SmartPhones

More and more clients are mentioning smartphones. I am a fairly experienced Freeway developer, and have played around with the iPhone actions, but have not explored ap development or studied specs for the smartphone market.

Walter recommended this in another post: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/smartphone-browser-landscape/ which I thought was a great article.

Is Freeway considering, or does anyone know of other, actions and development techniques for the smartphone market?

What is a good strategy for addressing website use on smartphones?

I am sure I am not the only one who feels this is a daunting issue. Thanks in advance for any input/direction/lessons.

Jan


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Hi Jan,

Here is our strategy regarding this subject. We have decided to offer iOS (iPhone/iPad) compatibility as part of our standard site building service to our customers. We are not building separate sites for iOS devices but rather sites that function on all major browsers including safari iOS. I can say that we are 100% yet but we are getting there. It has been a lot of testing, examination of issues, addressing how we build, come up with a new way that works and repeat. To make the whole process even harder we have decided to do our best to adhere to standards based building techniques.

This is the path we have chosen and it has been a steep uphill climb. In the end I think it will give our customers a better product but is has been quite a time consuming endeavor. I hope by hearing about our approach it may shed some light on the subject.

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Dave,

I have been very curious about this issue. Would you ‘talking’ about your approach to the video / motion graphics (mp4, flash, html5, ogv, etc.). The little I have done I seem to sacrafice other formats for QT.
Thanks
Frank

On Jun 2, 2011, at 5:59 PM, TeamSDA wrote:

Hi Jan,

Here is our strategy regarding this subject. We have decided to offer iOS (iPhone/iPad) compatibility as part of our standard site building service to our customers. We are not building separate sites for iOS devices but rather sites that function on all major browsers including safari iOS. I can say that we are 100% yet but we are getting there. It has been a lot of testing, examination of issues, addressing how we build, come up with a new way that works and repeat. To make the whole process even harder we have decided to do our best to adhere to standards based building techniques.

This is the path we have chosen and it has been a steep uphill climb. In the end I think it will give our customers a better product but is has been quite a time consuming endeavor. I hope by hearing about our approach it may shed some light on the subject.

Regards, Dave


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Hi Frank,

We are mostly referring to, trying to achieve Progressive Enhancement built to web standards. As far as rich media content there is much to consider but we are moving away from a lot of whistles and bells in favor of the above.

As for Flash videos not Flash eye candy the Freeway Flash action has been great. It also creates the reference videos for the iOS. There is a helpful tutorial video on Freeways site that shows you how to use it.

In regards to whistles and bells this should be achievable through HTML 5. There is a new application called Hype at the app store that appears to do all the heavy lifting. I have not tried it yet but it looks quite promising. Note that HTML 5 is a new standard and not all its functionality is supported by older browsers so implementing a Progressive Enhancement approach is important.

Here are some links you may find helpful.

http://www.softpress.com/support/tutorials/HQ/14/

Regards, Dave


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Thank you for your reply.

It is nice to have the feedback from sources such as yourself that have much further reaching knowledge and experimentation than I could hope to achieve in a such short period of time, as much as this forum has been.

Thanks

Frank

On Jun 3, 2011, at 1:31 PM, TeamSDA wrote:

Hi Frank,

We are mostly referring to, trying to achieve Progressive Enhancement built to web standards. As far as rich media content there is much to consider but we are moving away from a lot of whistles and bells in favor of the above.

As for Flash videos not Flash eye candy the Freeway Flash action has been great. It also creates the reference videos for the iOS. There is a helpful tutorial video on Freeways site that shows you how to use it.

In regards to whistles and bells this should be achievable through HTML 5. There is a new application called Hype at the app store that appears to do all the heavy lifting. I have not tried it yet but it looks quite promising. Note that HTML 5 is a new standard and not all its functionality is supported by older browsers so implementing a Progressive Enhancement approach is important.

Here are some links you may find helpful.

http://www.softpress.com/support/tutorials/HQ/14/

Regards, Dave


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You are more than welcome Frank.

There is so much to learn and I am on that journey as well. There is a core of individuals that contribute here and I need to give them the spotlight. They are what makes the Freeway community so great. Best wishes with using Freeway and I hope it helps to unleash your creativity.

Regards, Dave


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