New Features for Mobile Development
The latest version of MobileTogether is available today, adding even more functionality to this game-changing framework for building and deploying native mobile apps faster than any other solution.
To start with, we’ve completely revised the pricing for MobileTogether, with a new model that’s simple to understand and ridiculously affordable.
In addition, Version 2.1 introduces over 30 important new features added based on real-world developer feedback, from new functionality for building tables, to sophisticated error handling actions, to flexible options for beautiful UI design.
Let’s take a look at how these new features combine to let you build the most sophisticated data-centric apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices.
Completely New Pricing
MobileTogether has broken most of the barriers to mobile development, making it easier and faster than ever before to develop great apps for all platforms. Now, we’re breaking down the final roadblock: cost. With the MobileTogether 2.1 launch, we’re rolling out a simplified pricing plan designed to get you up and running at light speed.
Unlimited Apps, Unlimited Users, Unlimited Developers
As always, the MobileTogether Designer app development environment is free-of-charge, so you can roll it out to an unlimited number of developers in your company. Now, we’ve drastically reduced the costs for the app server, as well. MobileTogether Server is now available with per server core prices starting at $1000 per year. That’s right: it’s $1000 annually for an unlimited number of apps, and an unlimited number of users.
While there’s no limit to the number of users or number of apps that you can run on the mobile app server, you may, of course need to scale the server machine depending on actual load, to provide optimal performance for larger numbers of users. But the starting price is perfect for most initial deployments.
With this radically reduced pricing structure, and the new features described below, we’ve aimed to make MobileTogether the most accessible – and most sophisticated – framework for developing data-centric apps for all platforms.
Enhancements to Tables in MobileTogether 2.1
Tables are a fundamental element of any mobile app, and MobileTogether includes powerful enhancements for building tables of any size:
- Scrollable tables: set max height and width to allow horizontal and vertical scrolling
- New property: table row/column background color
- Option to align nested tables
Support for scrollable tables provides even more flexibility for table creation in MobileTogether. Now, to ensure easy display on devices of all sizes, developers can set the maximum visible size of a table, or set it to fit the rest of the screen, with horizontal or vertical scrolling enabled to view the rest.
Scrollable tables can be used for more than expanded displays of data, for instance, when a table is used to layout other controls. The scrollable table feature makes it possible to define elements such as navigation bars or other tools that always stay locked at the bottom of the screen as the user scrolls through a larger view.
New controls in MobileTogether 2.1 allow developers to add familiar visual elements to their sophisticated UIs, making apps even easier for users to understand and operate:
- New Control: Slider
- New Control: Vertical line
- New button looks: Share and Email
An example of the new horizontal slider control is shown in the app below.
The new actions included in MobileTogether 2.1 round out the sophisticated Action Tree programming language pioneered by MobileTogether, making this platform powerful enough to build any data centric app imaginable. They include:
- New Action: Share
- New Action: DB Bulk Insert Into
- New Action: Let
- New Action: Return
- Subpages: possibility to return result on close
- Action groups: possibility to pass parameters
- New Action: Try/Catch
- New Action: Throw
- New Action: Cancel Action Execution
- New Action: Scroll to Table Bottom
- New Action: Load Image
- New Action: Show Route
- New Action: Loading/saving files on client devices
- Creating folders automatically when saving files on client or server
- New Action: Delete Files/Folders
- New Action: Restart/Stop Page Timer
- New Action: User Cancel Behavior
Extensive error handling capabilities are enabled with the new Try/Catch (shown in the Action Tree below), Cancel Action Execution, and related actions. In addition, the ability to pass parameters and return results in action groups lets action groups perform like true programming subroutines.
New XPath Functions, Properties, and Operators
- Flexibility to set some existing properties via XPath
- New property: text size in pixels
- New XPath function: mt-connected-via-wifi
- New XPath function: mt-font-height
- New XPath function: mt-control-width
- New XPath function: mt-user-tried-to-cancel-actions
- Quick search in XPath function dialog
- New option to hide page title bar
New XPath extension functions help you allow for various scenarios, such as whether the device is connected via Wi-Fi or not, and what the standard font height is on a particular client platform. The option to hide the page title bar gives the app a larger active area, which can be especially helpful on smaller devices.
New Features that Improve End User Experience
A great user experience is the first goal of any data-centric app, and we’re constantly striving to add features aimed directly at helping the end user. New in MobileTogether 2.1:
- Customizable login/index page for browser client
- Speed up of app starts when connection is slow
- New keyboard style: Visible Password
Now, even when a connection is slow, MobileTogether apps will start much faster. Developers can also specify a more user-friendly introductory page when an app is accessed via the browser-based client.
New Demo App: MyCollections
There’s a new sample app on the demo server of the MobileTogether universal client app called MyCollections.
MyCollections is a highly flexible and expandable mobile database app for managing your personal collections. MyCollections includes built-in templates for audio CDs, books, and wine that can be used as-is, customized with new enhancements, or viewed as merely a starting point for any other collection. You can add photos, create and format new descriptive fields, and customize My Collections to suit the particulars of your keepsakes. You can even share your collections with friends.
My Collections was built with the MobileTogether mobile development framework and demonstrates many of the new features available in MobileTogether 2.1.
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