Can you advise me on creating my research tool? Do you know a way to turn outilnes into interactive menus on the Web? How about on a mobile device ? Is there an app that is for iPhone apps what Dreamweaver is for Web sites?
My extended question: I was wondering if someone could advise me on a tool I'm building for myself (which I will eventually develop for others to enjoy and perhaps purchase). I'm obviously not much of a coder.
What I want to create on a mobile device (or at least on the Web) is pretty basic, comprised of menus and sub menus of data.
For starters, it'll just be a reference tool. Later, I'll add some more advanced functionality.
The rapid scrolling and clicking through menus that's possible on these mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android) would make them great platforms for my tool. I just need a way to build and update it easily. That's the kicker.
First, I've created outlines in OmniOutliner
and exported them as HTML unordered lists. Second, I've been learning basic CSS coding because it seems like the best way to turn those exported outlines into interactive hover/flyout menus
Plan A.2: Another way to go (beyond flyout menus) is to just mimic an iPhone menu on the web (with CSS and Java). I might end up using this guy's code as a starting place: http://joehewitt.com/files/iphone/navigation.html#_albums
Here's a a similar USC site built for mobile: http://mobile.usc.edu/
The problem with that approach is that each list in the menu/outline requires a new HTML page. Ugh.
Also, I want to make something that can be cached on the device, not requiring internet. I wonder if that can be implemented or if no internet makes all these "built for mobile" web sites moot. I mean, if I can save a Web archive to my desktop, I imagine it can be done on the iPhone (and in reverse).
In other words, I'd rather have an app installed on the iPhone, that runs natively. Not a web-hosted app.
So, plan B: I'm looking for alternates for turnings outlines into menus. The next thing would be to look at Mac's Interface Builder
to create an Mac app that is simply a bunch of menus (and later make it something more). But I don't know if that'll be any easier or quickly updatable. Any experience with that? I gotta find some forums...
Of course, I'd rather have this be cross platform.
For *real* iPhone code, I'm hoping to hunt down a program that is to iPhone/iPad apps what Dreamweaver is to Web page creation. Something like StencilsApp
that generates real code. There are a lot of red herrings out there and folks that want hosting and development fees
. But, I'm sure more and more solutions for non-coders are going to emerge. Know any besides SwebApps?
What other approaches would you suggest?
Thanks for any advice!