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Multi-Language Localization for Mobile Apps


MobileTogether includes support to seamlessly localize mobile apps in multiple languages. This empowers developers to build one version of a mobile app that works across many languages as well as across multiple platforms.

Developers can include translations in a single MobileTogether app design for all text phrases required, and when any end-user runs the app, whether on an Android phone, an iPhone, Windows desktop, or any other supported platform, the language for the app is selected to match the language for the device operating system.

With multi-language localization, even text-to-speech functionality is localized to the user’s native language.

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How To Build Your First App


MobileTogether Designer provides a powerful drag and drop interface that allows for incredibly quick cross platform app development. To help developers get started I have produced this video tutorial, which covers the interface and the steps needed to build your first app.

By the end of the video developers should be able to navigate the Designer’s interface and create a basic app that takes user input and performs an action with it at the press of a button. This is the first in a series of tutorials aimed at familiarizing developers with the ins and outs of app development in MobileTogether.

 

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Financial Analysis of XBRL Corporate Filings on Mobile Devices


In a previous blog post we’ve described some of the problems that are encountered when processing corporate filings from the SEC’s EDGAR database  in XBRL. Today we present a system that overcomes these issues by downloading and processing XBRL filings on a daily basis, normalizing the financial data, computing common financial ratios, storing all data into a SQLite database, and then presenting the corporate reporting data for financial analysis through a mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

We are making all the sources for the data ingestion and normalization process available as Python scripts on GitHub under an Apache 2.0 license. The actual normalization rules as well as the financial ratios being computed are defined in external JSON files that can easily be modified without the need to edit the Python sources. In addition the MobileTogether Design file describing the mobile app is also available as open source in the same repository on GitHub so the mobile application can be easily customized as well to graph different data, show other financial ratios, or do more sophisticated financial analysis.

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7 Ways to Summer Proof Your Phone


You are going to the beach for the day and you want to bring your phone, but you’re worried that the salt and sand might damage it. You could leave it at home, but you might need it to take cute pics with your friends – er, finally enter your expense reports from that business trip last week. Not you? How about this one:

SPLASH. Your friend just pushed you in the pool, fully clothed, as a joke. We all have that one friend, right? But it doesn’t seem so funny when you realize your phone was in your pocket. Now you are soaking wet and your phone is completely destroyed.

Or maybe you simply want to protect your phone because you don’t want it to suffer any damage this summer. Whatever your situation, here are a few ways to waterproof, sand-proof, and sunscreen-proof your smartphones.

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5 Mobile Strategy Secrets that Your Competitors Don’t Want You to Know


With projections of the smartphone market growing more than 10% every year for the next few years or more, and enterprise use of tablets soaring, it is imperative to any business today to ensure a strong mobile strategy. Here are some great thought provoking ways to get ahead of the competition and bring your mobile strategy to the next level.

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Manipulating Data in Cross-Platform Mobile Applications


Altova MobileTogether empowers enterprises of any size to design and deploy custom mobile solutions that run on all mobile platforms. This post is part 2 of a discussion of the MobileTogether Actions Dialog that lets developers quickly create sophisticated event handlers, control flow, and operations that work the same on iOS®, Android™, Windows® Phone 8, and Windows 8 devices, as well as an HTML5 browser-based client, without worrying about the unique details of the API or SDK for each mobile operating system.

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(Click here if you missed part 1, titled Defining Event Handling and Control Flow for Cross-Platform Mobile Applications.)

This post covers some of the MobileTogether actions that manipulate data and are flexible, powerful, and accelerate building data-driven mobile enterprise apps to deliver up-to-the-minute information to busy users on the go.

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Defining Event Handling and Control Flow for Cross-Platform Mobile Applications


Altova MobileTogether empowers companies of any size to quickly design and deploy custom enterprise mobile solutions that run on all mobile platforms. The Actions dialog in the MobileTogether Designer is one key feature that makes it possible to develop robust mobile solutions in days, not months.

The Actions dialog lets developers create sophisticated event handlers, control flow, and operations that work the same on iOS®, Android™, Windows® Phone 8, and Windows 8 devices, as well as an HTML5 browser-based client, without worrying about the unique details of the API or SDK for each mobile operating system, because the ActionTrees built with MobileTogether are independent of any particular device-specific programming language.

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