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4GL-ish tools for the iPad

Bert Bates
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If you don't need anything too fancy, are there any 4GL-ish development tools to make iPad apps?


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Bert Bates wrote:If you don't need anything too fancy, are there any 4GL-ish development tools to make iPad apps?


If you are ok with a web app for iPad, then there is some sites to creating apps. I and Gregg think this is the best one out there and it is open source too
http://www.phonegap.com/
(I think it was Gregg that pointed this one out to me)

But you really only have Objective-c and XCode to write iPhone or iPad apps. But it really is soo much fun that way. I really love objective-c and xcode, I was getting bored with Java.

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Bert Bates
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Hey Mark,

thanks for your ideas...

Let's say we wanted to put HF Java on an iPad and we wanted to take some of the static stuff and turn it into video or interactive stuff. I guess what we're really looking for is more of a data presentation engine - like ePub++.

So I was thinking that a 4GL-ish approach might be a way to easily make an engine. Of course one could make an engine using obj-c and cocoa but that sounds like a fairly big project.
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Bert Bates wrote:Hey Mark,

thanks for your ideas...

Let's say we wanted to put HF Java on an iPad and we wanted to take some of the static stuff and turn it into video or interactive stuff. I guess what we're really looking for is more of a data presentation engine - like ePub++.

So I was thinking that a 4GL-ish approach might be a way to easily make an engine. Of course one could make an engine using obj-c and cocoa but that sounds like a fairly big project.


Ah, one of those more dymanic ebooks that makes reading on an iPad better than a Kindle. ;)

I know there has to be some tools out there to make the ebook include video etc, I mean they made a big deal about ePub allowing for the integration with videos and other stuff, but when I quickly looked at ePub tags, I couldn't find it or figure it out.

I was able to convert my mother-in-laws pdf book into a ebook to sell on Amazon's Kindle. ;) But that was with a conversion program and then I had to use regex to remove headers and footers in the pdf. Anyway...

I wish I knew about software that would do exactly what you are looking for.

Mark
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I found this interesting thread.

http://digitalhumanities.org/answers/topic/alternatives-to-indesign-for-creating-multimedia-ebooks

The Calibre software is what I used to convert my mother-in-laws book. But that is really just for conversion.

But to me this sounded more promising.
"Another route is Apple's iWork Pages, by the way, supposedly has ePub export (never tried it)."

Damn, I am using my wife's windows machine and damn if I keep hitting the ALT-C and ALT-V key for copying and pasting because the ALT key is where the Apple Key is on my MacBook. ;)

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