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Alpha's next version navigate between Panels in a mobile application

One of the fundamental building blocks to consider as you create a mobile website or application with the next version of Alpha, is how a user will navigate between Panel Cards. Panel Cards are the space on which you group your fields, buttons and controls. In order to move between the Panels, you will employ a Panel Navigator.

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The Panel Navigator is used to select the Panel that is active. Our builders provide you with several different methods for selecting the active panel—including carousel, programmatic, tab buttons, tab band, list and orientation change—all of which are designed to provide a smooth and intuitive end-user experience.
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Using these controls, you'll be able to create a mobile website or mobile application with rich gesture controls, in which the user can slide between panels left to right, right to left, top to bottom or bottom to top. And, when changing the orientation of the mobile device from portrait to landscape or vice-versa, the panels are automatically re-arranged so that they fit optimally in the space available. In today's mobile+ world, with screen sizes from 4 inches to 4 feet, the ability to create a mobile website or application with an optimal user experience on every device is crucial. With the upcoming version of our platform, it's easy.

Video: Overview of the different methods of navigating Panel Cards in a Panel Navigator

This video demonstrates and discusses the use case for each method, and provides insight into how with the next version of Alpha Five, you'll be able to create a mobile website or application with true native-like navigation functionality:
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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

The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.