Alpha Anywhere incorporates CSS Icon Fonts from Font Awesome to help make your Alpha Apps Awesome


The Font-Awesome CSS Icon library ( is bundled with Alpha Anywhere and can be used in the UX, Grid and TabbedUI components to help make your Alpha Anywhere apps awesome looking.

CSS Icon fonts are scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — in terms of size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS.

Other benefits of Icon Fonts are:

  • Infinite Scalability  - Scalable vector graphics means every icon looks awesome at any size.

  • CSS Control -  You can easily style icon color, size, shadow, and anything that's possible with CSS.

  • Perfect on Retina Displays - Font Awesome icons are vectors, which mean they're gorgeous on high-resolution displays.

In this video we show how to use the Font-Awesome font library and CSS icons in general within Alpha Anywhere

Alpha Anywhere lets you also use other 3rd party Icon Fonts as well - Check out this video

Related to these new fonts is the new List Menu Control

A common pattern in mobile applications is to use a List control as the menu. This list control is then displayed in a Panel Window that animates in from the left side of the screen. Icons are typically displayed for each menu choice. CSS Icons are ideal for these types of icons. In this video we show how a List can be easily configured to display a menu. Each item in the List has a CSS Icon in it.

Creating a 'Split-View' using the Pre-Defined 'Split-View' Template

A common pattern in mobile application is the 'split-view' which shows a menu on the left and a work area on the right. On a phone, were space is limited, the menu is hidden and only shown on demand, but on a tablet, the menu is always shown. In this video we show how you can quickly create a UX component that implements a split-view by selecting one of the pre-defined 'split-view' templates. We then explain some of the concepts behind the component.

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About Author

Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

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