Friday, 22 October 2010

Multi-screen excellence: Giroflex

by Serge Jespers

This has to be the one of the best multi-screen apps I’ve seen to date. It is absolutely gorgeous and the story behind it is even more impressive. Thanks to the Flash Platform they were able to build an application that runs on multiple devices in record time.

Giroflex is a leading manufacturer of ergonomically designed office furniture. They asked Publicis Modem to create an application for the Orgatec trade fair taking place in Cologne next week. The application needed to be built for multi-screen purposes. The client wanted a microsite, a multitouch application to run on the HP TouchSmart 600, and the application needed to run on the Samsung Tab. In their booth visitors can experience the new chair in a dynamic modern way on the TouchSmart PCs, representing the company’s spirit. The Giroflex sales executives will all have a Samsung Galaxy Tab at hand to show the same app to their customers. The choice for the Flash Platform was an obvious one.

Thanks to the Flash Platform the team at Publicis Modem led by Marcel Vogt and Tiago Dias was able to produce an application that runs as a microsite in the browser and as a standalone application on the TouchSmart PCs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s, and even any other Android device. In just 2.5 weeks they created a multi-language, rich, easy to use and intuitive application with AS3 and utilizing AIR’s local SQLite database and multi-touch features.

They started out with the microsite which is built based on their own AS3 framework. The entire UI is customizable via XML files. They finished the microsite in just 1.5 weeks. When the microsite was done they only needed to add multi-touch capabilities and update the graphics and layout so it would fit on the Galaxy Tab and the TouchSmart PCs. It only took them an additional 6 days to “port” the app to the Galaxy Tab and the TouchSmart PCs. As a little extra they also wanted to see how long it would take them to port this app to an HTC Desire. It only took 2 hours!

I’m also really happy that I was able to help them a bit. They used my Package Assistant application to create the APKs ;-)

This is a great example of the power of the Flash Platform and how easy it is to build multi-screen applications using it!

Here’s application running on a Samsung Galaxy Tab:

Giroflex Samsung Galaxy Tab Air Application from Marcel Vogt on Vimeo.

The application running on the HP TouchSmart PC:

Giroflex Air Desktop Application from Marcel Vogt on Vimeo.

And on the HTC Desire:

Giroflex HTC Desire Air Application from Marcel Vogt on Vimeo.

Marcel and Tiago will be at MAX next week so if you see them around make sure you ask for a demo! Great work guys!
Source: Multi-screen excellence: Giroflex

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