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Xcelsius Running on Apple Devices

By introducing new concepts about user interface experiences, Apple in fact has changed the way of people around the world interact with information using touch screen features present on their own devices.

Is not a fact isolated, but the history tell us that hardware has promoted software changes, what does main software companies review their strategies to follow or not that wave.

Fortune’s analysts estimate that Apple will end Q3 in 2010 selling about 3 million iPads. Not only to follow Apple trajectory, but moreover to follow this mobility momentum, it’s not too complicated understand why SAP is entering in this arena. This can be reinforced with the Sybase acquision.

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Xcelsius 2008 is tied to Adobe technology (Flex and Flash), thus is not possible to generate something that can be run on Apple devices because iPads and iPhones use Safari browser that is built on top of Webkit (HTML5 enabled). In a row, Xcelsius is not runnable in Apple devices.

However, I started a research by myself on how to enable my old (not too much) Xcelsius dashboard on Apple devices? For my surprise, Yes! We Can!

The good new is that Adobe is not stopped. Adobe Labs has an initiative that makes possible generate a new Apple application (ipa) from a Xcelsius dashboard to be synchronized with iPads and iPhones.

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In the following posts I describe required steps to have a Xcelsius dashboard running on Apple devices.

Step 1 – Preparing the Development Environment

Step 1 – Preparing the Development Environment

Step 2 – Working with iPhone Developer files

Step 2 – Working with iPhone Developer files

Step 3 – Distributing a Hello World iPhone application

Step 3 – Distributing a Hello World iPhone application

Step 4 – Turning a Xcelsius Dashboard into AIR (optional)

Step 4 – Turning a Xcelsius Dashboard into AIR

Step 5 – Turning a Xcelsius Dashboard into IPA

Step 5 – Turning a Xcelsius Dashboard into IPA

By now you can download a sample Xcelsius App to your own iPad/iPhone. http://tiny.cc/r4n5u

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