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This year, we are introducing the concept of JoomGap SlimApps, a new way to develop mobile apps for responsive sites. In the past, we received several enquiries about how to show a website in a mobile app. SlimApps are our response.

In 2016, we have been mainly focused on the development of mobile apps powered by PhoneGap, Angular, Ionic and JoomGap SDK. These apps follow the traditional model of a local client that connects to a site via web services, a REST API. In this line of development, a project must implement an API to integrate a mobile app.

On the other hand, mobile browsers are currently providing a user experience on par with a desktop navigation, creating a whole new category of mobile apps. Following this trend, we have developed the concept of JoomGap SlimApps. JoomGap SlimApps answer the general question of how creating a mobile app for an existing website, extended with packages such us with JomSocial, JReviews, PayPlans, EasySocial, EasyBlog, EasyDiscuss and SobiPro.

The year of JoomGap Slim Apps

How to create a SlimApp

In the simplest case, a mobile application can open a browser window to a website. Thus, a slim mobile app can visit a defined page in a site. The mobile landing page must have a responsive and mobile-friendly design; it can be the general home page or a specific page for mobile navigation. In the examples shown above, these demo apps are visiting the home page or the download page of a site. The navigation of the site is respected, and the user must log in to access restricted areas.

Even in this simplified model, features like Push Notifications or media management are available to fulfil project requirements.

For more information about JoomGap Slim Apps, please, contact us, Click it! »

 

We are glad to announce the avalability of the XT Backup for Akeeba application source code in JG Professional membership.

xt backup for akeeba is available as a new joomgap app

XT Backup for Akeeba is a mobile application to optimize your data protection and business continuity operations. XT Backup allows to manage Akeeba on your entire back-up environment to provide a real-time, in-depth and holistic view of your storage environment so you can save time, save money and reduce risks.

“We aim to manage backups in a mobile app with the same of quality and features offered by Akeeba Backup: One click to perform a full backup and let Akeeba Backup do the thinking” says Aníbal Sánchez, co-founder and CTO of Extly Extensions.

We want to say thank you to everyone for all of your contributions and feedback. We appreciate every issue, every pull request, every comment on the forums, GitHub, and every other way you all have contributed.

 

This month, we have several news to share. Firstly, we have two maintenance updates on our reference mobile apps for Joomla!, Joocial Composer App 8.4 and JG Boilerplate 1.1. Both apps have been updated to the latest Cordova 6 and plugins. Additionally, we have implemented minor enhancements and bug fixes. For more details, please, visit the changelog and the apps source code is available in the download area, here.

Secondly, at this very moment, a tidal movement is changing JavaScript world with the upcoming Angular 2 and Ionic Framework 2 beta releases, based on ECMAScript 2015 (ES6) and Typescript. To be in the same page, we have just published JG Boilerplate 2 beta. Feel free to download and test this new project, here.

JoomGap Boilerplate 2

We believe that this progress will be well worth it, and that it will set a new standard for hybrid apps, and inspire you to create apps with us for years to come.

JG Boilerplate Material is here

Looking for new ways to pack a unique and compelling design in our Apps, we found Ionic Material: " Pour material design into your Ionic hybrid apps for all the sexy and no complexity. Now unlock the depth, motion & ink specs of Google's material design with easy-to-add-on classes..."

Now, we are building our new apps with this extension library and we have released a new boilerplate project to support Google's Material design, JG Boilerplate Material.

Reference: Google's Material design - Introduction

We have just released Joocial Composer App v8.3. A new incremental release of our reference mobile App, built on top of JoomGap SDK.

This new released of Joocial Composer App comes with a new set of enhancements at application level and libraries updates. Particularly, Joocial Composer App has mobile sharing and it runs on Ionic Framework v1.2.4.

This release is also a significant achievement since it has been built on the original JoomGap SDK 1.0, validating how new features can be accomodated and how an application can be updated.

Joocial Composer App 8.3 has been released

Version 8.3.0 - 21 January 2016

  • NEW: Joocial Composer App - Mobile Sharing for Joomla!
  • NEW: Joocial Composer App - Mobile sharing for Facebook
  • NEW: Joocial Composer App - Mobile sharing for Twitter
  • NEW: Joocial Composer App - Mobile sharing for Google+
  • NEW: Joocial Composer App - Mobile sharing for Instagram
  • NEW: Joocial Composer App - Mobile sharing for Pinterest
  • NEW: Joocial Composer App - Mobile sharing for WhatsApp
  • NEW: Joocial Composer App - Mobile sharing more channels
  • NEW: Post management
  • NEW: EddyVerbruggen/SocialSharing-PhoneGap-Plugin integration
  • NEW: cordova-plugin-applist integration
  • Enhancement: Copyright update
  • Enhancement: Navigator - App Session organization
  • Update: Ionic Framework v1.2.4
  • Update: ngCordova v0.1.23-alpha
  • Update: pouchdb v4.0.3
  • Update: minor cordova-plugins updates
  • Update: Icon and splash tweaks
  • Usability improvements, optimizations and code styling

Following our development roadmap, we expect to release new Starters in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!