It’s Finally Easy to Group & Gather


I hosted a family reunion at my house this summer. It had been a long time since my cousins had all gathered in the same room – and, in fact, there are now so many second cousins that we had to take the party outside. It was a great day but a lot of work. Thinking back, the hardest part wasn’t shopping or cooking or keeping the beer cold – it was getting everyone to agree on a date in the first place.

Sound familiar? Most gatherings of more than two people these days are preceded by endless texts, emails, and Facebook messages, all of which still must be sorted through, weighed, and decided upon by the organizer. Then you still have to decide where to meet and who’ll bring what.

Altova created the Group & Gather app to solve these problems. It doesn’t matter if your people use iPhone, Android, or even Windows. They’re all covered. And the best part? The people you invite don’t even need the app to participate.

Group & Gather app

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New Features for Mobile App Development in MobileTogether 3.2


The latest release of Altova’s mobile app development framework introduces over 18 features with highlights including support for NFC messages, text-to-speech, the ability to read device contacts, flexible options for dynamic tables, and more.

Read more below or check out our quick MobileTogether 3.2 video.

 

New in MobileTogether

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Converting a StyleVision Design to MobileTogether


StyleVision, Altova’s visual XSLT stylesheet designer and report designer, is also a powerful enterprise form designer popular with customers who need to get their XML or database data into e-forms for use with Altova Authentic.

Authentic is a WYSIWYG editor for non-technical users and is available in desktop and browser plug-in versions. However, due to increasing security issues, support for native plug-ins is being phased out in most modern web browsers. If you are an Authentic Browser Edition customer, fear not – you can now convert any existing StyleVision design to a MobileTogether design to deploy it via MobileTogether Server as a simple URL that can be accessed by web browsers, or even as a native app on a mobile device.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of that approach.

Enterprise Form to Mobile App
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Top 5 Requirements for RMAD Tools


Originally coined by analyst firm Gartner, RMAD (rapid mobile application development) isn’t just the hottest acronym in app development for 2017 –  it’s an absolute necessity.  Waiting six to eight months for an app ensures that it will be completely obsolete once it’s finally ready for prime time: requirements will change, another app will fill the niche, or end users will already be entrenched with another solution.

In addition, a traditional, non-RMAD approach assumes you have a team of mobile developers ready to tackle the project, and for many businesses, hiring experienced app developers is a lengthy, expensive process. Outsourcing your app development to India doesn’t work that well, either. Many have tried, but few have succeeded bridging the language and cultural barriers successfully or ensuring the integrity of their intellectual property rights.

Luckily, with the increasing prevalence of RMAD tools, developing a sophisticated, full-featured app in a week or two – and with your existing tech team – is suddenly a reality. Of course, not all RMAD tools are created equal. Let’s take a look at the five top requirements you should demand in an RMAD solution.

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Patient Mobile Form – New Sample App


It’s time for your yearly checkup. However, first, you must update your paperwork. You can practically feel the hand cramp coming on as soon as the receptionist hands over the clipboard.

What if you could update all your info ahead of time – or even in the waiting room – on your mobile device? You could definitely build an app for that.

We’ve created the New Patient sample app to demonstrate a few key features, including how MobileTogether lets you develop cross-platform apps that include rich, mobile form based solutions for capturing data. Let’s take a look at how it works.

Patient form mobile app

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Flexible App UI Design with Multi-level Style Sheets


Using a cross-platform mobile development framework like MobileTogether is a great choice for building native apps, because the design environment takes care of rendering the app UI properly using the native look and feel of each operating system. You just have to build one design.

This gives app developers the ability to build sophisticated, data-centric apps for all users very quickly. To help this work, MobileTogether employs an RMAD approach along with flexible options for designing a beautiful UX. To help specifically with this last point are multi-level style sheets that let you customize and apply styles – either statically or dynamically – at various levels of the app UI design with just a few clicks.

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Database Features Across the Altova Product Line


We have written previously about database features like SQL Merge for data integration, and summarized database features in the latest release. But if you’ve only used one or two Altova products, you may not be aware of the powerful support for working with relational databases is provided throughout Altova’s tightly-integrated tools.

Database features across the Altova product line

The Altova MissionKit and MobileTogether products include SQL database features with rich functionality for database-related tasks, supporting all major relational databases in their native interface languages.

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