Quickly and easily creating split views in your mobile applications

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Quickly and easily creating split views in your mobile applications


A common pattern in mobile website design and in mobile applications is the 'split view'. The split view divides the screen into two logical sections: A left-hand panel that contains a 'menu' and a right-hand panel that contains the 'detail view'.

If the screen is wide enough (for example, when the device is in landscape mode), the menu panel and the detail panel are both shown. But if the screen is not wide enough (for example, when the device is in portrait mode), the menu panel is automatically hidden (i.e. 'docked').

Video: Easily creating a 'split view' mobile website design

In the upcoming version of Alpha, we make it easy for you to build complex panel layout's, including the split view pattern, using our intuitive 'Panel Card Genie'. Just select the pre-defined split view template from the list and Alpha will create the code for you, providing a sophisticated mobile app and mobile website design with minimal effort! But, if you want it, you always have access to the underlying code so that you can customize each and every parameter to your exact specifications.

This video shows how, with the next version of Alpha, you can quickly and easily create a UX component configured to display a 'split view':
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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 www.tubifi.com.

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