser without the iPhone (Safari compatible)
* Publishing: Developers can choose to publish applications to iPhone either via a generic WidgetPad client (free), or as their own branded applications (free or paid)
The basic version of WidgetPad for iPhone, which is free, allows developers to distribute their applications to iPhone users via a generic WidgetPad client (also free). The source code of those "public" applications will be automatically shared among other developers (MIT license), creating a great learning and collaborative environment for developers. The premium version of WidgetPad for iPhone, available later this year, allows developers to create "private" projects and distribute stand-alone applications to the Apple iTunes store.
"With strong support by Google and Apple, it's very clear that HTML 5 will eventually become the standard development platform used to create interactive applications for smartphones, eliminating the need to develop applications in C++, Objective C and Java. We want to accelerate this movement by offering Widget for iPhone today," said Nakajima.
WidgetPad Inc. is a provider of collaborative developer environments for hybrid Web-based mobile applications. The company's development environment allows Web developers to easily and cost-effectively create hybrid web applications for smartphones and mobile devices, such as iPhone, Palm Pre and Google's Android devices. The company was founded by Satoshi Nakajima and Yuichiro Masui. Nakajima is the creator of the world's first CAD application for the personal computer, and a defining force behind the architecture for Microsoft Windows 95 and the creation of Internet Explorer 3.0. Masui is a contributor of various open source projects, such as PukiWiki, and played a leadership role in building Ruby on Rails community in Japan. WidgetPad is based in Bellevue, Wash. Copyright (C) 2009 WidgetPad Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.