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New Winds For Cross-Device Compatible Interactivity

Mobile and tablet devices not supporting the Flash player plugin have contributed to the overall decline of development of interactive web animations during the past few years.

Up until very recently, Web designers and developers have had very limited options to create cross-device compatible interactivity, typically relying on AJAX based components. Today we are closing the gap as new emerging technology and web programs are opening doors for new types of ‘Flash free’ interactive ‘animations’.

Adobe has brought in two new software products to the market, Adobe Edge, and CreateJS Toolkit built for Adobe Flash Pro CS6, that both offer promising steps towards more quickly produced code based HTML5 interactivity. Google has also developed a program called Google Swiffy which will convert Flash animations to HTML5.

Adobe Edge, currently in beta/preview mode, uses CSS to draw objects, javascript to animate objects, and HTML div’s to place these objects on the page. This is an intriguing solution for making web pages more interactive but is visually somewhat limited due to CSS code not being able to render complex vector drawings such as hexagons.

Complex vector graphic animations can be created using Flash Pro CS6 which can then be exported as web friendly SVG’s (scalable vector graphics), and animated on HTML5 canvas using either the new built-in CreateJS Toolkit or by using the Google .swf to HTML5 conversion tool Swiffy.

Adobe’s CreateJS Toolkit allows a developer to export Flash animations to HTML5 format so where one can then program the further interactivity of the vector graphics with javascript. Google Swiffy on the other hand allows the developer to program the interactivity of scalable vector graphics in Flash, and then converts the rendered .swf file to HTML5.

With the new interactive tools available, there are now ways for web designers and web developers to increase cross-device compatible interactive creativity both economically and efficiently. A designer/developer can now put together an interactive experience where the exported code renders on all modern browsers and devices without the use of the Flash Player Plugin.

Contact Interaria at 214-909-3900 to discuss your company’s cross-platform compatible HTML5 animation needs.

Native Mobile Apps << and/or >> Optimizing Media Content For Cross-Device Use

This image by Twitter summarizes the various mobile device platforms and draws vividly that the smartphone and tablet environment is something each company should take seriously when considering how they want to best serve the growing number of mobile device users. Twitter has developed native apps for each relevant smartphone and tablet in the US market taking a strong argument for native app development. Another or an additional route is to optimize web media to display optimally in mobile devices without requirements (or encouragement) to download iOS or Google Android apps. For instance, Facebook considers its website to display optimally on an iPad and has not (so far) developed a native app. Many newspapers and online magazines on the other hand are fully engaging in iPad app based online magazine production but still figuring out how to handle raising advertising money and subscriptions on this new platform.

How to position in the growing mobile market of smartphones and tablets? There are currently many options for a company to choose from, and here is just the surface:

  1. Develop website only, optimized for mobile devices but not displayed in any mobile specific ways.
  2. Develop website + iPhone version prompted upon visiting a site via iPhone (not app).
  3. Develop website + iPhone app.
  4. Develop website + iPhone version prompted upon visiting a site via iPhone (not app) + iPhone app.
  5. Develop website + iPhone app + iPad app.
  6. Develop website + iPhone version prompted upon visiting a site via iPhone (not app) + iPhone app + iPad app.
  7. Develop website + iPhone app + Android mobile app.
  8. Develop website + iPhone app + iPad app + Android mobile app.

This list would continue with any other alternative scenario by combining variables above. Dallas iOS app developer Interaria will be reviewing specific examples of mobile media within this framework during this week.

in Dallas: iOS Mobile App Development For iPhones & iPads

A growing number of consumers are accessing the Internet and visiting websites via iPhones and iPads. Cooper Murphy Copywriters conducted a poll in the UK and found out that iPad was the preferred device for surfing the Web for 38% of iPad owners ( This poll was published in August 2010 and since the launch of iPhone 4 and iPad 2 one can witness the increasing use of mobile devices for surfing the Internet. Needless to say, today effective Web media needs to be optimized for many mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad platforms. Continue reading in Dallas: iOS Mobile App Development For iPhones & iPads

Empowered Online Shoppers In A Modern Walled Garden?

First, before going further, what is a walled garden, exactly? Wiki states that “a walled garden refers to a carrier’s or service provider’s control over applications, content, and media on platforms (such as mobile devices) and restriction of convenient access to non-approved applications or content.” Continue reading Empowered Online Shoppers In A Modern Walled Garden?

Optimizing Google’s AdWords For Mobile Devices

By far, the dominant advertising platform on the web is Google’s AdWords. Up until very recently, Google’s AdWords was fine with serving ads to mobile devices that linked to pages with Flash content. In a recent change in policy, Google’s AdWords seems to now block serving pay-per-click ads to mobile devices (iPad/iPhone/Android) if the advertised website being linked to in the ad has any Flash running on it. This includes websites running javascript coded “Flash-checkers”.  Google’s AdWords now requires that at least on your site’s initial landing/home page where you may have used a Javascript based Flash checker, you’ll now need to instead add specialized web code for checking what type of device has arrived to your home page, and then auto-route a visitor to appropriate mobile friendly Flash free content.

The situation is definitely not completely clear yet because Google hasn’t made any official statements on the matter.  Since Goolge’s own Android mobile platform supports Flash this new policy is interesting, and appears to cater the growing market of iPhone and iPad users.

Dallas Web design & development company Interaria follows the developments of AdWord policy closely. Interaria specializes in coding websites that are “Google-friendly”.

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Our Top Five Favorite iPhone Apps

As many of you may know, Dallas Web Design Company Interaria is a REGISTERED iOS Apple developer. Our love for the iPhone manifests on and off work. Below are our favorite iPhone apps that we find useful, entertaining and occasionally even practical.

1) Polytune iPhone App

PolyTune is an innovate tool to use for tuning your guitar. Unlike other guitar tuners, PolyTune let’s you strum all strings at once to tune rather than needing to go string by string. Our top reasons why we like Polytune iPhone App:

  • $4.99 (OK, we can pay this)
  • Innovative tool because when strumming once all strings at the same time and getting feedback on all strings at once, you can then tune faster by tuning more than one string per interval.
  • Gives an immediate visual indication as to how in tune the guitar is as a whole, rather than the string by string approach.
  • Often times you know from playing that one string alone might be slightly out, and this tool is a great way to quickly identify which string is out verses going string by string.
2) Verizon FiOS DVR Manager iPhone App

If Verizon FiOS is your tv service provider, and you use their DVR service too, you can use this app to schedule recordings and manage available recording space on your DVR. Our top reasons why we like Verizon FiOS DVR Manager iPhone App:

  • Free (only works with Verizon FiOS DVR)
  • Managing DVR is easier and faster from app than from the tv interface (which is a horrible experience by comparison)
  • If you’re out and about and forgot to record a show, app makes it easy to update from anywhere
3) Find My iPhone App

If you have two iPhones on the same .me account, Find My iPhone is a handy way to track one with the other. Our top reasons why we like Find My iPhone App:

  • Free (unlike the AT&T and many other GPS tracking service)
  • If you lose an iPhone or lose a person with an iPhone (such as at a large mall), this app comes in very handy.
  • Doesn’t require the iPhone being tracked to grant permission to be tracked, unlike other GPS tracking services

4) Ebay iPhone App

The eBay application for the iPhone is specially designed to run natively on the Apple iPhone and the iPod Touch. Using a streamlined interface that’s as elegant as it is practical, eBay members can search, bid, and check their activity on the go. Our top reasons why we like Ebay iPhone App:

  • Easy to use and so convenient
  • Great tool to place bids when on the go
  • If you are a seller, this app provides the basic tools to keep track of your listings and their status.
  • Ebay also offers a special app for sellers. It is still little tricky to use. Listing items via iPhone is possible but the visual control is not quite there yet. We would still recommend traditional methods for listing items.

5) Trivial Pursuit iPhone App

PLAY FOR THE PURSUIT OF FUN! Show off what you know in this contemporary version of the classic board game. Our top reasons why we like Trivial Pursuit iPhone App:

  • If you get annoyed with by slow family members who take forever to roll the dice, count the steps, take out the question card (from the wrong side), then place it wrongly back to the deck…then this app is for you.
  • Makes playing easy to start, and in a way is a more quiet way to play. We’ve noticed that it is easy to play a round at a coffee break
  • The app let’s you choose questions from multiple type of packs (easy, medium, senior, encyclopedia etc.)
  • The downside is that the questions start repeating after awhile… or maybe we’ve just played too many rounds

Apple Approves: HTML5 is Here!

HTML5 doesn’t perhaps sound all that fancy but it is a new developing programming language that is the next major revision of the HTML standard. HTML5 incorporates new features such as a video playback and a drag-and-drop technology that have been previously dependent on third-party browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. HTML5 video player especially will be useful for incorporating video to Apple iPhone and iPad that currently do not support Adobe Flash Player. Apple describes HTML5 as “open, reliable, highly secure, and efficient”. This Apple’s endorsement doesn’t sound so sweet for Adobe, the maker of the Flash Player at the moment.

Interaria is efficient in HTML5 code language, and follows the developments closely. Please contact Interaria at 214-909-3900 (Dallas) or 512-300-9286 (Austin) for discussing web technologies further and what they mean to your business.

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