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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Designing for iPhone X: Tips and Tricks

by on 12:32 AM
Designing for iPhone X: Tips and Tricks

iPhone X is already here redesigning the way the content is displayed and creating a brand-new experience. It has an edge to edge Super Retina Display with a resolution of 1125×2436 px. iPhone X features a special cut-out at the top of the screen. Thus designing apps for this futuristic machine brings new challenges as well as opportunities. Let’s learn how to design an app or game to feel and look great on iPhone X.

Screen Sizes

iPhone X Screen Sizes
Though the screen width remains the same for iPhone X, and it's 145 pt taller than the iPhone 6, 7, and 8. Such screen dimensions result in 20% more vertical space. When working out the app design for iPhone X, try not to make the UI too complex taking advantage of all new features (cut-out, new home indicator, round edges).


The good news is if you have a native app for iOS, you don’t have to make any changes - the app will be automatically adopted for the new iPhone X. All navigation bars, collection views, tables, and tab bars will be automatically positioned. When designing, you must ensure that the layouts fit the screen perfectly. If your app has a custom layout, you may need to update it for the new iPhone X. With the Auto Layout, everything will be easy.



Designing for iPhone X: Custom Layout
Specific challenges may occur with full-screen images. If you use them, consider updating the app while they can be cropped and some essential elements may be hidden.



Center your content

The device features new sensors and particular screen corners so make sure that your UI won’t get clipped. Speaking about the content, it’s preferable to place it in the center with symmetrical insets. Again with the Auto Layout, your content will be automatically adapted to the safe area of iPhone X. Nothing will be hidden behind round corners, home indicator or sensors.
Designing for iPhone X: Center your content
Note, Apple highly recommend not to hide the cut-out and curved edges. So forget about placing black bars.


Brand-new status bar

Designing for iPhone X: Staus Bar
Due to the sensors, the new bar has got 2 parts. It has become nearly 2x taller than on iPhone 6,7, and 8 (previously it was 20 pt, and now it’s 44 pt). So if your app features a fixed status bar and content just below it, consider updating the app in order not lose anything. Again, don’t forget about the safe area while designing a new app or iOS.


Moreover, the status bar should be visible all time. Since the screen is bigger and taller, it would be a good idea to unhide the bar. It is essential to point, that the new status bar doesn’t change its height when the device records voice or tacks the location.

Where to place interactive controls?

Since the physical home button was replaced by the home indicator, the place of interactive controls should be changed. There should be more space for gestures and swiping up around the home indicator. And if there are interactive controls, how will the user go back to the home screen? The users may accidentally use swiping up, and the UI of an app will be difficult to reach since every time they swipe, they will go back to the home screen.

However, you should and have to use the function bars and tab bars but try not to interfere with the home indicator.

Designing for iPhone X: interactive controls


iPhone X features a redesigned home indicator. Apple decided to opt out of a physical home button. It’s a small white line on the bottom of the screen. To get back to the homescreen, you can swipe up from any app.

With the new iOS, the users get an adoptive home indicator which hides automatically when the screen is inactive and appears when you relaunch the app. This function comes in handy when listing photos or watching videos. Besides the auto-hide, the home indicator adapts to the color of your app’s background and changes it automatically.

With the new smart home indicator, there is no place for button pressing, everything is controlled by gestures. Moreover, you can use custom gestures in games as well as set own gestures to control the device.

More colors than ever before

Designing for iPhone X: Colors

iPhone X features the new Super Retina Display with the support of P3 colors. And it means that the colors are richer and more saturated when compared to the older devices.

Improved security with Face ID

Previously, iPhones were fitted with Touch ID. And iPhone X features Face ID for authentication to keep your data secure. Face ID features state-of-the-art algorithms to scan your face and unlock iPhone X. In case your app needs Apple Pay or other identifications, don’t integrate Touch ID for that, take advantage of the new technology brought up by Apple.

Video

The new screen of iPhone X changes the way video is played on the device. The system video player has two viewing modes - full-screen and fit-to-screen. Make sure that all custom video players behave as expected. The video should fill the display when played. If it fails, it may result in too much cropping. Moreover, it would be great if the users will be able to switch between two viewing modes.

Apple advises keeping the original aspect ratio since the iOS won’t be able to scale the video based on the viewing mode correctly.

Designing for iPhone X: Full screen - fit to screen
Where can I preview my app UI for iPhone X?

The good news is you can use Xcode 9 stimulator to preview your app. And check if something needs to be updated for iPhone X.

In a nutshell

Though the new iPhone X stands out from the crowd providing absolutely new user experience, designing apps for iPhone X is still a smooth sail. Take care of the new display capabilities and its dimensions and make most of them.


Author bio:
Helen Morrice - Technical writer and copywriter at IDAP Group. Say “hi” to us on Facebook or Twitter.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Tale of ChatOnGo for Business

by on 10:24 PM

The dawn of Business Communication apps brought a lot of opportunities to be cashed on. The fact that communication gaps were directly proportional to the attrition rate of the organization had made the advent such apps unavoidable. Business communication apps were the next big thing that the world needed.

Soon came an overabundance of team collaboration tools and corporate chat apps. Each and every business chat app seemed like a copy of the other with nothing new to offer. This rendered these app redundant. There was still a whole in the market which needed to be filled. There was a requirement for periodic dissipation and collection of information. Task management was a challenge; there seemed no way past the clutter.

New and more effective messaging apps came aiming their business at the corporates. Secure messaging apps were what organization seeked and still do. Nimap Infotech, a software and app development company, saw the void that needed to be filled. The company saw it as an opportunity. This is when ChatOnGo for Business was created, co-founded by Mr. Priyank Ranka and Mr. Sagar Nagda. They already had the best resources and team to go ahead with the idea of the business communication app.

The team at ChatOnGo studied the market very deeply to know what the market really wanted. They built the app, brick by brick, with features desirable of the prospective clients. The commitment of the co-founders and the app development team made ChatOnGo for Business a force to be reckoned with. Rising above the redundant business chat apps and giving its competitors a run for their money, ChatOnGo is growing at a pace that is amazing for a new app.

With features like smart messages, category tagging, filters and generating metrics at a secure platform make ChatOnGo for Business what it is. The smart message feature lets you collect information in quantitative, multi-quantitative and many other forms. Not only this, these messages can be scheduled to occur repeatedly on a periodic basis. Additionally, metrics can be generated instantly for any period since the post was made. These features just don’t stop here. ChatOnGo for Business lets you assign and track tasks so that you don’t have to rummage through your calendar to know when the deadline is for a particular task. Communication can be done in the form of public posts on different groups (each for a specific purpose) with privacy control or by chatting one-on-one. The secure messaging app for corporates fills the void for communication perfectly. And when it doesn’t, they customize it as per their client’s needs.

It wouldn’t be so hard to admit for all the stakeholders of ChatOnGo for Business that the app development team has done a commendable job under the leadership of Mr. Ranka and Mr. Nagda creating and developing the app. Their endeavor with making the app better hasn’t ceased yet. They still strive working on the app day and night, just to make the user experience better.

Visit ChatOnGo website for more details about this amazing secure business communication app or download the app from Playstore or iTunes to take it for a spin.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

How to Convert Image to Text on iOS and Android

by on 7:41 AM
Can you imagine your life without smartphones? Probably you can, but it would be a catastrophe. How would you connect with your family and friend from anywhere? How would you take a quick selfie whenever it is a good moment? How would you remember to do all the things from your list? In a nutshell, mobile phones have become indispensable gadgets today that make our life much easier.

Another occasion where smartphones give us a hand and make our life easier is note taking. Nowadays you don't have to lose time on trying to find paper and pen to write down notes, contacts or schedules. Just snap a photo of them and there you go. All important data is preserved quickly and effortlessly. Also, all notes are always at your fingertips given that your mobile phone is always by your side.

However, apart from these positive aspects, there is, unfortunately, a downside, too. For instance, those pieces of information are unusable since they are locked inside the image format. So, when you want to speed up the process and directly copy them to make a call or to forward them through email, you need to do it manually and to squander your time additionally.

Luckily, there is a quick fix for this issue. Image to Text app will accurately convert your images into editable text files. In that way, your data won't be sealed and you'll be able to use it further. Besides, this productivity app has many other helpful features:

  • First-rate recognition and conversion quality
  • No limitations on the file size or number of converted files
  • Screenshots can be converted as well
  • Easily share converted documents or open them in another app
  • Converted documents are editable so, if it's needed, you can quickly make small adjustments in any text editor on your phone or a computer
In addition, Image to Text has a very clear and user-friendly interface. Therefore, it's adapted for every user type. So, let's cut a long story short and let's see how to convert image to text on mobile devices.

  • Firstly, download Image to Text from App Store or Google Play
  • Select a photo you'd like to convert or take a new picture
  • Finally, you'll find your text among converted files
How to Convert Image to Text on iOS and Android

A positive side is that the file is being converted on the servers, so the entire conversion won’t drain your battery. Also, the file is deleted right after the conversion, therefore your data is safe and protected.

The only thing left to do is to download this helpful app and to get the most of your notes!

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