Morfik iPad Party

After waiting for what felt like an eternity my new iPad was hand-delivered to my home yesterday, three weeks ahead of its scheduled release in Australia. It did not take me long to get up and running.  Loading content through iTunes went smoothly and I was soon playing with the familiar iPhone content on this new device.

Of course, the first thing I wanted to do was check out how Morfik apps ran in the iPad. But more importantly, I wanted to find out for myself whether this new device would live up to the hype and could really change the way we experience the web. Naturally here at Morfik things like that are very important to us. The last time I was this excited was when IE5 was released. IE5 was the first browser that made it possible to think of the web as a software platform. It has been a long time since anything as significant that has happened in the world of browsers. Of course there have been a lot of major improvements over the years but no game changers. So, I was really keen to experience it first-hand.

First things first, I went straight to the Morfik sites and soon discovered everything worked fine. Well, not quite everything. The videos had all gone missing and in their place was nothing but white boxes! Putting this aside (we will support HTML 5 videos soon) everything else worked like a charm. The experience of using touch on a large screen is just out of this world. The zooming is simply amazing. In all my years in the CAD world, with all its sophisticated zooming and panning, I never experienced anything like this.

With initial signs being so positive I could not keep the excitement to myself anymore; I had the Morfik crew over to my place for an “iPad party” the same night. All I can tell you is that I didn’t get another chance to play with it again until now, as I sit here writing this blog on the iPad!

Having experienced it now first-hand I have a feeling this thing is going to play a big part in our future. The first thing you will see from us is an HTML5 package that will let you explore and play with the amazing new possibilities in web development. Of course, our first priority is to carry out rigorous testing and make sure any incompatibility problems that we might possibly find are immediately addressed. We will keep you posted of developments on this front.

And as for those of you who have managed to get your hands on an iPad please share any experiences that you feel might be of interest or use to the Morfik community.

Aram

8 Responses to “Morfik iPad Party”

March 28th, 2017
FrankR says:

I’m late to this thread, but …

– I’d suggest not getting distracted with native app development. If we can use Morfik to build good, usable web apps that render well on a phone browser, that alone is a big deal.

– I’d like to suggest that you not think exclusively about iPad/iPhone and instead also include the Android world – which is growing in leaps and bounds every day. Both platforms share, I think, the same WebKit browser core, so, this may come naturally.

– There are many development tools out there, and Morfik just seems to be a natural to spend some energy being a great way to build mobile web apps. I really think it could distinguish you from the rest of the pack.

Trevor says:

I developed a Morfik site for my photography … very simple.

However, I find that the horizontal scrolling form that my site relies on doesn’t seem to work on iPad or iPhone ….

@Peter Jagielski:
Peter,

Although Palm Pre is based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript, it is heavily reliant on the Mojo framework and the Palm SDK. Its Stage/Scene model and its Application structure bear some resemblance to Browser tabs/Pages and the folder structure present on a web server. However, it has some additional structure that allows it to function like a native application. It also uses the HTML5 model for storage which is interesting.

The closest that we have to something like a Palm Pre native app in Morfik are Morfik Browser XApps. Without having delved into the Mojo framework or the Palm SDK, I can’t really determine the amount of work involved. But If I was to guess, I would say the work would be considerable.

Aram,

According to the new Morfik help docs, “The HTML/XML/CSS/JavaScript code combination that the Morfik compiler generates for running in the browser is entirely standards-based and compliant, communicating with the Morfik-generated server components through standard HTTP requests and web service standards.”

I’ve been looking into programming for the Palm Pre cell phone, which is becoming very popular, and its native application model is based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and of course the Palm SDK.

I’m wondering how close the Morfik compiler is to being able to generate code that can generate native Pre apps. Your thoughts?

I like your suggestions Peter and also appreciate your enthusiastic style and desire to build a sense of teamwork among the Morfik community and its development team.

Thank you!

I’m glad Aram that you are fond of the iPad — I also do see huge potential in it (already developing a native app;-), that’s why my earlier suggestion for support.

Morfik apps somehow look very nice on it (it’s a kind of magic:-). I do recommend that we go in phases, though:

– first add basic support by making sure that Morfik apps are rendered correctly visually and check if controls work OK (this is easy and fast)
– then we can add touch-specific and HTML5 features (including video) in the second release
– then in subsequent releases we can add more specific APIs like local storage (part of HTML5) and the like

In the first batch we should also create a whitepaper/wiki entry on recommendations of how to use Morfik for iPad and other touch/tablet platforms.

I’m here if you need assistance or beta testing partner.

Peter

Tim Lutz says:

I wonder, if Morfik could deliver even native apps via phonegap or similar technologies.

As I was recently telling everyone, the iPad is a great new opportunity for Morfik applications as no Flash or Silverlight is going to make it there. 🙂

Now if I could only get an iPad hand delivered to me in Brazil, it would make the task of blogging about it much easier.

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