iPhone-optimized web app (demo)

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by neven, May 31, 2007.

  1. neven macrumors 6502a

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    Since there will be no third-party apps for iPhone in June, I thought I'd try creating a web app that would run like a widget on iPhone. You would surf over to it in Safari on iPhone, and it would fill the screen nicely to look like a "real" iPhone app. By that I mean, it shouldn't get scaled down, and it's small and compact

    Here it is:

    OneTrip - an iPhone shopping list.

    It will only work in Safari (obviously). Comments? Do you think it will be a worthwhile effort to create such iPhone-ready websites?
     
  2. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    i dont think people will go out of there way to create web pages just for the iphone, but i would like to know wha it does look like on the iphone
     
  3. neven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think existing websites should be made iPhone-friendly, and it probably wouldn't be worth anyone's time to create an iPhone-optimized blog or online store, but I really hope that it's easy to make things look and feel "native" on iPhone. I can think of a number of simple widgets like this that I'd really like to have on my phone - so until we get actual widgets, I hope this will do.
     
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    Hey I like your app. I hope it works well with the iPhone.
     
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  7. Project macrumors 68020

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    This is superb. Very slick and I cant wait to try it out on the iPhone.
     
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Why not? A whole "ecosystem" of web pages has sprung up for the Wii, why not the iPhone?

    And, I love the app. Very simple, elegant, and easy to use. I'll be sure to use it when I get my iPhone. :-D
     
  9. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    i just dont think it will latch on as much as the wii did
     
  10. neven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the feedback. I hope this sort of dynamic JavaScript will run well on iPhone. I can think of a number of simple apps like this I could put together. Ideas for anything you'd really like to have on a phone?
     
  11. sprescott1974 macrumors member

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    this looks really cool, and i agree optimized pages for iphone could be amazing. explain to me though why i would use this list instead of say notepad.
     
  12. neven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you mean instead of a paper notepad...

    - I don't always have one on me. Pretty much the only things I can guarantee to have on me are my phone, wallet, and keys.

    If you mean instead of iPhone's Notes feature...

    - You can add, check off, and remove items with one click

    And these go for both:

    - It's less work to click a few (common) items than to write them down or type them in
    - They'll be sorted by category
    - When picking from a list, you might see things you wouldn't have thought to write down. "Oh yeah, I also need garlic."
    - It's cooler :)
     
  13. fastdrive macrumors member

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    Now if only you could make this into a widgit.

    I know within a few days of the iphone being out someone will hack it so that we can add our own :D
     
  14. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Wow, that looks really handy. But say you exit out of Safari to answer a call or change the now playing song, everything gets deleted? That could be irritating. But still, very neat app. Good job. :)
     
  15. neven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't believe Safari will close open tabs if you just exit the browser to go to the iPod or phone module. That would be irritating for more than just this app :)

    However, if you close the tab manually, you'll lose your list, true. It would be near-trivial to store that on the server so you could restart your session, but this would be complicated for the user. You'd have to create an account, log in... that defeats the purpose of it being a really small, handy app. I'll think about it though. It remains to be seen if it'll be usable on iPhone at all.
     
  16. Project macrumors 68020

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    Would be cool if you could tap into the Basecamp/backpack API to read/write these lists.
     
  17. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    I really like your app, I think I'll use it if it works well with the iPhone.
     
  18. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Right, I see what you mean. Good point about the saving-tab part. Hopefully Safari will keep tabs open as long as you have your iPhone on.
     
  19. neven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess once we get our iPhones (I tear up just thinking about it) I'll update this thread letting everyone know if there are any issues with the app, and if I plan on moving it to a better-hosted server.
     
  20. kuebby macrumors 68000

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    That's awesome. Very well done. Simple and it does what needs to be done. Unfortunately it will become obsolete if Apple allows any type of homemade widgets.
     
  21. neven thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have no experience with Mac software development, but I'm reasonably skilled with web development. I haven't looked at Dashcode yet (I'm afraid I'd be intimidated) - does anyone know how hard it would be to make this into an actual widget?
     
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    I'm sure iPhone Linux will be awesome :)
     
  23. sportsfanMAW macrumors regular

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    with dashcode its incredibly easy.... i made one lmao
     
  24. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Well, I tried loading it on my Palm OS device with the rather lackluster "Palm Web Browser 2.0.3", and it doesn't load. :-( I figured it would be a good resolution test, since it's a 480x320 device.

    Unfortunately, the only other web browser that works on my Palm OS device is a paid-for piece of software that, while more competent than the Palm offering, isn't worth the money to me.
     
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    If they don't allow 3rd party widget development, then this sounds like an interesting idea.
     

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