If you’re looking to develop fully functioning & rich apps for the Apple iPhone & iPad platforms with a minimum of fuss, you may want to check out the ‘Composé’ integrated development environment. With this tool a developer can add such basic functionality to an App as: Navigation & execution of actions; Inclusion of animations; Integration of images, video & audio; Creation of forms with standard controls.
Composé is a native Mac app that includes a freeform editor which allows the developer to position elements in a scene & to instantly preview & test apps on iOS devices. The tool integrates a wealth of advanced features, such as the possibility of embedding & playing back audio files (MP3 & MP4), support for video streaming (HLS) & video files controlled by user actions, interactive maps, photo views (including photo library support), PDF & MS Office integration, sensor & timer integration, database creation & edition, design layout library, integration with local JSON & CSV data, RSS feeds, custom forms, animation of objects, support for portrait & landscape orientations, zooming, storyboards for prototyping & much more. The list is quite long & in fact the Composé Website lists 60 detailed features.
At the present time, the app can only be used on a Mac & requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. A free, open-source, downloadable version is available from the Company’s Website. A Pro version is also available there for $199. The latter is a premium version which provides support & access to added features. Three interesting extensions are also on offer at Composé’s Extension Store: A free real-time, drag-and-drop blur view extension & 2 extensions priced at $19 each, one for controlling audio playback when your apps are running in the background & another for showing a gallery with images. It appears that more extensions are in the planning stage.
Composé is also marketing ‘Composer’, a complementary app for iOS developers which integrates well with the development environment & facilitates the storage of data in the Cloud, supporting push notifications for iOS Apps.
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