January 12, 2010 in iOS Development (E)
[prMac.com] Montreal/Munich - An increasing number of iPhone apps uses in-app settings instead or in addition to settings accessible via the system Settings app. In a move to support the iPhone developer community, Edovia (Rocket Taxi, TouchPad) and FutureTap (Where To?) have open sourced their InAppSettingsKit framework.
The framework allows iPhone developers to include settings in their apps maintaining the same user interface known from system Settings. Developers may even choose a "hybrid settings" approach where the settings are accessible in-app as well as via the system Settings app.
"Many users simply don't understand the mechanism and completely miss the settings if they're only available in the system Settings app. So we hope for a broad adoption of InAppSettingsKit", says Luc Vandal, Edovia CEO.
Ortwin Gentz, FutureTap CEO, adds: "In-App settings make a nasty context switch obsolete. Users can change the behavior of the app more quickly and intuitively. We're glad to support our wonderful developer community by open-sourcing this framework."
InAppSettingsKit is available as open source under the liberal BSD license and can be integrated without charge in any free or paid app. InAppSettingsKit is currently used in the following apps:
* Where To? - GPS points of interest (FutureTap)
* TouchPad (Edovia)
* NumPad - Wireless Numeric Keypad (Edovia)
* GasCubby - MPG and Car Maintenance (App Cubby).
Edovia is a Mac/iPhone software company located in Montreal, Canada. The company was founded by Luc Vandal in 2003 and went through several changes and phases, until it devoted all it's resources to the Mac and iPhone platforms. Edovia is driven by creativity. It believes in developing solutions that are easy to use, intuitive, innovative and fun.
FutureTap was founded in 2008 by Ortwin Gentz with the mission to create innovative and easy-to-use apps that fully leverage the iPhone user interface concept. The first app under the brand name of FutureTap is Where To?, acquired from tap tap tap. Where To? is just the beginning, interesting new apps are being planned. Copyright (C) 2010 FutureTap. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.