Mobile content delivery company Volantis is aiming to make automated website and application development easier with its latest Framework 6.0. offering. This 'app creator' toolset offers developers the chance to use standard web technologies including HTML5 and CSS3, without the need to rely on more complicated Java programming.
Volantis says that key components in its new product include a new app creator, an enriched HTML5 and CSS3 toolkit, better device portability and improved page rendering. The company claims that this will allow developers to deploy applications that can run across native and web clients and be packaged up for both Apple and Android app stores.
According to the company's website, "Developers will now be able to create an application once, distribute it everywhere in one go and maintain it over time, removing the need to distribute individual updates."
Software developers using HTML5 for web development naturally want to build the most compelling user experience possible. Volantis is trying to encourage developers to use its tool to build websites with properties such as gradient, 3D transforms, cover flow, reflections and opacity. The toolkit also ensures that developers are able to produce sites and applications far more simply and quickly, without having to build individual versions for different browsers and handsets.
"HTML5 offers great potential for developers to produce web-based applications which offer a rich media experience. However, as browser vendors implement different features for HTML5, end-users might not be able to take full advantage of their device's capabilities," said Mark Watson, CEO of Volantis.
If interoperability with maximum functionality in mobile is king - and it arguably is - then Volantis Framework 6.0 may prove to be popular for producing browser-based and native applications which fulfil the potential of the latest handsets as well as rendering across legacy devices.
If the company can be criticised for anything it may be lack of presence. By that I mean that a scan of its website gives you the impression that it is built and run by techies for techies. This is a company without a page on Wikipedia (not that you should take that as a gauge necessarily), this is a company without an ABOUT US button on its website, this is a company that you may not have heard of and this is a company that is hardly first to the table with the "write once - run anywhere" story (think Nokia Qt and others). But in the interests of fairness, let's give them their due here to show that we wont just talk about IBM et al. Take a closer look and decide for yourself.