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Re: gEDA-user: Alternate Platforms

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 4:15 AM, rickman <gnuarm.geda@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The list of allowed devices often excludes cell phones with cameras!  Still,
> something smaller than a laptop can be very useful.  When I am with a
> customer it is frequently a problem finding a spot to place a laptop.  A pad
> device would really be useful if it supported proper software.  Maybe I am
> stuck in a rut, but I see things as heading in that direction.  At one time
> I thought a laptop was a luxury and now I won't be without it.  I can see a
> pad replacing my laptop under most situations.  There is nothing that says
> you can't connect a mouse and keyboard for desktop type work is there?  On
> occasion I connect a second monitor to my laptop.

The difference is that whether you use a laptop with an external
screen and keyboard or not the UI behavior is pretty much the same. It
might be more convenient to use with a desktop style set up, yes, but
it is still pretty usable on a plain laptop. There is no chance to get
a similar level of experience on mobile devices (good luck with wiring
up your schematics with a capacitive touch screen).

It might be useful to have a limited functionality mobile viewer or
(simple) editor, though. In this case, however, I'd skip on writing
native applications entirely and go straight to the web. What's needed
is a bunch of PHP/Ruby/... scripts accessing libgeda backend (once it
is complete enough) and perhaps some client-side Javascript for better
experience. That IMHO would be the quickest way of building
applications that are truly portable and adjust to the user's platform
limitation. It could also be useful on desktop for group work - for
example as a browser (or editor if some versioning system is used) of
user contributed symbols.


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