Monday, June 11, 2012

Testing new Geocaching Helper design for BlackBerry PlayBook

I just posted some pictures of me testing a new design for the Geocaching Helper for the BlackBerry PlayBook. Check them out on the new Google+ and Facebook pages.
The new design is inspired by the new BlackBerry 10 platform. I was not able – and unfortunately will not be able – to attend the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour (and therefor no BB10 Dev Alpha device :/), but from what I have seen, RIM's new operating system could help them become one of the big players again!
Thank's to the open source UI framework bbUI.js creating apps that look like BB10 apps is really easy. In order to use it you have to work with the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK which allows you to develop apps using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. It was my first time using it and I like it a lot. Usually I'm not a fan of using JavaScript for developing native apps, but it works for WebWorks ;)

Thanks to trying the new design, I fully reimplemented the Geocaching Helper (it used Adobe AIR before!) and even added a new (and long promised) feature: Morse Code. The screenshots include a spoiler picture. But before I release it, I'd like to get some feedback, if the new design is better or worse.

Also check out the new twitter account for my dev work!

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