The annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) never fails to grab the attention of the business and technology press. What ever Apple leadership says – or doesn’t say – makes headlines. Whether or not you are a Mac or iOS user, Apple has a way of impacting the entire technology industry.
One of the key features mentioned was “Handoff,” where Apple users can start a document on one device, then continue it on another connected device. From the Apple site: “Say you start writing a report on your iMac, but you want to continue on your iPad as you head to your meeting. Or maybe you start writing an email on your iPhone, but you want to finish it on your Mac. Handoff makes it possible. When your Mac and iOS devices are near each other, they can automatically pass what you’re doing from one device to another.”
Web-based cloud protocols make this possible, and is opening up a whole new area of productivity. Platforms and applications used to drive computing; at one time, a personal computer was not complete unless it was compatible with a popular office suite or a spreadsheet. Today, applications and data move seamlessly across networks and modern devices, without regard for specific operating systems or chipsets.
At Mediaclip, we know how important this interoperability is going to be. That’s why our latest version of our creation tools are built on an HTML5 platform. Besides being platform independent, the HTML5 Designer also has the capability to allow users to start a project on one device, like a tablet, and then seamlessly continue that project on another device, like a desktop. A user can even start a project on a tablet with the HTML5 Designer and continue it on another computer using our Flash Designer and vice-versa.
We have also taken this capability a step further, allowing users to share projects with just a link. The person who receives the link can order their own project or even make a copy, where their own personal changes can be incorporated. Imagine a family reunion, after which the matriarch gathers the family photos and creates a photo book to commemorate the event. Then, each of her adult children could make their own version of the book for their own shelves.
Check out this short video of Philippe Gascon, our vice president, sales and business development, demonstrating the HTML5 book builder, with the capability to hand-off and duplicate projects across different devices and accounts, at the 2014 Mobile Photo Connect.